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The Perfume Garden Paperback – June 1, 2012
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Weaving back and forth between the early 2000s and the late 1930s, The Perfume Garden shows the horror and brutality of a world at war but also the strength and courage of those that will fight for the truth even when everything else has been lost. It also highlights the devastation that can come from secrets and fear and the need for honesty and love to repair the damage life can cause.
Loving stories that mesh together the past and present I was very excited to read The Perfume Garden. The descriptions and story lines centered around the Spanish Civil War were vibrant and compelling. The horror and savagery of war was made even more poignant by humanizing it through Freya and Charles's perspectives. These scenes are very realistic and hard to read at times but made so touching by the beauty - in butterflies and babies - the characters seem to find through the haze of horror. These portions were beautifully done.
I found Emma's modern story line to be less interesting.Read more ›
Illegitimacy in all three generations of the one family is handled so beautifully that all the women rose naturally to realize their potential and without belabouring their births.
The storyline is fresh and new.
The perfumery it's historical connections and information for manufacture opened up a whole new area of research.
The endurance of these lovely characters, their tolerance and endless patience is a hitherto ,for me, unknown area.
To be born with a "nose" is a gift indeed, but to recognize this gift and train it has filled all three books by Kate Lord Brown with an addictive attraction to read and read, about her wholesome , but troubled characters.
Keep writing please Kate Lord Brown.
Beverley Mosley, new Zealand
Emma is at a crossroads in her life. She has lost her mother and her fiance to her best friend and on top of it all she is pregnant. She needs a new start and although her mother is gone she has left Emma with a way to maybe achieve that for herself. She left her a key to a home in Valencia, Spain and Emma feels that she needs to go there – to see why her mother left her this key. She also left Emma a box full of letters on all kinds of topics covering things she wouldn’t be able to share with Emma anymore. Against the advice of her grandmother Freya but with the encouragement of her Uncle Charles Emma travels to Valencia and there finds the ramshackle home that her mother left her. This doesn’t discourage Emma though. She’s actually excited to renovate it to its former glory and to get back to what she really wants to do with her life – make fragrances.
The story goes back and forth between Emma’s life and in the past to the Spanish Civil War in the 1930′s.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you love Spain and all things Spanish, then this is definitely a novel for you! We were enchanted by the style that pulls the reader in and the wonderful evocations of Valencia... Read morePublished 19 months ago by TripFiction
The Perfume Garden was very interresting for me to read because I have been to all the places they are telling about. Read morePublished on July 5, 2014 by R. L. Muren
Truly enchanting read.. That totally removes you from day to day reality and takes you on a journey of intrigue, best book I've read in a long timePublished on March 12, 2013 by Fredandfreddy