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"Filled with the vivid sites and scents of alluring Provence, Ms. Cimino delivers an intriguing story of love, family ties... and French perfume. With a deft eye for detail, and a wonderfully drawn cast of characters, this novel will keep you turning the pages to the very end!" -- Diane Haeger, best-selling author
"A beautifully descriptive journey into a perfumer's world where lush French scenery, long-held family secrets, irresistible romance, and magnificent scents are brought to life on the page by this talented author." -- Juliette Sobanet, best-selling author of Meet Me in Paris
"I loved A Perfumer's Secret. How could I not? From the first line, I was caught up in it and unable to put it down." -- Cathy Lamb, author of My Very Best Friend
"Adria J. Cimino is indeed a talented writer who brings a beautifully written plot to readers. I highly recommend this title to readers everywhere." -- Readers' Favorite Book Reviews (5 Stars)
About the Author
Adria J. Cimino is the author of the Amazon best-selling novel Paris, Rue des Martyrs, as well as A Perfumer's Secret, Close to Destiny, and The Creepshow. She also co-founded boutique publishing house Velvet Morning Press. Prior to jumping into the publishing world full time, she spent more than a decade as a journalist at news organizations including The AP and Bloomberg News.
Adria writes about her real-life adventures at AdriaJCimino.com and on Twitter @Adria_in_Paris. She lives in Paris with her husband Didier and daughter Phèdre. When she isn’t writing, you can find Adria at her neighborhood café watching the world go by.
This was a lovely book about relationships and perfume.
Zoe works as a perfumer. Her mother, Barbara Rose, was also in the business but died several years ago. She believes that she doesn't have any other family until she receives an inheritance from someone claiming to be her great-aunt. She goes to Grasse, where her mother was from and receives her inheritance and that is stolen the very next day. She tells herself she can use the formula for the perfume her mother always were to revise for an important contract she is working on.
Ms. Cimino takes Zoe on a journey while in Grasse that brings her closer to her mother. Along the way she discovers more about herself, she also finds love. Blended with the Zoe's story is side stories that deepen the connection to the characters.
Very good summer reading. Your warm heart will wrap your tender spirit in luscious memories. I certainly remember my mother's scent. And the aroma of my husband the night we met. And that our children and grandchildren, of course. This as a good story, but sadness comes from multiple sources, the worst being the action of a teenage girl.Consequences of that occurrence should have been addressed. There's a bit of the heroine doing ridiculous, self centered and very immature things, and I had to remove a star because of that incongruity. The author seemed to catch herself as the boyfriend ruminated on the childish behavior.
I really enjoyed this novel. It held my interest and had enough twists in the plot to keep me wanting to know more. It certainly took me back to France and the beautiful South of France! I found the characters interesting and I wanted their story to continue even at the end of the book. It was a fun read and I needed a fun read to offset the somber times that we are living in. I look forward to more great novels from this author!
I was very intrigued by the title and a chance to learn more about the perfume business. The author has done her research or is very knowledgeable regarding terms, formulas and the working of this industry. I found it interesting, but a little hard to follow all of the formulas listed with all the different ingredients it takes to make up perfume. This may not be fair because it is not meant to be a how to guide. I enjoyed her wonderful descriptions of the small French town and surrounding countryside. I found the book a little on the long side and I felt there might be a few too many relatives and extra characters. I felt they were not as developed as they could have been. But this is true in the real world, including my own. Some of the language may be offensive to some. I received this for an honest review.
Definitely a sensual and sensory journey through the world of perfumery and Grasse, France. The characters evolve as do their juices to represent their lives. Never before had the idea of perfume formulas and scents seemed to reflect histories of relationships and people. A fascinating mix of elements to create a story!
This is a really fun book, a mystery and no one dies! the character development was well written. Fun to learn about perfume, next time I am in the so of France I will go to Grasse. T his was a very good vacation read