The Secret Ways of Perfume

The Secret Ways of Perfume

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"Scents evoke the memories that linger in our minds and our hearts in this evocative, romantic, international bestselling novel. "Remember Elena, perfume is the truth. The only thing that really counts. Perfume never lies, perfume is what we are, it's our true essence." Elena Rossini has a rare gift: She has the ability to decipher the ingredients of a perfume from its scent alone. Passed down through generations of her family, Elena's ability delights as easily as it overwhelms, especially when she catches a scent in the air that evokes painful memories of her mother. For so long, Elena has avoided the world that was her past. But when a betrayal destroys her dreams for the future, her best friend lures her from Florence to Paris. There, Elena finds that when she is wrapped in the essences of flowers, herbs, and spices, she doesn't feel quite so alone. Once again immersed in the ancient craft of perfumery, Elena searches for a celebrated family recipe that no perfumer has been able to replicate. And as she opens herself up to secret scents and distant memories, Elena discovers the very essence of the woman she could become."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2016
ISBN: 9781101989760
Branch Call Number: Fiction Caboni
Characteristics: 392 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Clarke, Ruth - Translator


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samdog123 May 29, 2017

Although it reads a little bit like a harlequin romance, I did enjoy reading it. I especially like reading about how perfume is made--I had no idea there was such a rich a detailed process involved.

Sep 06, 2016

I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot about the perfume business at the same time. Since it was translated from Italian, the phrasing is sometimes different, but I will look out for more books by this newly discovered author. I also enjoyed the accompanying documentation on different scents and their meanings found at the end of the book, and would like to look up the possibilities of customized scents by artisan perfumers.


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