Our book club meetings have been getting stretched farther and farther apart as everyone has gotten busy and it has been hard to nail down a night that works for most members. This month we read The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro. I loved it, it was just what I needed to escape my day-to-day and get transported to another time and continent. The book goes back and forth between two intertwined story lines and I was drawn into both. I liked how easily it wove together and there was some beautiful passages I underlined. I rarely make notes or want to look back at what I read but I did love these quotes and how they spoke to the sections they were in:
To me chance isn’t random. The universe is bound by unseen threads. We have only to untangle them a little to see a pattern unfold. (page 77)
Maybe we need to literally come to our senses, to return to our sense of taste, sight, smell, hearing and find sustenance in them, inspiration. Life is, after all, a sensual experience. Our senses have the power to truly transport us but to also ground us. Make us human. (page 159)
The ideal muse is a woman whose rough edges and contradictions drive you to fill in the blanks of her character. She is the irritant to your creativity. A remarkable possibility, waiting to be formed. (page 224)
I really appreciated the fashion details throughout and how Paris was such a wonderful backdrop. It you are looking for something special, give it a go.
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