What is French for falling in love?
When Del leaves small town America to compete in a perfume competition in Paris, she thinks it is just the next step on her five-year-plan. It’s an exciting opportunity. What started out as just a dream for Del and her twin sister is nearly in her grasp. If she wins this competition, they are on their way to opening their very own perfume boutique!
Arriving in Paris, watching the sun glinting off the Seine and wandering the Champs-Elysees, Del discovers the most perfect perfumery she’s ever seen. Yet, as the competition dawns Del realises that whilst she might have had the best nose in her small village, her competitors seem to know more than she could ever have dreamed. This competition isn’t going to be easy…
Del has the romance of Paris to sweep her away from her worries, but as the competition heats up, so does her desire for that which she cannot have! If only the dashing owner Sébastien didn’t smell so seductive, look so handsome and make her heart flutter like it never has before. They say love smells as sweet as a red rose in bloom, but Del would tell anyone that true love can’t be bottled – it’s beautiful and unique to everyone…even herself. With everything on the line for her future, can Del really let a little attraction get in the way of securing her dreams?
When I knew this novel from Rebecca Raisin was being released I was so excited to be able to get hold of a copy. I absolutely adored Rebecca’s previous novels, she has a way of writing romance novels that just get inside and warm my heart.
From the beginning I loved Del, in many ways she reminded me of me, she was searching for a new start and also for her way in life. When she arrives in Paris she has no clue, she is scared, she speaks no french and when she meets a beautiful man she falls for him, quite literally and it’s hilarious.
She is so messy and clumsy around Sebastien it’s adorable and is actually what made me love her more. She goes to pieces around him, red hot, pink in the face and feeling like she had a fever – yep, been there I feel you girl!
Who could blame her, Sebastien is everything beautifully Parisian. He is tall, he’s dark, he’s got stunning green eyes, he dresses well, and he smells wonderful, obviously.
We follow Del as she grows in her talent throughout the book which I love. She takes on the competition with skill and determination, even though she is lacking in self belief. I was willing her to succeed with every page, as the competition hots up, rivalries get fiercer and it seems that some will stop at nothing win I just kept hoping good would triumph.
I found Del’s room mate clementine hilarious but I am sure if i lived with her I would want to beat her to death with one of her fancy shoes. She was a nightmare but she was so well written I could see her as I read, in all her over the top burlesque Parisian glory.
I absolutely adored the way that perfume was spoken about throughout this book, it could be a cure all or a way to help you deal with one certain emotion or situation. So much more than just a scent, it was like there was magic in the little bottles being brewed.
There was a lot of heartbreak and grief dealt with throughout the book, I could feel the grief that emanated from the pages but I could also feel the hope which made me smile through the sadness.
I think rebecca has done an absolutely incredible job with this novel, it was everything I hoped it would be. Romantic, emotional, hilarious in places but most of all beautiful. It took me on a whirlwind of emotions through the streets of Paris and the fields of Provence, I also don’t think I will think of perfume in quite the same way.
Thank you to Rebecca and NetGalley for providing me this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.