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Madame Mirabou's School of Love by Barbara Samuel
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Mar 21, 10

Read in March, 2010

Scent of Hours
This is the story of a recently divorced woman named Nikki, who tries to find her way in the world while feeling bitter and bewildered. After (accidentally) blowing up her house, she moves to an apartment complex she dubs "Splitsville," and makes new friends. Her ex-husband and teenaged daughter are in London, living with his new wife.

Nikki's passion is perfume. Each chapter opens with notes from a journal she's kept all her life, outlining various scents and feelings brought about by those scents. Her dream is to one day open a perfume shop; however, she has to move through her bitterness and pain before realizing she is entitled to her dreams.

The story is well written and the characters are colorful and well drawn. The sense of smell is so strong, it comes through on each page. Anyone with the slightest interest in perfumes or the art/chemistry of making perfume will enjoy and appreciate the way this rather unremarkable story is crafted.

Overall, it was a quick read and I enjoyed experiencing Nikki's growth from page one to page three-hundred and seven. It also made me really appreciate the author's talent for sensory writing.
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