Meet Me in Monaco
You are invited to attend the wedding of the century...
Sophie Duval of Grasse, France is a pragmatic young woman and highly respected parfumeur, whom many of the rich and famous of the Riviera have entrusted with the job of creating the perfect scent for them. As the Cannes Film Festival kicks off its ninth year, Sophie prepares to spend the tourist season on the Riviera w...more
The beautiful actress Grace Kelly is visiting the Cannes Film Festival in May 1955 where she is relentlessly pursued by a British photographer. Kelly enters a perfume shop where she is tucked away in an office by the shop’s owner, Sophie Duval just as the pursuing photographer enters the shop. Because of this act of kindness the two women form a bond that lasts a lifetime.
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This novel about parfumeur, Sophie Duval, has ...more
Webb and Gaynor’s latest collaboration is a historical fiction home run. The duo brings to life a vivid, engaging heroine, a glorious Côte d'Azur setting, and the ultimate princess, Grace Kelly. MEET ME IN MONACO is smart, romantic, and heartbreaking, and the tale captivates from the start.
Thanks to William Morrow Paperbacks and Goodreads for the ARC ed ...more
There is so much to love about this book. Fabulous setting, interesting characters, and a story of second chances we can all root for. Totally enjoyed each page, could ...more
Before Meghan Markle’s wedding there was the wedding of Grace Kelly to the Prince of Monaco. Through Gaynor and Webb’s exquisite descriptions of the vistas, the clothing, and the scents I felt like I was part of the story. The book also has several very memorable quotations. More a love story than h ...more
I started reading this book under the impression it was Historical Fiction, but soon realized although it takes place in Monaco in the mid 1950's, technically fitting into the genre, it is definitely a love story.
Also to my surprise, this is not the story of Grace Kelly meeting her prince. Grace is present - the story opens with her sliding into a perfume shop to avoid a persiste ...more
i was liking this, nowhere near as much as Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I, but liking it well enough... but one thing was annoying me and i wasn't terribly happy with it, but then! that one thing happens! i knew something like that was going to happen, but then it was like the book came to a fork in the road and i expected it to go left but it went right. not happy jan! ugh. it's made me cranky, i tell you.
so, right now, i am cranky ...more
I have long been a Grace Kelly fan and I adored the way Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor wove her story into that of Sophie and James. The story enfolds with a serendipitous meeting of Grace and Sophie at Sophie's perfumerie, where Grace ends up hiding from new ...more
Sophie Duval, a French perfumer, with locations in both Cannes and Grasse, meets Grace Kelly in the most unexpected way. Grace steps into her store to escape the paparazzi. She is in Cannes for the film festival and to meet Prince Rainier for the first time, as a publicity event. While in the store, Sophie and Grace chat amicably.
James Henderson, the British pre ...more
I absolutely adored this book! It is beautifully written and alternates between James’ perspective (British photographer), Sophie’s perspective (French perfumer), and newspaper headlines of Grace Kelly which makes this an easy and quick read. You won’t have a more gorgeous setting for a book (Cote d’ Azur!). Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco meet and then eventually marry. The book begins when Grace Kelly escapes into Sophie’s perfume shop as she tries to get away ...more
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I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc for my honest review
I wanted to love this book. I adored and devoured Last Christmas In Paris. I love historical fiction, though to be fair this is a bit more recent than I usually like.
The beginning was a bit slow and just didn't grab me, but once I got into "act 2" (though a bit before the actual 2nd divider in the book) I was hooked and didn't want to put it down. But then the ending was so unsatisfying. I struggle becaus ...more
Actress Grace Kelly is being chased by photographer James Henderson. Hoping to avoid him, she stops in Sophie’s store where she is offered refuge. James enters the store and asks about Grace—Sophi ...more