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Meet Me in Monaco

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  185 ratings  ·  83 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 23rd 2019 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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A delightfully sweet romance layered with historical fiction, life lessons, and difficult choices.


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.

Sophie, a stru
Erika Robuck
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like their wonderful collaboration LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb have again crafted a spellbinding historical romance. Set largely on the lush Cote d’Azur, MEET ME IN MONACO is a tale of first, missed, and second chances–of relatable women and men trying to make good lives for themselves in spite of difficult circumstances. It is a fairy tale set in post-war Europe, with an enchanting, fascinating fairy godmother: Grace Kelly.

This novel about parfumeur, Sophie Duval, has
The advanced copy fairy continues to treat me very well! Here are my thoughts about this fantastic book:

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.
Rian *fire and books*
This was, until the last 34 pages, a perfect 5 star read. It’s still good, delightful, and beautifully written; but the ending, while ultimately sweet, initially left me bitter.
Trish at Between My Lines
Full review coming soon.

Deborah Blanchard
As I sigh and take a deep breath, I wonder and think about this book."If's. Buts. Maybes. Memories and regrets. They are all carried in the stars." I love this quote from this beautiful book. A scent has the power to evoke a memory. Sophie Duval is a perfumer. She creates scents that can hold memories. This book is a richly woven tapestry of love and memories. It is interlaced with Grace Kelly's story of becoming a Princess and is an integral part of Sophie and James story. Sophie and James are ...more
Jenny Belk
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah Monaco. The perfect place for romance. In this delightful book the authors tell the story of actress Grace Kelly traveling to Monaco to join Prince Rainier III in the marriage of the century when she will become Princess Grace. With fairytale worthy descriptions of the castle, the church, the flowers, the wedding dresses, I was swept away to join in all the festivities. This fast-paced love story kept me racing through the pages, hesitant to put it down. It's magical and endearing and I was t ...more
A floating, balmy romantic read that takes place primarily in the Cote 'd Azure of France. The backdrop is a chance meeting of Hollywood star Grace Kelly, perfumer Sophie Duval, and Jim Henderson the photographer she was trying to avoid. From the Cannes Film Festival 1955, the epic wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier, through the next 20+ years, these lives would be intertwined. A love story of coming of age and second chances.

Thanks to William Morrow Paperbacks and Goodreads for the ARC ed
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2019
I’ve always been a fan of Grace Kelly and was very excited to get an early copy of this book. Although only about a small period of Grace Kelly’s life but more about two others who met because of her. It’s their story that’s so good! The whole book grabbed my attention! It was so good, making me wish for more!
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d’Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances...
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
Dorothy Schwab
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Cannes Film Festival of 1955, was the site of the momentous meeting of the international film star, Grace Kelly, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. A short year later, on April 19, 1956, the two were married in a Catholic ceremony at St. Nicholas Cathedral, in front of 600 guests and the world stage of television. The well known love story between a movie star and the world’s most eligible bachelor is well documented in print and documentaries. This iconic “royal wedding” is the backdrop for ...more
Jennifer S. Brown
This is the kind of novel you devour in a day. It's so beautiful, unpredictable, and luscious, and I lost myself in the scents and scenery of southern France and Monaco. This is the story of Sophie, a perfumer trying to keep her business alive in Provence in the 1950s, as well as the story of James Henderson, a British newspaper photographer coming to terms with post-WWII life. The two meet in the hoopla surrounding the wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Sophie is commissioned t ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: william-morrow
As I sit back and sigh contentedly over this lovely read, the words that come to mind are…enchanting, romantic, tantalizing, glamorous. This is one of the most satisfying reads I have had in a while.

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
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading an ARC of Meet Me In Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, courtesy of Goodreads Giveaway.

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
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
full review to come. can't decide on stars yet.
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
Feb 19, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
***SPOILER ALERT*** While I'm reading this book, my review may contain spoilers. Proceed at your own risk ;)

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Location: France

I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I dry my tears, I am ready to jet off to the Cote d'Azur. I want to drown myself in the scents and sunshine. But you don't need to spend a fortune on a vacation to the French Riviera, Meet Me in Monaco will take you there within its pages.

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
Tracie Gutknecht
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, from-m-and-m
A sweet, poignant, unrequited loved story set against the historical events of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier's courtship and marriage.

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
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars but rounded up!

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
1955, Cannes Film Festival, actress Grace Kelly and other Hollywood elite jet-set along the picturesque Côte d'Azur. Local perfumer, Sophie Duval struggles to keep her small shop open until she befriends the beguiling actress and soon a budding relationship ensues. On the heels of Grace Kelly's marriage to Prince Rainier of Monaco, Sophie's own fairytale love story unfolds when she meet British photographer James Henderson. MEET ME IN MONACO is a novel filled with glamour, passionate love and ne ...more
Such a romantic story...the setting of the Côte d’Azur, the lovely fragrances of flowers and perfumes that I could imagine so vividly. And running through the background of the main story is the marriage of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Sigh.
Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways for the advance reader copy.
Joni Haynes
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book from Goodreads. I haven't quite finished it, but since you are asking me for my review, here it is: This is far from the type of story I am usually attracted to, but this book has turned out to be quite enchanting! Additionally, it actually runs alongside a period of history that actually happened...The story of the marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco...which was truly an exciting bit of history! I am ever so grateful to have won this book that I might not have d ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic historical fiction.
Jun 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This novel sounds like a treat after reading multiple fantasy books!
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a pleasant story of a chance meeting between a British photographer and a French perfumier during the visit and subsequent marriage of Grace Kelly in Monaco. It has the old-fashioned feel and formality of a 50's Hollywood romance. An easy read with some interesting details for that time period, I found it an enjoyable for a rainy, spring afternoon.
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
Davida Chazan
Woohoo! This is my 300th book review! See what I thought of this historical, biographical, women's fiction novel that is being touted as a "summer read" (because of the romance aspect) but I call it "Heaven Scent" (and no, that's not a misspelling) on my blog now!
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-give-away
The backdrop of the story is the whirlwind courtship and marriage of Grace Kelly and the Prince of Monaco. The actual story centers around Sophie Duval and James Henderson. Sophie is a perfumer and James is a British press photographer. The book opens when Grace Kelly escapes into Sophie's shop as she alludes the photographer Henderson. A bond is formed between Grace and Sophie, as well as, Sophie and the photographer, James. It is an utterly gripping story -- very difficult to put down. The cha ...more
Chris Markley
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unexpected meeting in a perfume store in Cannes between Grace Kelly and perfumer Sophie Duval has a profound impact on the perfumer. Struggling to keep her family business afloat the meeting with Grace Kelly provides an unexpected opportunity, an unexpected romance, and an unexpected friend. A story of a woman trying to follow her heart in a world were women are expected to defer to men.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc for my honest review
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 Stars

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
Susan Gorman
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The 1955 Cannes Film festival provides the glamorous setting for Meet Me in Monaco. The fast paced courtship between movie star Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer and the slow burn attraction between photographer James Henderson and perfumer Sophie Duval captivated me and drew me into the story immediately.
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
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Hazel Gaynor is the acclaimed New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author of A MEMORY OF VIOLETS and THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, for which she received the 2015 Romantic Novelists’ Association Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel, THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY, was an Irish Times and Globe and Mail bestseller, and was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Bo ...more