Monday, 6 January 2020

Meet Me In Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

"Each scent holds a mystery - its own story."
Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, Meet Me In Monaco

During the Cannes Film Festival, Grace Kelly is trying to dodge a British photographer and slips into the perfume boutique owned by Sophie Duval. What follows is a touching life-long friendship between Sophie and Grace, as well as a special connection between Sophie and James, that British photographer Grace Kelly was initially trying to avoid. Years pass, Grace's own romance with the Prince of Monaco progresses, and James finds himself back in France to cover the royal wedding.

Sophie and James long to see if a relationship is possible between them; however, the sacrifices they must make may simply be too enormous.

Meet Me in Monaco is romantic and bittersweet. The landscape of Monaco, Èze, and Cannes, as well as the sensual descriptions of the different perfumes, create a wonderful atmosphere in this story. It is perfect for readers who loved The Gown by Jennifer Robson. I didn't know much about the life of Grace Kelly before reading this novel, and I always enjoy books that have me Googling world history.

I lived in France for a year, so I have a soft spot for novels that transport me back to that country. I even spent a weekend in Monaco, Èze, and Nice, and I remembered those places fondly when I thought of James, Sophie, and Grace.

I enjoyed this collaboration between Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb quite a bit, and I look forward to reading The Last Christmas in Paris next.


Disclaimer - I received a complementary copy of this novel from Harper Collins Canada. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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