The Perfumer's Secret

Publisher details

Author
Fiona McIntosh
Publisher
Penguin
Genres
Historical Fiction, Romance
Released
16 September, 2015
ISBN
9780143799764

The Perfumer’s Secret

Buy now

Retail partners

Synopsis

Why we love it: The Perfumer's Secret is a romance for the senses. In her signature style, Fiona McIntosh weaves together history and fiction, transporting us to wartime France with her vivid descriptions of the scents that shape her heroine’s life, for better or for worse.

Fleurette Delacroix is the only daughter of one of the two largest perfumers in Grasse. On the eve of the First World War, she is destined to wed Aimery, the son and heir of the De Lasset dynasty, and form a crucial alliance between the two houses.

Unhappy with the arrangement, Fleurette is only saved from the marital bed by the tolling of the bells calling every able-bodied man to war. As she takes her place as mistress of the De Lasset household, she receives a note that will change the destiny of both families forever.

Along with her twin Felix, Fleurette has inherited 'the nose', a magical ability to decipher thousands of scents with one simple sniff. Their talent has inspired envy in the hearts of many, including their older brother Henri, head of the household and negotiator of her arranged marriage. And with her marriage comes the realisation that Aimery's mistress Graciela has no intention of giving him up.

With the men away at war, Fleurette takes her rightful place at the factory alongside the other women left behind, and creates a stockpile of valuable essential oils that can help revive the company once the war has ended. When she and Graciela call a truce, the realisation that she must endure a loveless marriage is laid at her feet. But the sudden arrival of Sebastien, Aimery's half brother, upsets her carefully laid plans.

Born in London after his mother fled her unhappy marriage, Sebastien couldn't be more different to Aimery – dark-haired, kind, gentle. From the moment they meet, a spark passes between them, kindled only by the revelations that he hinted at in his note but refused to reveal in writing. With the war raging on, Fleurette must keep their mutual attraction hidden, and await Aimery's return to reveal a shocking secret that will threaten to tear the social fabric of Grasse apart.

Fiona McIntosh's latest offering is an intimate and unusual portrait of wartime France, and of a perfume dynasty. With her extensive research and her signature writing style, readers are immediately transported into the lives of Fleurette and the people of Grasse. Lovers of McIntosh's previous historical romance novels will be captivated by her headstrong new heroine, who is very much a modern woman.

McIntosh is a prolific and internationally renowned author. After 15 years of running a travel magazine, she decided to try her hand at writing and her first novel, Betrayal, was published in 2001. Since then, she has written 23 adult novels, two non-fiction books, one book of short stories and six children's novels. When not writing, she has a daily ritual of coffee and dark chocolate (her two vices) and loves reading research books for her historical novels.

Fiona McIntosh
About the author

Fiona McIntosh

Fiona McIntosh is an internationally bestselling author of novels for adults and children. She co-founded an award-winning travel magazine with her husband, which they ran for fifteen years while raising their twin sons before she became a full-time author. Fiona roams the world researching and drawing inspiration for her novels, and runs a series of highly respected fiction masterclasses. She calls South Australia home.

Books by Fiona McIntosh

Related articles

The Writer's Room: Resources For Aspiring Authors

News | Book Life

21 January 2022

The Writer's Room: Resources For Aspiring Authors

    Podcast: Johann Hari on Why We're Losing Our Ability to Focus

    Podcast

    17 January 2022

    Podcast: Johann Hari on Why We're Losing Our Ability to Focus

      Activity Pack: Terry Denton's Bumper Books of Stuff to Do

      News | Book Life

      13 January 2022

      Activity Pack: Terry Denton's Bumper Books of Stuff to Do

      Colouring-in Fun with Bluey: Hammerbarn

      News | Book Life

      13 January 2022

      Colouring-in Fun with Bluey: Hammerbarn

      Organising Your Books: How Do You Do It?

      News | Book Life

      12 January 2022

      Organising Your Books: How Do You Do It?

        Podcast: Miriam Margolyes on Her Extraordinary Life Story

        Podcast

        10 January 2022

        Podcast: Miriam Margolyes on Her Extraordinary Life Story

          Combined Genius: Author-Illustrator Teams and How They Work Together

          News | Book Life

          6 January 2022

          Combined Genius: Author-Illustrator Teams and How They Work Together

          Live Book Event: Fiona Palmer, Author of The Long Weekend

          News | Events & Festivals

          5 January 2022

          Live Book Event: Fiona Palmer, Author of The Long Weekend

            Incredible and Inspiring: 5 Books That Tell Amazing True Stories

            News | Book Life

            5 January 2022

            Incredible and Inspiring: 5 Books That Tell Amazing True Stories

              Podcast: Fleur McDonald on Writing Rural Fiction

              Podcast

              4 January 2022

              Podcast: Fleur McDonald on Writing Rural Fiction

                COMMENTS

                Leave a Reply

                Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *