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The Perfume Garden
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A sensuously written international bestseller of lost love, family secrets, and the art of creating a perfect perfume, perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Tatiana de Rosnay.High in the hills of Valencia, a forgotten house guards its secrets. Untouched since Franco's forces tore through Spain in 1936, the whitewashed walls have crumbled, and the garden, laden with orange blossom, grows wild. Emma Temple, London's leading perfumer, is the first to unlock its doors in seventy years. Her free-spirited mother has just passed away, leaving her the house mysteriously purchased just before her death. At the same time, Emma broke up with her long-time lover and business partner, although she carries his baby.Guided by a series of letters and a key bequeathed to her in her mother's will, Emma makes it her mission to restore the beautiful but decaying house to its former glory. But for her aging grandmother, Freya, a British nurse who stayed in Valencia during Spain's devastating civil war, Emma's new home evokes memories of a terrible secret, a part of her family's past that until now has managed to stay hidden. With two beautifully interwoven narratives and a lush, atmospheric setting, Kate Lord Brown's The Perfume Garden is a dramatic, emotional debut that readers won't soon forget.
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KATE LORD BROWN won the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition, Middle East region, in 2014; was a finalist in ITV's The People's Author competition 2009; and has a master's in creative writing. She lives in the Middle East with her family.

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"At its core, this is a love story celebrating both romantic and parental love, a tale that fans of romantic women's fiction will enjoy." --Booklist "Beautifully written and researched, this is an intensely atmospheric read, and a hugely enjoyable one." --Isabel Wolff, international bestselling author of A Vintage Affair "Sweepingly romantic . . . heartbreaking at times; a vivid, gripping read." --Katherine Webb, international bestselling author of The Legacy "At its core, this is a love story celebrating both romantic and parental love, a tale that fans of romantic women's fiction will enjoy." "Booklist" "Beautifully written and researched, this is an intensely atmospheric read, and a hugely enjoyable one." Isabel Wolff, international bestselling author of "A Vintage Affair" "Sweepingly romantic . . . heartbreaking at times; a vivid, gripping read." Katherine Webb, international bestselling author of "The Legacy"" ""The Perfume Garden" swept me along with its interlinked stories of love and loss, heroism and hope. Beautifully written and researched this is an intensely atmospheric read, and a hugely enjoyable one." --Isabel Wolff, international bestselling author of "A Vintage Affair ""Sweepingly romantic ... heartbreaking at times; a vivid, gripping read." --Katherine Webb, international bestselling author of The Legacy "I found myself bewitched by The Perfume Garden ... a deliciously winding narrative that takes us into the heart of battle, the locked rooms of family secrets, and the alluring promise of finally finding true love." --Good Housekeeping (UK) "The novel is beautifully constructed, with the characters' individual experiences gradually weaving together, and the events of the past unfolding to reveal aftershocks in Emma's present... Brown's pacing is exquisite, revealing each twist slowly and deliberately, leaving you gripped to the end." --The Bookseller (UK) "This book is exactly the sort of book I love to read the most ... the setting is wonderfully romantic and evocative, and Emma's job as a perfumier adds an extra frisson of sensuous interest. I have always been fascinated by this period of history, and THE PERFUME GARDEN does an extraordinary job of bringing it to life." --Kate Forsyth, international bestselling author of Bitter Greens "An absolute treat. There were some tearful moments, the occasionally funny moment and several 'Oh no!' moments. If I could have given this book 11/10 I would have done so." --Novelicious (grade: 10/10) "This book is an intelligent blend of beauty and sentimentality, and the moving nature of human experience during wartime." --Bookgeeks Praise for The Perfume Garden "Sweepingly romantic ... heartbreaking at times; a vivid, gripping read." --Katherine Webb, international bestselling author of The Legacy "I found myself bewitched by The Perfume Garden ... a deliciously winding narrative that takes us into the heart of battle, the locked rooms of family secrets, and the alluring promise of finally finding true love." --Good Housekeeping (UK) "The novel is beautifully constructed, with the characters' individual experiences gradually weaving together, and the events of the past unfolding to reveal aftershocks in Emma's present... Brown's pacing is exquisite, revealing each twist slowly and deliberately, leaving you gripped to the end." --The Bookseller (UK) "This book is exactly the sort of book I love to read the most ... the setting is wonderfully romantic and evocative, and Emma's job as a perfumier adds an extra frisson of sensuous interest. I have always been fascinated by this period of history, and THE PERFUME GARDEN does an extraordinary job of bringing it to life." --Kate Forsyth, international bestselling author of Bitter Greens "An absolute treat. There were some tearful moments, the occasionally funny moment and several 'Oh no!' moments. If I could have given this book 11/10 I would have done so." --Novelicious (grade: 10/10) "This book is an intelligent blend of beauty and sentimentality, and the moving nature of human experience during wartime." --Bookgeeks

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