This is a charming little book that lightly delves into the art of perfumery. Sprinkled throughout the narrative are descriptions of different scents, when to use them and the memories they invoke. This is a nice addition to the story; informative without being intrusive.
Nicole’s new life involves waiting tables at a local organic restaurant, helping her neighbors in Splitsville, coping with her daughter’s decision to live on the other side of the country with her father, and testing the waters of being a single woman again after so many years. Top it off with a little will-the-insurance-company-pay-up and what-to-do-with-the-rest-of-my-life quandaries and it all wraps up nicely.
This is a light book. With the exception of Madame Mirabou’s emotional instability, which is not dwelled on, nothing too depressing happens. This makes for a lovely get-away book, a good beach or vacation read. Some wonderful things about this book that make it stand out from other books of this genre is that Nicole, the main character, isn’t perfect either on the inside or the outside. She’s 40-ish, on the plumper side, she is aware of the how the world works, and she works for a living and relizes the consequences of missing a shift.
As an audio book “reader” the narrator is very important to me. This one was great. The narration flowed nicely with different and distinctive voices for each character. The narrator’s voice was easy on the ears and added to the story unobtrusively. That may sound strange if you aren’t an audio book aficionado but those that listen to audio books a lot will know what I mean. The voice of the narrator should never remind you that they are narrating. There shouldn’t be a time when you are shocked out of the story-world by the narrator’s voice.