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A Perfumer’s Secret by Adria J. Cimino is an amazing book about how discovering one’s talents can help you move on with one’s life. The story centers around New York perfumer Zoe Flore who leaves work unexpectedly to travel to the South of France to collect an inheritance from a relative she never knew. Her inheritance is a formula for a fragrance, the smell of which reminds Zoe of the perfume her mother wore before she passed away when Zoe was a teenager. The day Zoe receives the formula, it is stolen from her hotel room. It turns out more than one person wants to get their hands on this formula. Zoe wants it for sentimental reasons, while a few others desire it so they can make a profit from it.
There is so much that I really enjoyed about this book: (1) the well-developed characters, including an angsty teenager whose zest for life and inquisitive nature helps her befriend Zoe; (2) the research that went into this book, especially Grasse, France and the entire perfume industry; and (3) the mystery surrounding Zoe’s mother who moved to New York when she found out she was pregnant with Zoe and who never told Zoe who was her father.
Teri Schnaubelt narrated this audiobook and she did an outstanding job. She uses differing voices for all of the characters, young and old. Her narration was easy to listen to and she demonstrated the right amount of worry, exasperation, and yearning in all the right places. Simply put, this audiobook will pull at your heartstrings. Brava!
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