Reader Review: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro


At, we love a good, can’t-put-down book — or maybe even a whole library full of them. From fan favorites and must-read lists to up-and-coming authors, we’ve interviewed the greatest literary enthusiasts around. So what exactly is on their nightstand? Read on to find out, and be sure to check back regularly for the latest page-turning talk.

Our first What’s On My Nightstand? spotlight is Shane of Itching for Books. This avid reader and book blogger has a slew of in-depth reviews and book ratings on her site and is very active in the book community.

Read on for her opinion on Kathleen Tessaro’s latest novel, and find out whether or not it should be your next read, too.

Review: The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro (A must-read!)

Can you provide a brief introduction to what this book is about?

Shane: I’ve just finished reading The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro, and it was beyond impressive. My interpretation of the story is that it’s about finding oneself and learning to accept who you are. It’s also about the delightful yet smaller things in life and what you think is important to you. Also, I can’t rule out the aspect of love and how the characters yearn for it.

What kind of reader would like this book the most?

Shane: I think that if you love historical fiction, romance, mystery, family drama, or if you’re just looking for something different — away from fantasy and paranormal — then this is definitely a book for you. It’s beautifully written, and you have to take your time to go through the words to really soak it in and just envision everything the author is trying to convey.

Would you recommend this book? Why or why not?

Shane: I highly recommend this book. Its just wonderful. The story in itself is very impressive, and I think it’ll be a great sit-down for anyone of any age. I don’t want to give too much away, but I think readers will love the story of Grace and Eva, their connection, and the experiences both have endured.

What is next on your nightstand?

Shane: I have a bunch of books to review, but I really want to read some contemporary novels throughout summer. So, I think I’ll start Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg next.

For an in-depth review and synopsis on The Perfume Collector, read more here. A special thanks to Shane for talking to us about her nightstand reads, and be sure to discuss the book with her on Twitter or Facebook.

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