Oh wow — I loved The Henna Artist SO much so I was thrilled to review book 3 of this trilogy The Perfumist of Paris which focuses on Radha’s life, both personal and professional, in Paris as she works creating scents in a high end company. I loved these characters in the first two books and was so happy to be back with them again. This story follows the previous two, but it could stand alone or be even be read if you have only read The Henna Artist. Alka Joshi’s writing is so beautiful with such exquisite attention to detail and senses that you feel as if you were there. Loved this story and Radha’s “journey” as a mother, wife, and career woman in the 1970’s. Highly recommended!
Thank you for my copy and for making me part of the tour! I’ve loved all three of these historical fiction books highlighted for this tour this winter!
THE PERFUMIST OF PARIS
Author: Alka Joshi
Publication Date: March 28, 2023
Publisher: MIRA Books
Born in India and raised in the U.S. since she was nine, Alka Joshi has a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from California College of Arts. Joshi’s debut novel, The Henna Artist, immediately became a NYT bestseller, a Reese Witherspoon Bookclub pick, was Longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, & is in development as a TV series. Her second novel, The Secret Keeper of Jaipur (2021), is followed by The Perfumist of Paris (2023). Find her online at www.alkajoshi.com.
“A stunning portrait of a woman blossoming into her full power…this is Alka Joshi’s best book yet!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Diamond Eye
From the author of Reese’s Book Club Pick The Henna Artist, the final chapter in Alka Joshi’s New York Times bestselling Jaipur trilogy takes readers to 1970s Paris, where Radha’s budding career as a perfumer must compete with the demands of her family and the secrets of her past.
Paris, 1974. Radha is now living in Paris with her husband, Pierre, and their two daughters. She still grieves for the baby boy she gave up years ago, when she was only a child herself, but she loves being a mother to her daughters, and she’s finally found her passion—the treasure trove of scents.
She has an exciting and challenging position working for a master perfumer, helping to design completely new fragrances for clients and building her career one scent at a time. She only wishes Pierre could understand her need to work. She feels his frustration, but she can’t give up this thing that drives her.
Tasked with her first major project, Radha travels to India, where she enlists the help of her sister, Lakshmi, and the courtesans of Agra—women who use the power of fragrance to seduce, tease and entice. She’s on the cusp of a breakthrough when she finds out the son she never told her husband about is heading to Paris to find her—upending her carefully managed world and threatening to destroy a vulnerable marriage.
The Jaipur Trilogy
Book 1: The Henna Artist
Book 2: The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
Book 3: The Perfumist of Paris
Author Website: www.alkajoshi.com
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