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The Perfume Garden

The Perfume Garden

Author(s): Kate Lord Brown

Location(s): Valencia

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s/early 1940s and early 2000s

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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, the garden, laden with orange blossom, grown wild.

Emma Temple is the first to unlock its doors in seventy years. Guided by a series of letters and a key bequeathed in her mother’s will, she has left her job as London’s leading perfumier to restore this dilapidated villa to its former glory. It is the perfect retreat: a wilderness redolent with strange and exotic scents, heavy with the colours and sounds of a foreign time. But for her grandmother, Freya, a British nurse who stayed here during Spain’s devastating civil war, Emma’s new home evokes terrible memories.

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Human relationships are at the heart of this books and I could smell and taste Spain as I read this book – Tina Jowett –

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