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Meet Me in Monaco

by Hazel Gaynor

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"A fragrant French bonbon of a book: love, glamour, perfume, and paparazzi all circling around the wedding of the century..."--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS. Named one of InStyle's best books to put in your totebag for the summer! Named one of Popsugar's best books to put in your beachbag this summer and one of the best books of July! Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly's whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d'Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances... Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique to fend off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy. James Henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly's wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie--like Princess Grace--must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.… (more)

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I really enjoyed the entertained stories (which, happily, featured Grace as a tangent rather than the main plot), but didn’t feel much connection with the protagonists, especially Sophie, oddly enough. On the whole, very enjoyable. ( )
  JenniferElizabeth2 | Aug 25, 2020 |
The Cannes and Monaco settings is the perfect setting for this book. Rather than this book being another book about Grace Kelly I loved that she is a character in the book and it adds so much to the story. I fondly relived my quick day trip to Monaco on my way from France to Italy (years ago)through this book and loved it! ( )
  clp412 | Jul 7, 2020 |
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Sophie is a young woman who is trying to make her way as a perfumer in Monaco at the same time Grace Kelly is falling in love with her Prince. On what starts as an ordinary day Grace Kelly comes running into Sophie's shop to try and escape a photographer. Sophie hides her and that leads to unexpected friendships.

While I was a little excited that Grace Kelly would play a larger role this is Sophie's story. Ms. Kelly is a very minor player. Still, this is a sweet story albeit with a really strange ending. That's the one thing I still can't reconcile. ( )
  BooksCooksLooks | Jun 5, 2020 |
Enjoyed this one. I recommend to anyone who is a fan of old Hollywood, particularly Grace Kelly. ( )
  Crystal423 | Mar 23, 2020 |
Sophie is startled when movie star Grace Kelly runs into her perfume shop in an attempt to escape a photographer. Sophie takes charge, hides her, and sends James, the photographer on his way. Later, when James is one of the handful of photographers present at the first meeting between Grace Kelly and the Prince of Monaco, he gives her Sophie's business card. Grace orders perfume from Sophie, and a friendship is born. James, unable to forget the beautiful and alluring Sophie, writes to her, and the two begin a flirtation and relationship.

This was a well written and engaging story. It was well paced and presented. Sophie and James were dynamic and realistic characters. The settings of Cannes and Grasse was interesting and well done. Overall, well worth picking up. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Mar 6, 2020 |
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"A fragrant French bonbon of a book: love, glamour, perfume, and paparazzi all circling around the wedding of the century..."--Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of THE ALICE NETWORK and THE HUNTRESS. Named one of InStyle's best books to put in your totebag for the summer! Named one of Popsugar's best books to put in your beachbag this summer and one of the best books of July! Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly's whirlwind romance and unforgettable wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, New York Times bestselling author Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb take the reader on an evocative sun-drenched journey along the Côte d'Azur in this page-turning novel of passion, fate and second chances... Movie stars and paparazzi flock to Cannes for the glamorous film festival, but Grace Kelly, the biggest star of all, wants only to escape from the flash-bulbs. When struggling perfumer Sophie Duval shelters Miss Kelly in her boutique to fend off a persistent British press photographer, James Henderson, a bond is forged between the two women and sets in motion a chain of events that stretches across thirty years of friendship, love, and tragedy. James Henderson cannot forget his brief encounter with Sophie Duval. Despite his guilt at being away from his daughter, he takes an assignment to cover the wedding of the century, sailing with Grace Kelly's wedding party on the SS Constitution from New York. In Monaco, as wedding fever soars and passions and tempers escalate, James and Sophie--like Princess Grace--must ultimately decide what they are prepared to give up for love.

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