Meet Me in Monaco

Meet Me in Monaco

Set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and glamourous 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...

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Title:Meet Me in Monaco
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Meet Me in Monaco Reviews

  • Tammy

    When I heard the amazing writing team of Hazel and Heather had a new book AND it was set against the backdrop of the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier, I knew I had to read it! Filled with glamour, history and romance, Meet Me in Monaco is a page turning must read!

  • Erika Robuck

    Like their wonderful collaboration LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb have again crafted a spellbinding historical romance. Set largely on the lush Cote d’Azur, MEET ME IN MONACO is a tale of first, missed, and second chances–of relatable women and men trying to make good lives for themselves in spite of difficult circumstances. It is a fairy tale set in post-war Europe, with an enchanting, fascinating fairy godmother: Grace Kelly.

    This novel about parfumeur, Sophie Duval, has

    Like their wonderful collaboration LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb have again crafted a spellbinding historical romance. Set largely on the lush Cote d’Azur, MEET ME IN MONACO is a tale of first, missed, and second chances–of relatable women and men trying to make good lives for themselves in spite of difficult circumstances. It is a fairy tale set in post-war Europe, with an enchanting, fascinating fairy godmother: Grace Kelly.

    This novel about parfumeur, Sophie Duval, has a clever arrangement, with Part One: Head Notes (first impressions), Part Two: Heart Notes (falling in love), and Part Three: Base Notes (denouvement). Like a flower unfurling, a closed off Sophie begins to open herself to life and love. The quiet, gentle creation process she uses in crafting the perfect scent for the royal bride-to-be perfectly balances the paparazzi-laden frenzy preceding the wedding of Prince Ranier III to American Hollywood star, Grace Kelly.

    It’s the kind of book the reader will devour in a few sittings. It’s a novel where a woman navigates her own business empire while a man wrestles with guilt over leaving his child. It’s a story that will send one scouring the internet archives for photographs, and the ending is unexpected and satisfying.

    I adored MEET ME IN MONACO.

  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction~on hiatus))

    I was in seventh heaven when I knew Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb were writing a book set in the French Riveria that was interwoven throughout with Grace Kelly's fairy tale romance to Prince Rainier of Monaco. The French Riviera, especially Provence and Côte d’Azurwhere the novel takes place (and of course, Cannes and Monaco), is where my husband and I spent an incredible two weeks for our 10th wedding anniversary, so the book transported me right back there. Grace Kelly is also one of my

    I was in seventh heaven when I knew Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb were writing a book set in the French Riveria that was interwoven throughout with Grace Kelly's fairy tale romance to Prince Rainier of Monaco. The French Riviera, especially Provence and Côte d’Azur where the novel takes place (and of course, Cannes and Monaco), is where my husband and I spent an incredible two weeks for our 10th wedding anniversary, so the book transported me right back there. Grace Kelly is also one of my favorite actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood, so reading

    has been at the top of my list all year, and I can say that it was spellbinding, magical, glamorous, poignant, and everything that I hoped it would be!

    The lavender fields of Provence are one of the most gorgeous sites―and smells―I've ever encountered and with expressive, vivid writing Gaynor and Webb managed to take me to the passion, glamour, and fragrance of the French Riveria in 1955 where young parfumeur Sophie Duval has a fateful encounter with beautiful Hollywood star Grace Kelly. Grace is being pursued by an English paparazzi photographer when she runs into Sophie's perfume shop seeking a place to hide. In a surprising turn of events, the two women not only forge a friendship but Sophie and James, the tabloid photographer, develop a relationship that is lovely, yet poignant and bittersweet.

    The novel is told through the alternating narratives of Sophie and James with news articles detailing Grace Kelly's love affair with Prince Rainier and her devastating death mingled throughout, giving the story such a wonderful historical context. The story unfolds itself gorgeously, much like one of Sophie's perfumes or the flowers she uses to handcraft the fragrance, and the way the book is divided into three parts: head, heart, and base notes like the way fragrance notes are blended for beautiful, perfect scent just intensified the way the story unfurls. Undeniably, such exquisite writing from this outstanding duo!

    I have not had a lot of love for historical fiction this year, few books in the genre have wowed me as they have in past years, and I've often felt a disconnect, like I was falling out of love with the genre. Then

    came along and reminded me why I love the genre. It's an emotional story written so lusciously that you can't help fall in love. Grab a copy, grab a glass of wine, and let yourself be transported to sunny, fragrant France. This is definitely one of my favorite books of the year.

  • Rebecca

    A chance encounter between Hollywood starlet Grace Kelly, luxury fragrance perfumer Sophie, and celebrity photographer James forever alters all of their lives. Alternating between Sophie and James, the story begins in 1955 and includes tidbits from Grace's real-life romance with Prince Rainier III of Monaco, while mainly focusing on the budding friendship/romance between Sophie and James.

    Still grieving the loss of

    A chance encounter between Hollywood starlet Grace Kelly, luxury fragrance perfumer Sophie, and celebrity photographer James forever alters all of their lives. Alternating between Sophie and James, the story begins in 1955 and includes tidbits from Grace's real-life romance with Prince Rainier III of Monaco, while mainly focusing on the budding friendship/romance between Sophie and James.

    Still grieving the loss of her beloved father, Sophie is determined to continue his legacy as a perfumer. As her father always told her:

    But, does she have what it takes to preserve the company?

    - Sophie

    Meet Me in Monaco included so many of my personal favorites—a gorgeous setting, a historical backdrop, strong female characters (and men who appreciate them), a celebrity appearance, and a bit of romance—that I couldn't help but fall in love with it! Since I read it while vacationing in California, it took me longer than usual to finish it, but every time I picked it up, the incredibly dreamy, romantic, and swoon worthy story immediately transported me to another world.

    , Sophie and James... it is not goodbye, but rather, until we meet again. I vote yes to a sequel haha!

    If you enjoyed reading about a perfumer, then I would highly recommend

    (4 stars) by

    about a magical machine that tries to preserve scents as a way to invoke a specific memory.

    Location: France (Nice, Grasse, Cannes, and Provence), England (London), and Monaco

    I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Meet Me in Monaco is a story about the romance and wedding of famous Hollywood actress Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier. I knew next to nothing about Grace Kelly, other than she married a prince, so everything about this book enthralled me from the start.

    The story begins in Cannes for the film festival, where Grace slides into the Duval family perfume shop to avoid paparazzi. The press representative she’s avoiding is James Henderson,

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    Meet Me in Monaco is a story about the romance and wedding of famous Hollywood actress Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier. I knew next to nothing about Grace Kelly, other than she married a prince, so everything about this book enthralled me from the start.

    The story begins in Cannes for the film festival, where Grace slides into the Duval family perfume shop to avoid paparazzi. The press representative she’s avoiding is James Henderson, who later befriends the owner of the shop, Sophie Duval, while Grace also forms a bond with Sophie that lasts more than thirty years.

    It was so fascinating to view Grace through James and Sophie’s eyes, as the book is narrated by each of them in alternating chapters. It was also alluring to watch James and Sophie’s relationship build.

    Meet Me in Monaco is a story of Grace Kelly and that most exciting time in her life, as she falls in love and married Prince Rainier. But it’s also a story about friendship and heartbreak. The wedding is a showstopper, and it was fascinating to be on the sidelines for all that it entailed.

    As ever, Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor have seamlessly co-authored another beautiful and glorious book. All my anticipation has been worth it, and I’m so grateful to know more about Grace Kelly’s life and this compelling time in history.

    I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

    My reviews can also be found on my blog:

  • Literary Soirée

    As soon as I heard about this sumptuous novel, I wanted to get my hands on it! Princess Grace! The Prince! Their wedding! And an entrancing connection between Sophie Duval, a perfumer who protects Grace from paparazzi in Cannes, and British photog James Henderson, who falls hard for Sophie. I love, love, love this exotic Côte d’Azur tale, already named one of Popsugar’s best beach reads. Highly recommended for historical fiction fans, lovers of romance, and the legions enchanted by the

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    As soon as I heard about this sumptuous novel, I wanted to get my hands on it! Princess Grace! The Prince! Their wedding! And an entrancing connection between Sophie Duval, a perfumer who protects Grace from paparazzi in Cannes, and British photog James Henderson, who falls hard for Sophie. I love, love, love this exotic Côte d’Azur tale, already named one of Popsugar’s best beach reads. Highly recommended for historical fiction fans, lovers of romance, and the legions enchanted by the legendary Grace Kelly.

    #MeetMeInMonaco #PrincessGrace

  • Lisa

    A delightfully sweet romance layered with historical fiction, life lessons, and difficult choices.

    SUMMARY

    The beautiful actress Grace Kelly is visiting the Cannes Film Festival in May 1955 where she is relentlessly pursued by a British photographer. Kelly enters a perfume shop where she is tucked away in an office by the shop’s owner, Sophie Duval just as the pursuing photographer enters the shop. Because of this act of kindness the two women form a bond that lasts a lifetime.

    Sophie, a

    A delightfully sweet romance layered with historical fiction, life lessons, and difficult choices.

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    SUMMARY

    The beautiful actress Grace Kelly is visiting the Cannes Film Festival in May 1955 where she is relentlessly pursued by a British photographer. Kelly enters a perfume shop where she is tucked away in an office by the shop’s owner, Sophie Duval just as the pursuing photographer enters the shop. Because of this act of kindness the two women form a bond that lasts a lifetime.

    Sophie, a struggling perfumer, confronts the photographer, James Henderson and sends him on his way, but before he leaves he snaps a quick photo of the shop owner. In the days and weeks that follow, James can’t seem to forget his encounter with Sophia. He sends her a copy of the photo. After dealing with the death of a good friend, James is given the coveted assignment to cover the wedding of the century, and sail with Grace Kelly’s wedding party to Monaco. Before sailing to Monaco he sends a letter to Sophia requesting a date. Perhaps a romance will bloom!

    REVIEW

    MEET ME IN MONACO smells as delightful as the Duval parfumerie in Cannes. You can just smell the scents of jasmine, violets, lavender and tuberose wafting from the shop’s beautiful glass bottles, on the streets of Cannes and from the fields of Grasse, where Sophie’s family has grown their flowers for generations. I couldn’t stop myself from inhaling the pages.

    Sophie’s character is smart, confident and independent, while James is an enigma, surprisingly sensitive at times and aloof at others. Grace Kelly’s meeting and marriage to Prince Rainer, and her interactions with James and Sophie are expertly woven into this cleverly layered fairy tale/romance. The writing was enjoyable and the story was full of life lessons, difficult choices and enlightening information about the creation of fragrances, and head, heart and base notes of perfumes.

    One of my favorite parts of the book is James’s evident love and dedication to his ten-year-old precocious daughter, Emily. This pleasurable book would pair well with a glass of wine, a cheese tray and a lavender scented candle. Readers of romance will enjoy this light and bright story.

    Thanks to Edelweiss for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    Publisher HarperCollins Publishing

    Published July 23, 2019

    Review

  • Bam cooks the books ;-)

    A chance encounter with actress Grace Kelly at Cannes during the international film festival in 1955 changes two lives forever. She dashes into the boutique parfumerie owned by Sophie Duval to avoid pursuit by an avid member of the paparazzi. Sophie directs her to her office where the actress can sneak out the back door. Meanwhile English photographer James Henderson rushes in looking for Grace and confronts Sophie. All he needs is a photograph of Grace to keep his boss happy but settles for a

    A chance encounter with actress Grace Kelly at Cannes during the international film festival in 1955 changes two lives forever. She dashes into the boutique parfumerie owned by Sophie Duval to avoid pursuit by an avid member of the paparazzi. Sophie directs her to her office where the actress can sneak out the back door. Meanwhile English photographer James Henderson rushes in looking for Grace and confronts Sophie. All he needs is a photograph of Grace to keep his boss happy but settles for a snap of Sophie instead.

    When Grace contacts Sophie to thank her and ask for a gift for her sister, the two begin a lasting friendship which may just save Sophie's struggling business. When James develops the photo he took of Sophie, he realizes he'd like to see that attractive woman again. He is fortunate enough to be among the newspeople included when the actress meets Prince Rainier of Monaco for the first time and as the famous couple's relationship develops, he has a front row seat for much of it.

    The love story of Grace and her prince always seemed like a fairy tale when I was a child. What fun to read how it all unfolded through the eyes of Sophie and James told in alternating chapters. There are also news articles sprinkled here and there, written by reporter Angeline West, to fill in some of the details. Very nicely-written piece of historical fiction.

    I received an arc of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review. Many thanks for the opportunity to spend time in Provence and learn more about a fascinating woman.

  • Tina

    3.5 *

    I knew I had to read this book as I am a big fan of Princess Grace of Monaco. I grew up with and loved Princess Diana and she pretty much was the start of my love of all things, "royal." I sadly only discovered Princess Grace after her death in 1982. I remember watching her funeral to get a glimpse of Princess Diana. I started to read all the books about Grace and I was fascinated by this Hollywood star who'd become a real-life Princess. She was the ultimate fairy-tale.

    The premise of this

    3.5 *

    I knew I had to read this book as I am a big fan of Princess Grace of Monaco. I grew up with and loved Princess Diana and she pretty much was the start of my love of all things, "royal." I sadly only discovered Princess Grace after her death in 1982. I remember watching her funeral to get a glimpse of Princess Diana. I started to read all the books about Grace and I was fascinated by this Hollywood star who'd become a real-life Princess. She was the ultimate fairy-tale.

    The premise of this book was sweet. A love story based in the South of France (Cannes) around the time that Grace Kelly meets her Prince Charming, Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1955. The story is about Sophie Duval who meets James Henderson completely by chance (and with Grace Kelly's help...albeit unknowingly.) The story then follows Sophie and James throughout the courtship and eventual marriage of Grace and Rainier in April of 1956.

    The writing was very good and the historical aspect well researched. Initially, I did not find myself drawn to the characters of Sophie and James. It felt like there was a lack of a build-up to the romance. I wish there would have been more of an exchange of love letters between these two as it would have correlated with the romance of Grace and Rainier. Although I did not initially feel the strong connection between these two about half way through the book picked up for me. That's where I feel the extra half star was deserved.

    Still, a delightful book with a gorgeous backdrop of a setting (the south of France and Monaco!). Loved the time period and the cover is lovely!

  • Whitney

    Overall: A light, fun, and intriguing romance set along the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s royal wedding. Perfect to enjoy on vacation with a nice glass of rose! 3.5/5 or 6.5/10

    Summary:

    “The idea of my life as a fairy tale is itself a fairy tale”—Princess Grace of Monaco

    This story is told from two perspectives starting in the 1950s and is focused on the royal wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier. James Henderson is a war veteran, father, and tabloid photographer from London who is on the hunt for

    Overall: A light, fun, and intriguing romance set along the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s royal wedding. Perfect to enjoy on vacation with a nice glass of rose! 3.5/5 or 6.5/10

    Summary:

    “The idea of my life as a fairy tale is itself a fairy tale”—Princess Grace of Monaco

    This story is told from two perspectives starting in the 1950s and is focused on the royal wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier. James Henderson is a war veteran, father, and tabloid photographer from London who is on the hunt for the perfect picture of Grace Kelly while at the Cannes film festival in 1955. His pushiness drives Grace Kelly to enter a small perfumaria in an attempt to hide where she meets Sophie Duvall, a second-generation parfumeur whose livelihood is on the brink. This chance encounter between the three characters sets us up for the story ahead and follows these three characters through the royal wedding and after.

    The Good: I loved learning more about Grace Kelly and the royal wedding. There were lots of details, a little bit of history, and this is such a fun topic it is hard not to get completely absorbed. I also really enjoyed learning more about the development and creation of perfume; Sophie’s perspective was definitely the one I enjoyed more. This book takes place in the most lovely settings and the authors do a great job with descriptions, so you feel like you are there. The characters overall are engaging, and I liked all three of the main characters, especially Grace!

    The Bad: Too much romance and not enough history. I wish there was more of a focus on Grace rather than the fictional characters that drive the story. Grace Kelly was such an intriguing person and I did a lot of outside research on her while reading this book; I just wish the book was focused on her. Though the characters are likable there is not a lot of depth to them. The story itself follows a template and is quite predictable and the ending was rushed and a bit extreme on multiple levels (not the part featuring Grace but James and Sophie).

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