Meet Me in Monaco

Meet Me in Monaco

by Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062885364
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 12,029
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Hazel Gaynor is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Memory of Violets and The Girl Who Came Home, for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award. Her third novel, The Girl from the Savoy, was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller, and was shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. In 2017, she has published The Cottingley Secret and Last Christmas in Paris. Hazel was selected by US Library Journal as one of 'Ten Big Breakout Authors' for 2015 and her work has been translated into several languages. Hazel lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.

Heather Webb is the award-winning and international bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris, The Phantom’s Apprentice, Rodin’s Lover and Becoming Josephine. Her novels have been translated into over a dozen languages worldwide. Heather is also a freelance editor, public speaker and blogger. She lives in New England with her family and one feisty bunny.

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Meet Me in Monaco: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
gaele 3 months ago
A chance meeting during the Cannes Film Festival puts our narrator, Sophie Duval, parfumeuse of her inherited small boutique firm, Duvalls. When Grace Kelly jumps into their shop, just ahead of a photographer chasing a shot, Sophie’s assistant insists that she hide out in the office, much to Sophie’s chagrin. But from there our story begins, as Sophie and Grace strike up a friendship based on the unique blends of scent in the shop, and Sophie meets James, the British photographer with awful French, keen eyes and a camera that captures that “je ne sais quoi’ in the photographs it takes. Blending the story of Sophie’s fight to keep her firm alive with the moments of lightness and creation of scent for Grace Kelly, and their ongoing friendship is contrasted between her struggles with her alcoholic, verbally abusive and gambling mother and a ‘boyfriend’ who is constantly dismissive of her wants and desires, and conspires with her mother to sell up the shop, the factory in Grasse and her dreams. Contrast these moments with those of James, hired to be a paparazzi and hating every moment, he’s struggling with his own dreams, separation from his daughter and the attraction he finds to Sophie, despite her reluctance to share her heart. While Grace Kelly is the lynchpin to which these characters have come to interact, it is the descriptions and news clips from the days leading to the wedding, Sophie’s explanation of scent and memory capture, her doting on her father while trying to make her own name and line, and the bonds that she’s formed with James, Grace and her assistant Natalie. Again this is a readable novel with moments that spark interest in every person who’s ever imagined a royal wedding, or wondered about the talent and dedication the creation of a scent take, all mixed with a bit of love, some hardships, sacrifices and plenty of memories. Scents, scenes and moments jump off the pages while the need to cheer Sophie on, wonder about Grace, and worry for everyone involved never ends. Engrossing and wholly encompassing, you’ll travel to the south of France, see Monaco and be transported to the fields in Grasse, wondering at the scents and pictures the words evoke. I adored this book for the ease with which the story unfolded, not without its challenges for the characters, but the sweet and bittersweet moments where love stood prominently and primary, even for only short times. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
rendezvous_with_reading 16 days ago
Thank you William Morrow Books for this free copy to review. Review: A novel with an American movie star, a royal prince, paparazzi and perfume, combined with the French Riviera! Doesn't this sound like the makings of a fun summer read? This was one of my most anticipated books for summer and it did not disappoint! My mother shared her love of old movies with me when I was younger, and To Catch a Thief and Rear Window were among my favorites. Grace Kelly exuded class and elegance, and her cool demeanor was perfectly portrayed in Alfred Hitchcock's suspenseful movies. While Grace is a character in the novel, her romance and wedding serve more as a backdrop to the novel's two main characters who meet because of Grace. James Henderson is a British press photographer just trying to get the perfect photo of Grace at the Cannes film festival, but when she ducks into a perfume shop to get away from James, he meets perfumer Sophie Duval who hides Grace in her back room and fends him off. Grateful Grace forges a friendship with Sophie. And James cant forget his encounter with the beautiful Sophie. As James and Sophie continue to have interactions with Grace, we get peeks into the events building up to the royal wedding and the frenzy it causes. I've never been to the South of France, but this book transported me to all the glamour of that place and time. Its' as though they've written a Grace Kelly movie for the reader to inhabit. In my mind, I kept casting Audrey Hepburn as Sophie. I had a chance to hear Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb speak on their book tour, and I really enjoyed hearing how they took a perfume making class in Grasse, France to understand the art and to be able to describe Sophie's profession and ties to Provence. Their research shines through in all the descriptions they write of Sophie's creativity for perfume being sparked by memories, places and scents. They visited Monaco to soak up its atmosphere and convey it so well on the pages. I also found it fascinating to hear how they collaborate when they live an ocean and 5 time zones apart. Their writing is so seamless, its impossible to tell where one leaves off and the other picks up without them revealing which characters they wrote. These two ladies were as delightful to listen to as their novel was to read. Meet Me in Monaco is a perfect summer escape!
KVM 16 days ago
While this isn't my favorite book from Hazel Gaynor that I have read it was still very good. I love the descriptions of the French countryside, Cannes, and of course Grace Kelly. I loved Sophie, I though she was a good strong young woman. She had the art of perfumes like her father if only her mother would have left her alone. I think Sophie and James are perfect together and I hate what they have to go through. Sit down with a nice cool drink and enjoy!
KerryACroucier 24 days ago
Wonderful Story! When Grace Kelly ducks into a small perfume shop Cannes hoping to lose a persistent British photographer, she couldn’t know the impact she will have on Sophie Duval and Jim Henderson’s lives. Sophie hides the down-to-earth starlet and Jim can’t forget her. A beautiful setting, wonderful characters, and a true-life fairy-tale romance combine for a novel that is perfectly balanced. Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor have created a novel that will take you on an extraordinary journey through the South of France and the lives of two people that may never have met, if not for a chance decision by a beautiful, down-to-earth movie star, who influences them throughout the story. Until this novel, I hadn’t read any of the stories the two authors have collaborated on. If they are all this good, I don’t know how I missed them. It will be so much fun to discover the others. I love that the authors took a well-documented visit to Cannes and created an intricate story with a real-person’s life as the catalyst. Read this on a beach or anywhere else with sun and sand. #BloomReads #TallPoppyWriters #HeatherWebb #HazelGaynor
bamcooks 28 days ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The love story of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier is the backdrop to Meet Me In Monaco. The main story is about Sophie and Jim who meet due to Grace Kelly. The history of Grace and the Prince is accurately portrayed and the book is well written. Ms Gaynor and Ms. Webb don't disappoint on this collaboration. I didn't particularly care for Sophie, I just didn't like her character traits, yet I still enjoyed her story. This is the mark of a good author and a good book.
ColoradoGirl71 3 months ago
5 romantic stars This book made me yearn for another visit to Paris, Côte d’Azur, and to the lavender fields of Grasse! The authors did a fantastic job of location placement with this book, I truly felt that I was transported to another part of the world. The main character is Sophie Duval and she has grown up in a family perfume business. There are wonderful descriptions of the flowers and essence of France that go into perfume. I really want to visit this shop and have Sophie create a scent for me! Maybe then I would wear more perfume. Sophie has a chance meeting with Grace Kelly that changes her life and also brings James, a British photographer, into her orbit. The interactions with Grace were such a fun addition to the story and the reader is pulled into the fairytale life of her courtship and the evolution to Princess Grace. The book is as much a love story of the world of perfume as it is the love story of Sophie and James and Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer. It was fascinating to read this bit of history in this way. Sophie’s business is struggling and I rooted for her to find success as a female businesswoman while her mother is trying to sell the flower fields. This book is a great escape and I enjoyed being swept along to the magical world of France. I’ve had a chance to visit Monaco and this brought it all back. I love this writing duo of Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. I’ve read a few others, but need to read them all. Thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow, Hazel Gaynor, and Heather Webb (thank you Denver ComicCon) for an early copy of the book to read and review.
mkdmom 3 months ago
#Tall Poppy Reviewer - This story was a true getaway to a different place and time. The glamour and glitz of the 50s in Monaco was such a wonderful place and time era to explore. I enjoyed getting to follow the romance of perfumer Sophie and photographer Jim. I love that they met through Grace Kelly and how she was an intrinsic part of their story. The authors do such a good job of describing France, Monaco and London that you feel like you've been transported there. A true summer escape read!
Reader4102 3 months ago
It’s 1955, Grace Kelly is nearing the height of her film career and the Cannes Film Festival is underway. Kelly is told by her studio she would be attending the Festival and she would be meeting with Prince Rainier of Monaco. She also meets Sophie Duval, a minor perfume maker, when she dashes into Duval boutique store to escape James Henderson, sent to Cannes to do one thing – get a photograph of Kelly in Cannes. This is not a book about Grace Kelly – she is a minor character in this story, and rightfully so. This book is about Sophie Duval, who is struggling to keep her family’s business alive while her mother gambles and drinks away their money, and James Henderson, who is feeling a ton of guilt because he’s not spending enough time with his daughter. This a well-written, fast-paced historical novel with well-developed likable characters. If you enjoy historical novels and slow-burn romances, then this is most definitely the book for you, and it deserves to be near the top of your to-be-read list. My thanks to William Morrow and Edelweiss for an eArc.
DeannaLynnSletten 3 months ago
Movie star Grace Kelly takes Cannes by storm when she arrives at the film festival, followed by the paparazzi hungry for photos. But as the film star is trying to avoid the press, perfumer Sophie Duval has more serious problems on her mind—saving her family business. By luck, Grace Kelly ducks into Sophie’s tiny shop to escape one determined photographer and Sophie hides the actress and confronts the pushy man herself, sending him away. What Sophie doesn’t realize yet is that photographer, James, and Miss Grace Kelly herself, will shape her future in more ways than one. MEET ME IN MONACO is a delightful novel full of interesting characters and plots that keep the reader turning pages. The glitter of a Hollywood star, the romance of a starlet and prince, and the love story of two people who meet at an inopportune time but so desperately wish to be together. What more could a reader want? A lovely, enjoyable novel.
SusanKC 3 months ago
I absolutely got lost in this book, escaping to another country, another time. Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor are an extraordinary team, their poetic prose will hold their readers hostage. This story is centered around the initial meeting and resulting wedding between actress Grace Kelly and Prince Ranier of Monaco. But these historical figures and their famous romance is secondary to a wonderful love story between two people who seem destined to live apart. Webb and Gaynor infuse this story with the glamour of the period and vivid descriptions of the famous setting of Monaco. I loved learning about the art of creating perfume. The authors seamlessly weave the scientific descriptions of the head, heart and base notes of perfume to be applicable to life as well. Most of all, I adored Sophie, a young woman who was not afraid to fight for her future. In James, the reader has a hero who finds himself at odds with life, seeking a life purpose that brings fulfillment. I was totally captivated by their story. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
sjillis 3 months ago
Sophie Duval is struggling to keep her family’s perfume business afloat, despite her mother’s equal determination to sink it. When a beautiful blonde American takes refuge in her shop during the Cannes Film Festival, she starts a chain of events that will bring Sophie love, loss, and professional recognition. The American is none other than Grace Kelly, who is trying to shake persistent English photographer, James Henderson. These two foreigners soon become two of the most important people in Sophie’s life, while two others who should be her closest allies—her mother and her lover—-conspire against her. Co-authors Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb bring to life the South of France and Monaco. Talented, determined, and beautiful Sophie is an unforgettable character, as is her dear friend, Natalie. It took me a while to like James, who seemed irresponsible. And the alleged great passion of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier did not ring true. However, the descriptions of scents and 1950s fashion more than made up for it. MEET ME IN MONACO sweeps the reader into a time of glamour, hope, and possibility. #Bloom #TallPoppyWriters
LauraJay-BookClubReporter 3 months ago
Meet Me in Monaco is lovingly written by the team of bestselling author, Hazel Gaynor and historical novelist, Heather Webb. I truly enjoyed reading Meet Me in Monaco. I was completely caught up in the story of Sophie, James and Grace Kelly. Meet Me in Monaco was a “I can’t turn the pages fast enough” book for me! I was enthralled with Grace Kelly and amazed at how seamlessly her persona was blended her into the story. With only words on paper, the authors painted an amazing portrait of a lovely woman with a beautiful soul, Grace Kelly. Meet Me in Monaco begins in May 1955. The London Herald has just printed a news article written by senior fashion editor, Angeline West. All the stars are out in Cannes for the eight annual Film Festival. Hollywood’s darling, Grace Kelly, is one of the loveliest stars in Cannes this year. Each chapter of Meet Me in Monaco tells the story via the alternating points of view of Sophie Duval, James Henderson and Angeline West (via her news articles). Financially-strapped perfumer, Sophie Duval, is also in Cannes running the Duval perfume boutique. Following the death of her father, Sophie has worked long and hard to carry on the family perfume business. Modern perfumes are now being produced faster and cheaper with chemical ingredients. The fragrant ingredients used to make Duval’s unique perfumes are derived from flowers cultivated on the family-owned land. As a talented perfumer, Sophie insists on the continued quality of Duval perfumes. She has learned everything she knows about making perfume from her father. However, Sophie has developed her own expertise at creating just the right scents for customers based on their personalities and interests. Sophie is a master perfumer in her own right. Unfortunately, with her being father gone for a number of years, times are tough for Sophie. Duval’s company finances are a mess. Sophie is beleaguered by the probability of losing both the land and the business. James Henderson is a war veteran and a news photographer. His daughter Emily lives with her mother and step-father. James to see Emily as much as he can. On assignment, James is covering the Cannes Film Festival. During the festival, Sophie has chance meetings with both Grace Kelly and James. While working during the Cannes Film Festival, James chases Grace into Sophie Duval’s boutique. Sophie effectively thwarts James’ attempt, by hiding Grace. This bad news for James, as his job on the line. He desperately needs some good shots of Grace Kelly. James leaves the boutique with Sophie’s business card. Grace was grateful to Sophie. James attends a news photoshoot for Miss Kelly’s “first meeting” with Prince Rainier. That day resulted in a chance meeting between Grace Kelly and James Henderson. Grace catches a whiff of a lovely scent. James hands her Sophie Duval’s perfume-scented business card. This happening sets the tone for the rest of Meet Me in Monaco. Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco fall in love and become engaged. James and Sophie were able to spend only a little time to get to know each other before James returned to London. April 1956: The Royal Wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco! Grace would soon be known as Princess Grace of Monaco. Will Sophie be invited to the wedding? Will James Henderson be covering the wedding for the Herald? Will Grace Kelly wear a Sophie Duval fragrance at her wedding? Will James and Sophie find each other again?