Madame Mirabou's School of Love
By Barbara Samuel
(Ballantine Books, Paperback, 9780345469144, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 28, 2006
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Sometimes real passion means living the life you’ve always wanted.
Nicole Bridges still can’t believe she’s taken up residence in a Colorado apartment complex nicknamed “Splitsville.” She’s still reeling from her husband’s affair, a divorce she never saw coming, and having to leave the upscale, comfortable world she helped make for her ex and their teenage daughter. With little money, even less work experience, and no idea what to do next, she takes tentative steps–if only to keep her head above water.
Along the way, Nikki unexpectedly finds herself falling in with eccentric new neighbors–and being seduced out of her funk by a charming, elusive ex-Londoner. And through her delight in the sensual elements of perfume, she will discover the courage to form bonds she never imagined. When a discarded flyer printed with the name “Madame Mirabou” provides the spark of inspiration, Nikki dares to blend the fragments of her life into a fragrance that’s uniquely and passionately her own.
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“Fun, fabulous, fast-paced . . . a complex, beautiful, and moving story that will resonate with you until long after you’ve finished the final pages.”
“[A] wistful story . . . Samuel sorts out all the relationships with a sure hand.”
–The Seattle Times