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 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, fending 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.

Meet Me in Monaco Details

TitleMeet Me in Monaco
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN-139780062885371
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Meet Me in Monaco Review

  • Erika Robuck
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    The advanced copy fairy continues to treat me very well! Here are my thoughts about this fantastic book:Webb and Gaynor’s latest collaboration is a historical fiction home run. The duo brings to life a vivid, engaging heroine, a glorious Côte d'Azur setting, and the ultimate princess, Grace Kelly. MEET ME IN MONACO is smart, romantic, and heartbreaking, and the tale captivates from the start.
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  • Trish at Between My Lines
    January 1, 1970
    Full review coming soon.
  • Sherri
    January 1, 1970
    A floating, balmy romantic read that takes place primarily in the Cote 'd Azure of France. The backdrop is a chance meeting of Hollywood star Grace Kelly, perfumer Sophie Duval, and Jim Henderson the photographer she was trying to avoid. From the Cannes Film Festival 1955, the epic wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier, through the next 20+ years, these lives would be intertwined. A love story of coming of age and second chances.Thanks to William Morrow Paperbacks and Goodreads for the ARC ed A floating, balmy romantic read that takes place primarily in the Cote 'd Azure of France. The backdrop is a chance meeting of Hollywood star Grace Kelly, perfumer Sophie Duval, and Jim Henderson the photographer she was trying to avoid. From the Cannes Film Festival 1955, the epic wedding of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier, through the next 20+ years, these lives would be intertwined. A love story of coming of age and second chances.Thanks to William Morrow Paperbacks and Goodreads for the ARC edition. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • Sharlene
    January 1, 1970
    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...There is so much to love about this book. Fabulous setting, interesting characters, and a story of second chances we can all root for. Totally enjoyed each page, could 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...There is so much to love about this book. Fabulous setting, interesting characters, and a story of second chances we can all root for. Totally enjoyed each page, could not read fast enough and could not put down. Highly recommend
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  • Dorothy Schwab
    January 1, 1970
    The Cannes Film Festival of 1955, was the site of the momentous meeting of the international film star, Grace Kelly, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. A short year later, on April 19, 1956, the two were married in a Catholic ceremony at St. Nicholas Cathedral, in front of 600 guests and the world stage of television. The well known love story between a movie star and the world’s most eligible bachelor is well documented in print and documentaries. This iconic “royal wedding” is the backdrop for The Cannes Film Festival of 1955, was the site of the momentous meeting of the international film star, Grace Kelly, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco. A short year later, on April 19, 1956, the two were married in a Catholic ceremony at St. Nicholas Cathedral, in front of 600 guests and the world stage of television. The well known love story between a movie star and the world’s most eligible bachelor is well documented in print and documentaries. This iconic “royal wedding” is the backdrop for Meet Me in Monaco; the superbly co-authored novel of Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor.The stars of the novel are Sophie Duval, the daughter of a parfumeur in Grasse, France, and the sometimes lucky English photographer, James Henderson. Sophie’s alcoholic maman, her unbelievably wealthy boyfriend.Lucien, shop assistant Natalie, and of course, Grace Kelly, all have a role in the making or breaking of Sophie’s perfume factory in Grasse, and her boutique in Cannes. The fragrant descriptions of the lavender fields in Grasse, and the smell of the sea blended with roses and mimosas in full bloom in Cannes will sweep you right out into the Mediterranean Sea! The reader will want to explore the well documented articles and wedding photographs of Her Serene Highness and discover today’s top ten fragrances in French perfumes, but most of all become intoxicated by the fragrant formula for love on the Cote d’Azur. It’s not complicated like the formulas in Sophie’s journal of perfume notes; it’s quite a simple formula to follow: Read Meet Me in Monaco by Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor. ( July ’19)
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading an ARC of Meet Me In Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, courtesy of Goodreads Giveaway. I started reading this book under the impression it was Historical Fiction, but soon realized although it takes place in Monaco in the mid 1950's, technically fitting into the genre, it is definitely a love story.Also to my surprise, this is not the story of Grace Kelly meeting her prince. Grace is present - the story opens with her sliding into a perfume shop to avoid a persiste I just finished reading an ARC of Meet Me In Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, courtesy of Goodreads Giveaway. I started reading this book under the impression it was Historical Fiction, but soon realized although it takes place in Monaco in the mid 1950's, technically fitting into the genre, it is definitely a love story.Also to my surprise, this is not the story of Grace Kelly meeting her prince. Grace is present - the story opens with her sliding into a perfume shop to avoid a persistent photographer - but the shop owner and photographer take it from there. Their interactions with the soon to be princess continue, but the beauty and complexity of perfume making is more of a focus as the relationships develop.You may be disappointed if you are expecting the depth and drama of a typical Historical Fiction novel. Regardless, I really enjoyed this light, fun story, and would recommend if you are looking for something quick and easy to read.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    I’ve always been a fan of Grace Kelly and was very excited to get an early copy of this book. Although only about a small period of Grace Kelly’s life but more about two others who met because of her. It’s their story that’s so good! The whole book grabbed my attention! It was so good, making me wish for more!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    ARC received from Edelweiss in exchange for honest review
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    As I dry my tears, I am ready to jet off to the Cote d'Azur. I want to drown myself in the scents and sunshine. But you don't need to spend a fortune on a vacation to the French Riviera, Meet Me in Monaco will take you there within its pages.I have long been a Grace Kelly fan and I adored the way Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor wove her story into that of Sophie and James. The story enfolds with a serendipitous meeting of Grace and Sophie at Sophie's perfumerie, where Grace ends up hiding from new As I dry my tears, I am ready to jet off to the Cote d'Azur. I want to drown myself in the scents and sunshine. But you don't need to spend a fortune on a vacation to the French Riviera, Meet Me in Monaco will take you there within its pages.I have long been a Grace Kelly fan and I adored the way Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor wove her story into that of Sophie and James. The story enfolds with a serendipitous meeting of Grace and Sophie at Sophie's perfumerie, where Grace ends up hiding from news photographer James' flashbulbs. James is quite taken with Sophie, but Sophie has a boyfriend Lucien, and just as Sophie and James' relationship sparks, James ends up recalled to London. James and Sophie find themselves together again, when James returns to the area to cover the wedding of Grace and Ranier. Their romance blooms as Sophie struggles to keep Duval Perfumerie out of debt and she tries to figure out what to do about Lucien. I enjoyed the newspaper reporting of Angeline West at the beginning of many of the chapters. It captured the style of the era. The character of Grace Kelly is drawn just as I imagined she would have been, friendly, down to earth, but able to turn on the glamour.Just when you think you know what's going to happen in this sweet story you'll be surprised. I shed a few tears and closed the pages to a satisfactory end. If you're like me, you'll be looking up old pictures online, watching vintage video clips of the royal wedding, and yearning to watch all of Grace Kelly's movies.
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  • Tracie Gutknecht
    January 1, 1970
    A sweet, poignant, unrequited loved story set against the historical events of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier's courtship and marriage.Sophie Duval, a French perfumer, with locations in both Cannes and Grasse, meets Grace Kelly in the most unexpected way. Grace steps into her store to escape the paparazzi. She is in Cannes for the film festival and to meet Prince Rainier for the first time, as a publicity event. While in the store, Sophie and Grace chat amicably. James Henderson, the British pre A sweet, poignant, unrequited loved story set against the historical events of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier's courtship and marriage.Sophie Duval, a French perfumer, with locations in both Cannes and Grasse, meets Grace Kelly in the most unexpected way. Grace steps into her store to escape the paparazzi. She is in Cannes for the film festival and to meet Prince Rainier for the first time, as a publicity event. While in the store, Sophie and Grace chat amicably. James Henderson, the British press photographer, who was following Grace also steps into the store. Sophie discourages him, but upon leaving he can't help himself and takes a photo of the captivating Ms. Duval.James, Sophie and Grace's lives continue to intersect. One chance encounter creating a significant event in each other's lives, ultimately creating a love story for James and Sophie. Or is it? Circumstances that brought them together also tear them apart, while the love story between Grace and Prince Rainier grows, becomes public and culminates with the wedding of the century.Gaynor and Webb weave two beautiful love stories together in a profound way. This was a lovely story with an interesting glimpse of the past.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Such a romantic story...the setting of the Côte d’Azur, the lovely fragrances of flowers and perfumes that I could imagine so vividly. And running through the background of the main story is the marriage of Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Sigh. Thank you to Goodreads Giveaways for the advance reader copy.
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  • Joni Haynes
    January 1, 1970
    I won this book from Goodreads. I haven't quite finished it, but since you are asking me for my review, here it is: This is far from the type of story I am usually attracted to, but this book has turned out to be quite enchanting! Additionally, it actually runs alongside a period of history that actually happened...The story of the marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco...which was truly an exciting bit of history! I am ever so grateful to have won this book that I might not have d I won this book from Goodreads. I haven't quite finished it, but since you are asking me for my review, here it is: This is far from the type of story I am usually attracted to, but this book has turned out to be quite enchanting! Additionally, it actually runs alongside a period of history that actually happened...The story of the marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco...which was truly an exciting bit of history! I am ever so grateful to have won this book that I might not have discovered otherwise!
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  • Tracie
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic historical fiction.
  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    This is a pleasant story of a chance meeting between a British photographer and a French perfumier during the visit and subsequent marriage of Grace Kelly in Monaco. It has the old-fashioned feel and formality of a 50's Hollywood romance. An easy read with some interesting details for that time period, I found it an enjoyable for a rainy, spring afternoon.I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway for this honest review.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    The backdrop of the story is the whirlwind courtship and marriage of Grace Kelly and the Prince of Monaco. The actual story centers around Sophie Duval and James Henderson. Sophie is a perfumer and James is a British press photographer. The book opens when Grace Kelly escapes into Sophie's shop as she alludes the photographer Henderson. A bond is formed between Grace and Sophie, as well as, Sophie and the photographer, James. It is an utterly gripping story -- very difficult to put down. The cha The backdrop of the story is the whirlwind courtship and marriage of Grace Kelly and the Prince of Monaco. The actual story centers around Sophie Duval and James Henderson. Sophie is a perfumer and James is a British press photographer. The book opens when Grace Kelly escapes into Sophie's shop as she alludes the photographer Henderson. A bond is formed between Grace and Sophie, as well as, Sophie and the photographer, James. It is an utterly gripping story -- very difficult to put down. The characters' voices are real and thoroughly human. The reader will feel the struggle as they find their place in the world. This would be one of my picks for the best books of 2019.
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  • Chris Markley
    January 1, 1970
    An unexpected meeting in a perfume store in Cannes between Grace Kelly and perfumer Sophie Duval has a profound impact on the perfumer. Struggling to keep her family business afloat the meeting with Grace Kelly provides an unexpected opportunity, an unexpected romance, and an unexpected friend. A story of a woman trying to follow her heart in a world were women are expected to defer to men.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc for my honest review
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  • Bianca
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.This is not my typical reading preference but it sounded interesting as a story and it was.In spite of the title it is mostly set in Cannes, France. The detail describing the setting is wonderful. I could really visualize the setting and the region. The characters are a hodgepodge. There are main characters Sophie and James (and a little bit of Grace Kelly!) Chapters alternate mostly between their perspectives. It is I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.This is not my typical reading preference but it sounded interesting as a story and it was.In spite of the title it is mostly set in Cannes, France. The detail describing the setting is wonderful. I could really visualize the setting and the region. The characters are a hodgepodge. There are main characters Sophie and James (and a little bit of Grace Kelly!) Chapters alternate mostly between their perspectives. It is not confusing & is easy to follow who is narrating which I appreciated. The backdrop has lots of glitz and glam and famous people so it adds a touch of fun and glamour. Grace Kelly is described as personable and down to earth. I Wondered if this was based on real life recollection or made up, but nonetheless as a character in this book she is very kind and thoughtful. We as readers get to "witness" her meeting & marriage with the Prince of Monaco as well. The gist and plot of the book is multi-pronged, James is a struggling photographer trying to keep employment and also be present for his young daughter. Sophie is trying to keep her family's perfume business afloat. Sophie's mother & a businessman want to sell the property. Sophie is very good at creating perfumes and as a character is gifted and passionate about her work and weaves that into her impressions of other characters not to mention it takes a big part in her meeting several. I would not call this an intense page turner but it definitely would be a fun breezy beach or cafe read.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    This collaboration between Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, will have you intrigued as to what is in store for our protagonist, Sophie Duval, a perfumeur in the time frame of post-war Europe, 1950s Grasse, France. The scenery and "scents" of the times, and geographical area, play a major role within this storyline as its own character.In addition, the magnificentand soon to be, Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, glides into the setting, with an unexpected meeting between herself and Sophie.....along This collaboration between Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, will have you intrigued as to what is in store for our protagonist, Sophie Duval, a perfumeur in the time frame of post-war Europe, 1950s Grasse, France. The scenery and "scents" of the times, and geographical area, play a major role within this storyline as its own character.In addition, the magnificentand soon to be, Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, glides into the setting, with an unexpected meeting between herself and Sophie.....along with a cast of characters with their own intentions, ones that could make or break the Grasse Perfume Factory, which is near and dear to Sophie's heart, for many reasons....Within those characters, in walks British Photographer, James Henderson.It's a fragrant love story, through and through with that old fashioned feel of the times, along with its pitfalls and the unlikely relationships that evolve. It's light, enjoyable, a bit slow to start......not heavy on the historical end of things, as it is placed in the Historical Fiction genre.Meet Me In Monaco - a story of love, survival and friendship, woven around the backdrop of the most anticipated wedding of the times.I thank Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb for my personal gift of Meet Me In Monaco. #MeetMeInMonaco#HazelGaynor#HeatherWebb#WilliamMorrowWild Sage Book BlogNovels & Latte Book Club
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  • Rebecca Cecil
    January 1, 1970
    When I First began this book I was not sure if I had not won it and felt obligated to read it that I would have finished it. I kept on reading it, it was very slow going at first, but then I began to enjoy it very much. I wondered why it was called fiction when it had Grace Kelly information mentioned all the book it even had a picture of her in the book. I really enjoyed it. I liked how the two main characters try to get together but things happen all along. Was not to happy with the big gap at When I First began this book I was not sure if I had not won it and felt obligated to read it that I would have finished it. I kept on reading it, it was very slow going at first, but then I began to enjoy it very much. I wondered why it was called fiction when it had Grace Kelly information mentioned all the book it even had a picture of her in the book. I really enjoyed it. I liked how the two main characters try to get together but things happen all along. Was not to happy with the big gap at the end then Kept reading and it ended OK. I found myself looking up facts about Grace Kelly did not realize she died so young, nor did I know she was in a car crash. Love the way the author tells us how Grace Kelly was just so friendly and down to earth even after she became a real Princess.I am glad I won this book and so glad the authors give some of their books away so we have the opportunity to read them and find new wonderful authors to add to our list of great authors. Thanks so much Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb for an awesome read. What a delight to have won and read your creation before it went out for sale.
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  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    I definitely recommend Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. It is a fairy tale that just keeps on giving.When Grace Kelly slipped into the Duval Perfumery in Cannes to avoid British photographer, James Henderson, little did she know how this would change her life and the lives of others. Sophie Duval has been struggling with her late father’s business, not only financially, but with discovering her own gifts.Meanwhile, James Henderson carries enormous guilt he cannot spend more ti I definitely recommend Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. It is a fairy tale that just keeps on giving.When Grace Kelly slipped into the Duval Perfumery in Cannes to avoid British photographer, James Henderson, little did she know how this would change her life and the lives of others. Sophie Duval has been struggling with her late father’s business, not only financially, but with discovering her own gifts.Meanwhile, James Henderson carries enormous guilt he cannot spend more time with his young daughter as he travels on assignment to cover major events as a photographer. Disillusioned by the job that is no longer a dream and its toll on his personal life, James also struggles to make changes in his life.So just how does the entrance of Grace Kelly alter the course of a perfumer and paparazzi? And how will Grace Kelly become America’s Princess once she meets the stifled Prince Rainier? Meet Me in Monaco brings all of these characters together for one of the most famous weddings in history. This is a romantic love story and beautifully written.
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  • Linda Weber
    January 1, 1970
    What a delightful read!!! The story evolves from the unlikely relationship of a British photographer and a struggling French perfumer brought together by a chance encounter with the beautiful actress, Grace Kelly, as she tries to elude the cameras on the streets of Cannes one day. A bond is created between Sophie Duval and Kelly that lasts a lifetime - short as it is for the young princess-to-be.I love the way the author weaves this story around the backdrop of the wedding of Grace Kelly and her What a delightful read!!! The story evolves from the unlikely relationship of a British photographer and a struggling French perfumer brought together by a chance encounter with the beautiful actress, Grace Kelly, as she tries to elude the cameras on the streets of Cannes one day. A bond is created between Sophie Duval and Kelly that lasts a lifetime - short as it is for the young princess-to-be.I love the way the author weaves this story around the backdrop of the wedding of Grace Kelly and her Prince. But the real story is the love affair between Sophie and James, the photographer. It is a love story that is born, tested, lost and reborn over the years that follow that first brief encounter. I also love the role the author has given to the art of photography AND the art of creating fragrances in this story. They act as the glue that binds these three characters together in such a personal way.
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Goodreads for the ARC. The descriptive passages are excellent. One can feel the surroundings and the flavor of the countryside.While it is interestingly woven around the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer of Monaco, I found the plot almost formulaic. I managed to read the complete book; however, I didn't really enjoy it. I could almost predict what would occur before I read each chapter. Perhaps it would make a good book for the beach.
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    This book brought back a lot of memories of Grace Kelly and her storybook romance with Prince Rainier. The love story between James and Sophie is well told with wonderful descriptions of the characters and scenery. All in all, it was a delightful story. Thank you Goodreads for ARC contests and for occasional wins. Always exciting to receive BOOK MAIL!!
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  • Barbara White
    January 1, 1970
    Meet Me in Monaco had me fantasizing about being in Monaco during the time of the story, being one of the characters to meet Grace Kelly. This is a beautiful story of friendship and love. Descriptions of Monaco were excellent. I highly recommend reading this book. Thanks to Goodreads First Reads for a copy of Meet Me in Monaco.
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  • Jay Schwed
    January 1, 1970
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    This book was just wonderful, bringing to mind some of my favorite movies like a Roman Holiday or An Affair to Remember. Absolutely loved it.Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an ARC through Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
  • Shannon
    January 1, 1970
    A timeless romance with a beautiful ending.
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