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.
Praise for Meet Me in Monaco
“… a scrumptious concoction served up with delectable descriptions and heaps of emotion … Sweet, then bitter, then sweet again, the love story is woven through with Grace’s fairy-tale romance with Rainier and its devastating ending , snatching redemption from tragedy in the best Hollywood style.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“… 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
“An enchanting novel, as lovely as the Cote d’Azur where it takes place and the actress-turned-princess who is at its heart. Gaynor & Webb weave a wonderful tale of love and loss, graced with the scents of perfumes, magnificent vistas and characters you will not soon forget. A delight for Francophiles, perfumistas, filmbuffs, and everyone who loves a good cry and happy ending.” – M.J.Rose, New York Times bestselling author of Tiffany Blues
“… 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.” – Erika Robuck, author of Fallen Beauty and Hemingway’s Girl
“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.” – Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment and The Summer I Met Jack
“A glorious, glamorous summer read! Against the backdrop of the French Riviera, with its twisty, vertiginous roads, expensive yachts and air full of the scent of lavender and jasmine, two couples fall in love. The evocation of the 1956 wedding of the year is so sumptuous you feel you are there amongst the glitterati, sipping fine champagne and inhaling the scent of Coeur de Princesse.” – Gill Paul, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Daughter
“MEET ME IN MONACO offers a fabulous you-are-there glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous–and real. From Grace Kelly’s royal wedding of the century; to the luxe lifestyles on the Riviera and in Paris and New York, this novel swept me away. I loved the characters in this glitzy but heart-warming story.”— Karen Harper, author of American Duchess