Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor

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, ...

Details Meet Me in Monaco

TitleMeet Me in Monaco
Release DateJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance

Reviews Meet Me in Monaco

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    THIS is the book I’ve been most anticipating this summer! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 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 papar...
  • Lisa
    A delightfully sweet romance layered with historical fiction, life lessons, and difficult choices. ⭐⭐⭐⭐SUMMARYThe 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 th...
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    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...
  • 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 histori...
  • 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 6.5/10Summary: “The idea of my life as a fairy tale is itself a fairy tale”—Princess Grace of MonacoThis 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, a...
  • 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: Gra...
  • 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!
  • Bam
    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 o...
  • 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. "The three of us had apparently become as entwined as a ta...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Each year, paparazzi and movie stars travel to Cannes in droves for the celebrated film festival. Among the movie stars is Grace Kelly, who will soon become the wife of Prince Rainer of Monaco. Grace Kelly, however, just wants to be left alone and it's when she's trying to get away from a photographer that she enters the store of perfumer Sophie Duval. This chance meeting between Miss Kelly and Sophie will forge a bond between them. But, Sophie w...
  • The Lit Bitch
    As a little girl, I was obsessed with Grace Kelly. I was fascinated by her love story and in the end, her tragic death, and longed for the day that I too could become a real American princess.But as I got older I moved on from princess dreams to horses and didn’t look back. That is until the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel. It was another famous American, marrying royalty and becoming a princess that reignited my interest in Grace Kel...
  • Milena
    4.5 starsMeet Me in Monaco is a feast for the senses: the smells, the sights, the flavors of Provence. It will transport you the French Riviera which you will never want to leave. This is exactly the type of book I love to read. I adored the enchanting setting of South of France, I loved the historical backdrop of Grace Kelly and Prince's of Monaco romance, and I fell in love with the main characters, Sophie and James. Grace Kelly serendipitously...
  • Michelle
    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.
  • Laura G (lauralovestoread)
    “𝚃𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚊 𝚙𝚊𝚛𝚏𝚞𝚖𝚎𝚞𝚛 𝚒𝚜 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚊 𝚔𝚎𝚎𝚙𝚎𝚛 𝚘𝚏 𝚖𝚎𝚖𝚘𝚛𝚒𝚎𝚜, 𝚂𝚘𝚙𝚑𝚒𝚎. 𝙴𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚢 𝚜𝚌𝚎𝚗𝚝 𝚠𝚒𝚕𝚕 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚘𝚏 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐, 𝚘𝚛 𝚜𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚘𝚗𝚎.”—𝙷𝚊𝚣𝚎𝚕 𝙶𝚊𝚢𝚗𝚘𝚛, 𝙷𝚎𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    James Henderson is a paparazzo for a tabloid magazine, but he likes to think himself as so much more than that as he as higher aspirations. It's the 1950s and his tabloid magazine assigns him to Cannes for the famous film festival. Not a bad gig, right? This year James, also known as Jim, is hoping to get the much sought after shot of the one and only Grace Kelly. While in Cannes, Grace, annoyed at the persistent photographers, seeks refuge in a ...
  • Kristen
    i only just read last christmas in paris a couple months ago, so it was fresh in my mind when i got this one. i had high expectations. i struggled a bit in the first 30% but then it picks up. i was liking it but definitely not as much as the last christmas book, it just wasn't as readable or i wasn't clicking with it as quickly. i wasn't super happy with sophie and lucien, i really don't have patience for characters who stay with someone who is s...
  • Rian *fire and books*
    This was, until the last 34 pages, a perfect 5 star read. It’s still good, delightful, and beautifully written; but the ending, while ultimately sweet, initially left me bitter.
  • Lisa
    Thank you so much to Harper Collins Canada and William Morrow Books for sharing Meet Me in Monaco by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb for review. Available July 23, this one should definitely be on the top of your wishlist!!Sophie and James are two of the most heartwarming characters I have read in a very long time. I loved them both almost from the first page and from the start wanted the best for both.Sophie is a perfumer who inherited a strugglin...
  • Jamie
    Oh, to be transported to Monaco during the days of Grace Kelly's courtship with Prince Ranier. Well, reading Meet Me in Monaco is the second best option! in May of 1955, we meet Sophie, a young parfumeur with a distinctive talent for creating beautiful, unique scents. On the run from the paparazzi, Grace Kelly seeks refuge in Sophie's shop and a friendship is born. Coincidentally, the very paparazzo that Grace is hiding from becomes a man of grea...
  • Deborah Blanchard
    As I sigh and take a deep breath, I wonder and think about this book."If's. Buts. Maybes. Memories and regrets. They are all carried in the stars." I love this quote from this beautiful book. A scent has the power to evoke a memory. Sophie Duval is a perfumer. She creates scents that can hold memories. This book is a richly woven tapestry of love and memories. It is interlaced with Grace Kelly's story of becoming a Princess and is an integral par...
  • Trish at Between My Lines
    Full review coming soon.
  • Sue
    This beautiful new novel is based on Grace Kelley's wedding to Prince Rainier in 1956 in Monaco. Before she met the prince, she was Hollywood elite and followed everywhere by reporters and cameras. When she was in Cannes in 1955 for the Film Festival, she was introduced to Prince Ranier of Monaco for a photo op. She wasn't initially very impressed with him that soon changed. She married her prince in 1956, retired from Hollywood and lived a happy...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    Set in the 1950s at the time Grace Kelly first meets Prince Rainier of Monaco, this romantic historical fiction story follows the imagined lives of a perfumer, Sophie Duval, and a British press photographer, James Henderson. As Sophie develops an exclusive perfume for Grace Kelly and James is an assigned photographer, the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier is the backdrop of the bittersweet and star crossed romance of Sophie and James. "To...
  • Diana
    I loved everything about this book from it's whistful Hollywood Nostalgia to the delicious descriptions. A definite must-read for lovers of vintage Hollywood and romance
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    Thank you so much to Harper Collins Canada for a free review copy of this book. I read and loved the last book this author duo wrote so I was very interested in this book. I was also definitely intrigued to read a book about Grace Kelly and her romance with Prince Rainier and then there was the added element of the beautiful French Riviera as the setting. The story is told by Sophie and James and we learn of their fictional connections to Grace a...
  • Rebecca
    I have to admit - I know very little about Grace Kelly. I know she was an American movie star. I know she married the Prince of Monaco. And that was about it. I knew nothing about her background, her courtship, or her life after marriage. And to be honest - you won't learn TOO much about that in this book._In fact, Grace Kelly is not the main character of this story. The narrators are Sophie, a French perfumer, and James, a British photographer. ...
  • Patricia Sands
    A fabulous read from start to finish. Kudos to the authors for their obvious research in the art of creating French "parfums" and the art of photography as well as the accurate details of the wonderful settings in the south of France.. The reader is easily transported back to the 1950's as the story focuses on the real-life events surrounding the marriage of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier. Mixing fiction with history and romance, the story offers...
  • menna hafez
    This is the first book to me by Hazel Gaynor. I really loved it so much and enjoyed the journey of Grace, Sophie and Jim but I don't love the end, why the author not making Sophie and Jim married early, why they wait all those years to meet, talk and then married.
  • Cassidy (Cassidys.Bookshelf)
    **4/5**Review to come.