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Because of my freelance gig as a Shelf Awareness reviewer, I get a batch or two of books every month, to try out and possibly to review. Last spring, Alyssa Harad’s gorgeous memoir, Coming to My Senses: A Story of Perfume, Pleasure, and an Unlikely Bride, landed in my mailbox, and I savored every luscious description of perfume and every heart-stirring passage. (Read my gushing Shelf review.)

coming to my senses alyssa harad paperback

I admit to being a perfume novice. I have long worn Banana Republic’s Classic perfume, spicy and citrus-y, which my mom used to wear and which smells like elegance to me for that reason. But Alyssa’s book intrigued me enough that I’m sniffing out (ha) a few new scents. Her descriptions (and her blog posts) are absolutely swoon-worthy.

Of course, Coming to My Senses isn’t just about perfume. It is also about Alyssa coming to terms with herself as a woman who enjoys perfume, and about finding her way both in life and love (including an unconventional path to wedded bliss). It is brave and tender and lovely, like all the best memoirs – even if you’re not a perfume hound.

Alyssa’s book is out in paperback on June 25 (with a gorgeous new cover, above). You can pre-order it now from your favorite indie bookstore. And she has generously offered a copy for me to give away to a reader.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling us about your favorite perfume and/or a smell you love, and I’ll draw a name early next week.

Happy sniffing!

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