🔮 The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury by Marc Levy

🛩️ Alice Pendlebury is quite happy with her life: she works in London with perfumes, she has a group of very close friends and lives in a cosy apartment. Her only concern is her belligerent neighbour, at least till Christmas Eve, when her friends convince her to visit a psychic. She tells her that the most important man in her life was right behind her and that she’ll need to undertake a journey to meet 6 people who will lead her to secrets about her past.

♥️ I liked:⁠
🇹🇷 The setting. My first thought after finishing this book was: I have to visit Istanbul. The descriptions of the city, the people, the scents, the seasons changing… they are full of love and respect for Turkey and Istanbul.
👃 The sensorial aspects. I loved the importance of perfumes and the fact that Alice’s memory is triggered by scents of flowers and spices. Has it never happened to you? To smell something and being instantly reminded about an important fact or person in your life? It happens to me all the time!
💌 The quest for the truth. I loved following Alice while she learnt about her past, helped by her brand new confident, Mr Daldry. It was clear from the beginning that there was more to her than what her parents told her. When I discovered her real heritage, I almost cried.
👩 Alice. I simply adore her. I loved watching her change and grow page after page. She became more confident thanks to her trip to Turkey, both in her personal life and in her amazing job.

🤔 I wasn’t so sure about:⁠
The pace. I loved the beginning of the book, I was immediately hooked, at least till the start of the adventure in Turkey. I got a bit lost in the middle of the book, between Mr Daldry’s return to London and Alice’s first meeting with her former nanny. Nothing happened, till the nanny’s revelation. The end of the book is as amazing as the beginning, though.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5⁠ A really entertaining book, full of emotions, scents, history and love.

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