Winter Blogfest: Madeleine McDonald

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What’s in a Name?

Several Christmases ago, the gift from my beloved was a small bottle of an iconic perfume. The one that Marilyn Monroe wore to bed. The one that was handed out free to American GIs entering Paris in 1945, in the heady days of victory and liberation. The one that became a legend in America when those same GIs took it back to their wives and girlfriends.

For almost a hundred years, its stark black and white packaging, and the simple bottle with a square glass lid, have been a byword for Parisian elegance.

I was charmed by the thought: less so by the perfume. Chanel No. 5 has a robust, in-your-face presence, which on me was overpowering. When I entered a room, it wafted before me.

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Which I did. Do you think he took the hint? Of course not. A couple of years later, I unwrapped my Christmas present to discover a larger size bottle. My husband beamed. “I remembered what you said and bought you the eau de toilette this time.”

It’s the thought that counts.

Stranded in Morocco, Emily Ryan accepts a job offer from a stranger. Entranced by her new life in the sleepy coastal village of Taghar, she struggles to resist widower Rafi Hassan’s charm – but also clashes with his autocratic ways and respect for tradition. As she attempts to persuade him to allow his teenage daughter Nour more freedom, Emily refuses to acknowledge her own errors of judgment. As the seasons turn and the olives ripen, Emily dares to dream of winning Rafi’s heart – until danger threatens from an unexpected quarter.

Madeleine McDonald lives on the east coast of England, where the cliffs crumble into the sea. She finds inspiration walking on the beach before the world wakes up.


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  1. Oh, that’s funny. At least you’ll have plenty of Chanel No. 5 for years to come, though!

  2. Debra Guyette says

    I am allergic to perfumes. My husband had a hard time with that.

  3. Funny story. Your husband is a very thoughtful man. All the best.

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