- File Size: 7393 KB
- Print Length: 386 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (March 13, 2012)
- Publication Date: March 13, 2012
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GG0MZQ
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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These sections, where Rose describes scents and their powerful associations, transported me. If words could have aromas, then Rose's writing is lyrical fragrance.
The magical perfume at the heart of the novel, and one which everyone is desperately searching for, at whatever cost, is that of "âmes souers" or the scent of soul mates. Rose weaves a legend that Cleopatra, still in love with the dead Julius Caesar, commissions a very special concoction, that which will allow her in her future lives the ability to find her soul mate, Caesar, no matter where or when, through scent.
The mixture of memory, scent, and love is a powerful and heady combination. The passages dealing with doomed lovers through the centuries were the most moving for me. For instance, this image of a woman pining for the man who broke her heart and buying bottles of his scent because she's still in love with him.
"Jac thought the scent promised stories, too, but based on its essences. Its ingredients were as old as the Bible: bergamot, lemon, honey, ylang ylang, vetiver, civet, and musk.Read more ›
It's been shockingly summer-y in Boston this spring, and I spent a few happy nights with this book, wine (although tea was tempting, given all the descriptions of fabulously unique blended teas the characters drank), and my sunny porch. While this is the fourth in a series, I've found each book works very well as stand alone novels. Only one character really spans the four books (I believe), and his role is explained clearly. References are made to his connection with the previous novel's, and I had enough info to enjoy this one.
The plot is fun enough: a French-American family of perfumers stumble upon what might be the recipe for a fragrance that will allow people to recall their previous lives. Robbie, a Buddhist, is convinced this perfume exists and would assist the Tibetans and the Dalai Lama in achieving independence from China; Jac, his sister, is a pragmatic myth buster, of sorts, afflicted with horrible visions and a broken heart. At odds about their family's failing perfume atelier, they become the focus of nefarious groups wanting the possibly magical perfume. There's some romantic drama, reincarnation-y flashbacks, international intrigue, and lots of tantalizing descriptions of scent and fragrances.
For those who like French historicals or novels set in Paris, this is for you. If you're not a paranormal fan, I'm not sure if this novel will appeal.Read more ›
Jac L'Etoile along with her brother, Robbie, are the heir to the famous and once profitable L'Etoile Parfumerie in France. She now lives in the U.S. and has a `myth busters-like' cable TV show having left the running of the family business to her brother Robbie. Jac is a fragile women who suffered from delusional episodes as a child after her mothers suicide. She was treated by renown hypnotist and reincarnationist Malachi Samuels of the Phoenix Foundation.
In Paris, Robbie has discovered a collection of Egyptian pottery shards that once held what is thought to be a perfume that could aid in revealing past lives and reuniting soul mates across the centuries. It may be a memory tool, sought by Malachi, Tibetan Buddhists and shadowy factions of different governments.
Inscribed on the pieces of pottery are a clue to Cleopatra's The Book of Lost Fragrances. With the help of Jac's one time lover and Robbie's friend, Egyptologist and Archeologist, Griffin North, Robbie hopes to translate the characters on the pottery shards and ultimately deliver them to the Dali Lama.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read. The characters and twists are amazingly captivating as is the description of the fragrences.Published 3 months ago by Arkengareth
In this book, virtually nothing happens. Meanwhile, the author shows and tells the reader about a great deal of interesting research that plainly went into writing the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. M. Massi
I'm in the middle of this book now and I've rarely enjoyed one so much! It's a fun, romantic, mysterious read and the story is probably like nothing else you've ever read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by amie's slipper
Interesting information throughout the book, but the story never caught me.Published 3 months ago by MaineReader
The idea of connecting fragrances with reincarnation is, to say the least, a fantastical one. Believing in reincarnation & wondering if it is a reason for my life experiences, I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jenny
Fun book. Good characters. Lots of need information about Paris. And lots of olfactory imagery.Published 3 months ago by Jay Earley
Have you ever felt the power of scent? Has a smell brought memories back so vivid that you felt they were real? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rebecca Graf
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