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The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense Hardcover – March 13, 2012
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A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra--and lost for 2,000 years.
Jac L'Etoile has always been haunted by the past, her memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up surrounded by as the heir to a storied French perfume company. In order to flee the pain of those remembrances--and of her mother's suicide--she moved to America. Now, fourteen years later she and her brother have inherited the company along with it's financial problems. But when Robbie hints at an earth-shattering discovery in the family archives and then suddenly goes missing--leaving a dead body in his wake--Jac is plunged into a world she thought she'd left behind.
Back in Paris to investigate her brother's disappearance, Jac becomes haunted by the legend the House of L'Etoile has been espousing since 1799. Is there a scent that can unlock the mystery of reincarnation - or is it just another dream infused perfume?
The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense, moving from Cleopatra's Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet's battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. Jac's quest for the ancient perfume someone is willing to kill for becomes the key to understanding her own troubled past.
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Oh. And the perfume! I'm a huge fan of anything Ancient Egypt so reading about Cleopatra's perfume factory was an added bonus (and prompted me to buy more perfume of my own).
I have to admit, though, that I stumbled out of the gate and had a bit of a tough time getting into the swing of the story. I recognize a lot of the early chapters were set up (and I LOVED the opener), but things really got into gear about halfway through. The ending was a shocker, on the romance and the family front. Kudos to MJ Rose for the twists.
I've read this series out of order and still have two other Reincarnationist books to read, but it didn't matter. This book very easily can be read as a standalone.
If you're into high drama with a dose of mythology and fact written as fiction, this is a book to come to. A solid read.
I love a mystery and this book has that covered. I have always found reincarnation interesting and this book covers that. Several love stories, what more could one ask?
One could ask for a well-written book and this one certainly has that covered. I will be reading all of MJ Rose's books after this. Loved it.
I never talk about particulars, as you can find them on the cover and usually too many particulars in these types of reviews. I prefer to let you know the book is well worth reading....
Read this book and enjoy!(less)
M.J. Rose has finally hit her stride with this fourth book in the series. The previous three books had too many plot line and focused too much on the Phoenix Foundation. This book, however, manages to weave two previous lives of Jac's soul with her current life and the search for a memory scent. Fast paced and intriguing, this story draws the reader in quickly and never lets go. The resolution, while satisfying, leaves the door open for book five.