Friday, March 30, 2012

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose

The Book of Lost Fragrances
by M.J. Rose

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Just released: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Historical
Hardback: 384 pages
Rating: 4

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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.

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): great nose
Loved the historical details of the world of scents intermingled with mystery. I'm definitely more appreciative and aware of scents and smells that can be created for pleasure and other...

The mention of Paris and things French just popped out at me -- in a good way. Mostly because I've got Paris on the brain ;-D

I also liked how this book got me thinking about reincarnation.

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* review copy courtesy of author

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4 comments:

  1. I have read mixed reviews. Maybe I'll give it a chance! >_<

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  2. I liked this one, but had read the last book. I think it helps if you read one of the previous books, since this is book 4. However, this can be read as a stand alone too, it just takes longer to get into it.

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  3. This book sounds really sweeping, I'm adding it to my TBR pile. Thanks for the review!
    Janiera @This is From my Heart

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  4. This book would encourage one to notice scent around them more and appreciate some of the more expensive and exotic scents.

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