Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose

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 moves to America, leaving the company in the hands of her brother Robbie. 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 discovers a secret the House of L’Etoile has been hiding since 1799: a scent that unlocks the mysteries of reincarnation. 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. 

 Tifferz Take~
The Book of Lost Fragrances took me a little bit to figure out all the players in this suspenseful novel. Once I figured it out I was swept from present day into the past and back again. I liked how Ms. Rose Incorporated a tragic love story, murder, betrayal, the Chinese Mafia, the Dali Lama and mix in a fragrance that can have you remember your past lives. It is a thrilling read with ups and downs that had my heart racing at times. I enjoyed that this story was unique and unusual. The story has lingered in my mind for some time now.   Just fyi~This book does contain the F word about 8 times, a rape scene, adultery and sexual situations with some detail.  

source~ publisher for review
you can pick up the kindle book here 
 you can pick up the hardcover here

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