The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. Rose

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What’s different about The Book of Lost Fragrances is that there is no mysterious/magical object, but a certain smell, concocted by the ancient Egyptians which brings one back vivid memories of past lives.
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Synopsis

A spellbinding novel from the internationally bestselling author!

A Secret Worth Dying For…

Jac L’Etoile has always been haunted by visions of the past, her earliest memories infused with the exotic scents that she grew up with as the heir to a storied French perfume company. These worsened after her mother’s suicide until she finally found a doctor who helped her, teaching her to explore the mythological symbolism in her visions and thus lessen their painful impact. This ability led Jac to a wildly successful career as a mythologist, television personality, and author.

When her brother, Robbie—who’s taken over the House of L’Etoile from their father—contacts Jac about a remarkable discovery in the family archives, she’s skeptical. But when Robbie goes missing before he can share the secret—leaving a dead body in his wake—Jac is plunged into a world she thought she’d left behind.

Traveling back to Paris to investigate Robbie’s disappearance, Jac discovers that the secret is a mysterious scent developed in Cleopatra’s time. Could the rumors swirling be true? Can this ancient perfume hold the power to unlock the ability to remember past lives and conclusively prove reincarnation? If this possession has the power to change the world, then it’s not only worth living for…it’s worth killing for, too.

The Book of Lost Fragrances fuses history, passion, and suspense in an intoxicating web that moves from Cleopatra’s Egypt and the terrors of revolutionary France to Tibet’s battle with China and the glamour of modern-day Paris. This marvelous, spellbinding novel mixes the sensory allure of Perfume with the heartbreaking beauty of The Time Traveler’s Wife, coming to life as richly as our most wildly imagined dreams.
 

About M. Rose

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M.J. Rose is the international bestselling author of twelve novels, one of which (The Reincarnationist) was the basis of the television series Past Lives. She is a founding board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz.com. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Atria Books. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History, Crime, Romance, Horror. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by ManOfLaBook on Mar 14 2012

What’s different about The Book of Lost Fragrances is that there is no mysterious/magical object, but a certain smell, concocted by the ancient Egyptians which brings one back vivid memories of past lives.

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Historical Novel Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Susan Zabolotny

M.J. Rose spent over two and a half years traveling and researching this contemporary novel with flashbacks to ancient Egypt. I highly recommend this book.

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Red Room

Excellent
Reviewed by Holly on Mar 16 2012

This is bold writing with an intriguing, original plot.

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S. Krishna's Books

Good
Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Apr 03 2012

The Book of Lost Fragrances is one of those books that has something to offer everyone.

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My Bookish Ways

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on Apr 11 2012

If you love a good, rich mystery, combined with historical details and lyrical prose, you’ll really enjoy The Book of Lost Fragrances.

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Pure Textuality

Good
Reviewed by Ulysses Ronquillo on Mar 13 2012

A suspense-filled mystery wrapped in intrigue tied up with a love story, The Book of Lost Fragrances is an incredible work of art that I will surely re-read many times in my life.

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Diary of an Eccentric

Good
Reviewed by Anna Horner on Apr 03 2012

She is a skilled storyteller, and I enjoyed going along for the ride.

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From Left to Write

Good
Reviewed by Thien-Kim Lam on Mar 19 2012

If you like suspense novels that will whisk you away to different times and different countries, I highly recommend The Book of Lost Fragrances.

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Chick Lit Plus

Good
Reviewed by Sara on Mar 26 2012

I found The Book of Lost Fragrances hauntingly beautiful and suspenseful.

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Stargazerpuj's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Pujitha Krishnan on Mar 18 2012

Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys reading an adventure story about past-life memories and reincarnation.

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Alexa Loves Books

Good
Reviewed by Alexa on Apr 03 2012

Read this novel if you enjoy adventure based on an interesting, intelligent premise.

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Layers of Thought

Good
Reviewed by Shellie on Mar 29 2012

If you’re interested in a thrilling read, have a curiosity about reincarnation, or like historical fiction and paranormal stories, then this will be a great book for you.

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Novel Reflections

Good
Reviewed by Diana on Apr 02 2012

My favorite parts of the story were the flashbacks to the past lives of the main characters, especially their time in Ancient Egypt, and also the rich descriptions of the scents and smells the characters experienced.

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So Misguided

Below average
Reviewed by Monique on Apr 03 2012

I certainly liked this book because of the perfume references but this type of mystery isn’t my favourite genre.

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Booklover Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Joanne P on Mar 13 2012

There are so many interesting things going on in this novel, multiple adventure-filled story lines spanning history, all woven together almost effortlessly.

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A Novel Source

Good
Reviewed by Heather on Mar 01 2012

And in my opinion, The Book of Lost Fragrances is the absolute best one so far - and that's saying a lot because I loved The Reincarnationist, The Memorist and The Hypnotist.

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Lazy Daisy

Good
Reviewed by Marie on Mar 12 2012

Highly recommended. I'm looking forward to reading more works by Rose.

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