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.
While I read quite a few different genres, thriller is not one of them. As a Christian, I don’t typically read books that deal with other religions (as this deals with Buddhism). So, I’m probably not the best blogger to review a book with those factors. However, I LOVED this book!!! MJ Rose had me pulled in right at the beginning. While this book is part of a series, I didn’t feel that I had missed out from not having read the first book in her series. Instead, this book is a great stand alone!!
While I don’t believe in reincarnation, M.J. Rose shares an interesting perspective and gives interesting facts about China and their relationship with the Dalai Lama. There is a lot of mystery, details about the past and present regarding different people in search for a particular scent, and somehow it all comes together in the end beautifully. I was up all night reading this book and read this book rather quickly. It is an excellent story and the characters all have their different challenges, who are brought together on a mission to save Jac’s brother. While this is a work of fiction, M.J. Rose weaves it with factual details as well, which results in a story that will transcend generations and have you wondering if it could actually happen.
Having read and seen movies about Coco Channel, I was absolutely fascinated that M.J.’s book inspired a fragrance to be developed based on the scents she describes in the book. How cool is that??? I am sure that was an absolute honor for her and I have been so fortunate to receive 2 samples.
This is a book I highly recommend to those who love a great mystery, are fascinated with how fragrances are conceived, and don’t mind a little reincarnation sprinkled throughout.
*A copy of this book was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Giveaway: Perfume Sample
Win an actual sample of the perfume, Ames Soeurs, that is described in this book!
Thank you to Kate @ Meryl L Moss Media Relations for sponsoring this giveaway!
2 winners will be selected using Random.org
Giveaway ends April 30, 2012.
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