Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Book of Lost Fragrances (The Reincarnationist, #4)” as Want to Read:
The Book of Lost Fragrances (The Reincarnationist, #4)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview read excerpt* *Different edition

The Book of Lost Fragrances (Reincarnationist )

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  2,203 ratings  ·  607 reviews
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. I
Hardcover, Large Print, 556 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Center Point Large Print
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Book of Lost Fragrances, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Book of Lost Fragrances

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I have a more than passing - okay, voracious - interest in all things mythological and specifically archetypal, this spoke directly to one of my passions. However, that is not by any means the subject of this work. Rose manages to incorporate mythology, psychology, reincarnation, Chinese politics, Tibetan history, the Chinese Mafia in places as far-flung as Paris, along with the science of perfumery, archaeology and metaphysical exploration into one surprisingly ...more
Carol Waller
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Edited 2/16/2012: One of my blog readers was kind enough to forward my review on to the author and she was in turn kind enough to provide me with proof that fantastical is indeed a word.

I stand corrected.


The Book of Lost Fragrances was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Simon & Schuster, Inc..
Expected Publication Date: March 13th 2012

Interested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!

2.5 stars


Jac L’Etoile escapes to America after the suicide of her mother. Her bro
Marie Z. Johansen
I have to admit to being a long time fan of M.J. Rose but I think that this is her best yet, although I was, and am, a huge fan of The Reincarnationist. Ostensibly this book it is to be one in a series but I find that this is a solid stand alone book. MJ Rose has an excellent trailer video about the book on her website - and you also find information about about the Joya fragrance that was inspired by the book on her website as well..

This book has all of the elements that make heart sing when I
M.J. Rose has cemented her reputation as one of our leading writers of suspense, fusing thriller elements with history and a fascination with how the past can affect and alter the present. While reincarnation themes dominate her past few books, including the brilliant THE HYPNOTIST, you don't have to be a believer to sink into her carefully constructed ambiance, often populated by damaged yet hopeful characters seeking redemption in an often chaotic and dangerous world.

Holly Weiss
A French perfumer is commissioned in the 1800s to recreate a scent formula from Cleopatra’s fragrance factory. It is believed that those who smell the euphoric scent find a portal to past lives. The Book of Lost Fragrances—part thriller, part ancient history, and part romance—surprises on many levels.

Martyred Tibetan monks attempting to prove reincarnation. Napoleon. Cleopatra’s secret soul-mate fragrance formula. A modern day near-bankrupt perfume company. The famous 18th century French L’Etoil
Mar 16, 2014 Kristina rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ugh. no one.
Recommended to Kristina by: Publisher's Weekly, the rats.
I'm not saying this is necessarily a bad book, but I absolutely hated it. Nothing about this book worked for me. I found the writing style to be awkward, graceless and annoying; the writer seems to favor melodrama and short, choppy sentences. Here's an example of both of my complaints:

There would never be any more sadness. Never any more longing, because they would never again separate. This act sealed their fates. They were two woeful halves coming together. Forming a whole that left no room fo
I picked this book up and put it down several times. Fragrances? Ancient Egypt? Yes, please. But… international intrigue? Thriller? Not my thing. But… fragrance as proof of reincarnation? Paris catacombs? Oh, what the heck. I’d give it a try. I’m so glad I did, because from the first lines of the book I was hooked.

Jac and Robbie L’Etoile have a mess to deal with- their father, in the grip of dementia, has sunk the family perfume business deep into debt. The only way out seems to be to sell the r
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Original review posted at Layers of Thought.

The latest page-turning stand-alone story in M.J. Rose’s Reincarnationist series. Fragrance plays a key roll in assisting the characters in accessing their past-life knowledge, which creates drama and intrigue in its thrilling pages.

About: Robbie and Jac L’Etoile have inherited their family’s centuries old perfume business that has been passed down through the generations since Napoleonic times. The once flourishing business is in a shambles due to th
Jenny Q
Jac L'Etoile was plagued by periods of mental unrest as an adolescent--haunted by vivid visions and hallucinations--and she's spent years trying to put them behind her. Even though the doctor who finally helped her break through specialized in studying children with past life experiences, Jac has always refused to even consider the idea that her visions could be memories of a previous life. The lone cynic in a family of romantics, Jac has distanced herself from the family perfume business and sp ...more
Judith Starkston
What do modern Tibet, Cleopatra’s Egypt, revolutionary France, contemporary Paris, reincarnation, the Chinese mafia, the Dalai Lama, the catacombs, perfume production, and Greek mythology have to do with each other? Read The Book of Lost Fragrances and you will find out. Danger, deeply held beliefs, philosophical contemplations, broken hearts and unbreakable hearts, murder and theft: this book has a lot to offer.

All these strands take a while to lay out, and despite some excellent atmospherics,
Mar 02, 2012 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Katy by: netGalley
Disclosure: I received a free ARC e-galley from netGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 discove
Lisa Ann
I recommend this book to those who enjoy a female protagonist, find that perfume evokes all sorts of memories and emotions, and enjoy historical thrillers. I didn't realize it was the 4th in a Reincarnation series by this writer, but I am sufficiently intrigued to check out her other reads. My new work location is right near the Clarence Dillon Library in Far Hills, and it is a treat to go there at lunch, sip coffee and take a mental break!

Anyway, a quick Amazon search, will give you a good feel
The Book of Lost Fragrances is a captivating historical fiction. It offers a tale of suspense with paranormal elements, religious oppression and a romance that spans the ages. Rose masterfully blends fact and fiction as she takes us from the tombs of ancient Egypt to the catacombs of Paris. I was fascinated by the history and drawn to the characters.

Told from multiple points of view we travel from past to present as different groups search for the fragrance of lost souls. Believed to have been
This was an eGalley ARC, and I don't normally bite the hand that feeds me advance eBooks (okay, they do expire so I don't actually own anything at the end), but this one fell somewhat short of my expectations. The writing was much too melodramatic at times, choppy narrative at others; it seemed like every few pages was a digression for a lengthy explanation about another factoid, which really hurt the pacing.

I really liked the narrative when it switched to past lives, I just wish the strength o
Adding this to my top 10 books. Wow is all I can say. Ancient Egypt, Tibetian Buddhism, China, Paris, past lives, all are excellantly woven in a fictional story that depending on your belief system holds a truth that has survived beyond the ages. Beautifully written, historical facts make this effort my M.J. Rose a stride out in front winner. If reincarnation is of interest to you then you will be richly rewarded with every turn of the page.
Qwill / The Qwillery

The Book of Lost Fragrances starts off in 1799 in Alexandria, Egypt with the opening of a tomb. Giles L'Etoile, a perfumer from Paris, is at this event and finds something that will affect his family for generations to come. The story brings us from Egypt to present day New York and Paris, to Paris of the late 1700s and early 1800s, to the Egypt of Cleopatra, with stops in China and London.

The main characters are Jac L'Etoile and her brother Robbie L'Etoile. They are the present day owners of th
Lisa B.
Have you ever smelled something and been transported back to an earlier point in your life? This happens to me whenever I smell honey-suckle. Suddenly, I’m thinking back to my childhood and all the memories surrounding growing up in our first family home.
That is part of the premise for this book. How a scent, sometimes that of perfume, can trigger past memories. In the case of this story, those memories can also come from past lives for those who believe in reincarnation.
In The Book of Lost Frag
Viviane Crystal
Rob and Jac L'Etoile are brother and sister inheritors of the famous House of L'Etoile perfume manufacturers and sellers. But their interest lies far beyond just selling appealing perfumes and colognes. For the family has many secrets, all going back centuries when it was believed that a perfume existed that could lead one into past life regression. This, however, is not always such an appealing experience, as Jac experiences, one she and others believe is a touch of psychotic episodes that are ...more
Pinal County Library District
The Book of Lost Fragrances is a beautifully written novel of suspense. Reincarnation, Tibet, China, Napoleon, Paris, Egypt, and New York all play a part in this story as we follow two star-crossed lovers from ancient Egypt to the present day.

As a centuries old French perfumery — now owned by siblings Robbie & Jac L’Etoile — heads toward bankruptcy, pottery shards are discovered that their ancestor recovered from a tomb in Egypt while traveling with Napoleon. The hieroglyphics on them hint a
When I began reading The Book of Lost Fragrances I was slightly unsure what to expect. Won through a BookTrib giveaway I had only briefly skimmed the synopsis. I'm a rarity in that I feel blurbs and synopsis can give too much away about a book. There have been times I've read a blurb and know that the main character's best friend will come up missing and a mystery must be solved, but the friend doesn't disappears until halfway through the book. While reading the book I wait and wait and wait for ...more
First, GORGEOUS cover. I read the digital format but seriously I need to get this book in hardback for 2 reasons. One, GORGEOUS cover…yes I’m saying it again. Can’t help it, I judge books by their covers at first glance, and Rose had me at first glance prior to reading the book summary. Second, it’s a book I could definitely see me reading again.

I was transported between places and times, chapter to chapter, filled with history in the ancient ways, legends, beliefs on past lives and reincarnatio
The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose continues the search for the 12 memory tools that Malachai Samuels continues to search for as part of his research and obsession with reincarnation. The novel focuses not on Samuels per se, but on the history of the L’Etoile family and their development of perfumes and fragrances. Jac has given up the family business, even though the family has insisted that she has the more discerning nose for scent, but her brother Robbie continues to believe that their ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to receive a copy of Seduction by M.J. Rose to read and review, and I found I really enjoyed it. The novel was actually the fifth installment in a series called The Reincarnationist, and even though each book can be read as a one-shot, I'd learned that the protagonist Jac L'Etoile actually first appeared in the previous book. Long story short, I was intrigued enough by her character after reading Seduction that I was motivated to pick up its predecessor, ...more
My Book Addiction and More MBA
THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES by M.J. Rose is a suspense/thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. It weaves reincarnation,intrigue,perfumery,a book of scents,suspense,legends,Egypt,family secrets,murder,mystery,and romance.What an intense thriller that you can almost smell the fragrances from the pages of “The Book of Lost Fragrances”. Jac L’Etoile haunted by visions of a past and exotic smells,her mother’s suicide,she embarks on a career as a mythologist T.V. personality. Her brother ...more
Recently, I had the opportunity to pick up a Galley of MJ Rose’s The Book of Lost Fragrances. Lately, I seem to have been spending a lot of time with books of the paranormal, dystopian, or fantasy genre, so I was surprised when I read about this book and couldn’t get it off my mind. The synopsis was awesome and pulled me in right away. Here’s the synopsis from

“A sweeping and suspenseful tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualit
Mónica Horta
E se houvesse uma fragrância que nos permitisse voltar atrás no tempo e recordar as vidas passadas? E se esse perfume nos permitisse reconhecer a nossa alma gémea noutra vida e viajarmos sempre com ela, de vida para vida? O título do livro e a capa só por si já são muito sugestivos. O facto de abordar viagens a vidas passadas foi o factor decisivo para querer ler este livro. E que bela decisão!

O início da narrativa centra-se numa exploração feita por Napoleão, durante a época da Revolução France
I had previously read this author's "The Reincarnationist". It was over two years ago. I remember being somewhat disappointed in it, but couldn't tell you an exact reason.

In this, her most recent novel, M.J. Rose again visits the subtle and fascinating world of past life echoes, over-layered with tense political drama. Well-crafted, with no jarring character notes, the plot flows and builds at a steady pace. Although one can guess what the final crisis will be, the outcome is not a given, and th
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here:

The Book of Lost Fragrances was a nice change of pace for me. Jac L’etoile is a woman haunted by her past and also by the auditory and visual hallucinations she’s had as a child. Smell is a huge component of that, having been raised in a family of perfumers, and she has a natural ability for fragrance. However, she’s chosen a different path, as the creator and producer of Mythfinders, which originally sought to debunk myth
Stephanie D.
The Book of Lost Fragrances is the epitome of what I enjoy the most about M.J. Rose's works: fascinating historical facts mixed with thought-provoking spirituality and exciting storylines to form a potent elixir of a novel. Like the most complex perfumes, this book had layers of intrigue, most ostensibly involving the Chinese suppression of Tibetan Buddhists and a French family of perfumers' personal and financial troubles. These two initially separate narratives eventually collide in thrilling ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The King Must Die (The Isabella Books, #2)
  • Written in the Ashes
  • The Crown (Joanna Stafford, #1)
  • Auraria
  • The Flower Reader
  • The First Rule of Ten (A Tenzing Norbu Mystery, #1)
  • The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R.
  • The Sister Queens
  • The Truth of All Things
  • Edge of Black (Dr. Samantha Owens #2)
  • Egyptian, The
  • The Last Romanov
  • The Turning of Anne Merrick
  • The Last Storyteller: A Novel of Ireland
  • The Rebel Wife
  • The Haunting of Maddy Clare
  • Unladylike Pursuits
  • The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes  (The Black Stiletto #3)

M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and re
More about M.J. Rose...
The Reincarnationist (Reincarnationist, #1) Seduction (Reincarnationist, #5) The Memorist (Reincarnationist, #2) The Halo Effect (Butterfield Institute #1) The Hypnotist (Reincarnationist, #3)

Share This Book