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The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose
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Apr 10, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012

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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 myths, but has evolved into finding the true stories that started the myths in the first place. When Jac’s brother, Robbie, tells Jac about a discovery that could possibly lead to a scent that could take someone into their past lives, Jac is drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. And when Robbie goes missing, it becomes clear that more than one person is interested in past lives, and they’ll do anything to get their hands on the secret.

If you’re looking for a read that will transport you to another time and place, this is the one. Jac is a wounded, yet relatable character, and her devotion to finding her brother is her driving force. There is some romance in the form of an ex love of Jac’s that offers his help, and the author keeps you on your toes since you never quite know who you can trust. Fascinating storylines about Cleopatra, living Buddhas, Chinese history (and Triads), not to mention locations ranging from Egypt, to New York, and Paris will keep you turning the pages. I especially enjoyed a trip into the catacombs that sprawl under Paris, and contain the bones of millions of the dead. 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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