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Book of Lost Fragrances, The: A Novel of Suspense

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  • Posted February 28, 2013

    Wow where to start to talk about this amazing book that I loved;

    Wow where to start to talk about this amazing book that I loved; The Book Of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose…
    It has a complicated, twisty-turny, back and forth in time plot which all resolves seamlessly; a credit to M. J. Rose’s ability to craft a story.
    It has lovable, wounded, flawed characters.
    It brings you into other worlds and gives you a realistic-seeming taste of them. For instance, I was vaguely aware that Paris, France has catacombs underneath. This book made them real for me.
    It also has an element that I love, love, love; the world of fragrance, aromatherapy, scent.
    I found that world fascinating.
    The book speaks of fragrance in the sense of perfumes; both perfumes custom-made to suit the individual; a company that mass-markets fictional perfumes with names like Rouge and Noir; and medicinal perfumes.
    “This was one of the scents from The Game of Impossible Fragrances. In the scent vocabulary that made up her and Robbie’s secret language, this was Fragrance of Loyalty, Jac’s favorite. Adding notes of bergamot to a rich earthy base of oakmoss, she’d come up with a chypre—a type of warm, woody scent first made famous by the legendary perfumer Francois Coty in 1917. Fragrance of Loyalty was neither feminine nor masculine, and could be worn by either brother or sister. And that was as it should be, she said, so they both could use it to signal when something was wrong and they needed help.” The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose.
    This book does not have a HEA, everyone gets married, ending. The ending is happy and hopeful but the soul mates, ‘Ames souers’, do not ride off into the sunset together.
    I highly recommend that you read this book when you want to be completely drawn into another world. Taken away. Transported.

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