The Collector of Dying Breaths

The Collector of Dying Breaths

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by M. J. Rose, Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
     
 

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From the internationally bestselling author, a lush and imaginative novel that crisscrosses time as passion and obsessions collide

Florence, Italy—1533:

An orphan named René le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, René brings with him

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From the internationally bestselling author, a lush and imaginative novel that crisscrosses time as passion and obsessions collide

Florence, Italy—1533:

An orphan named René le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, René brings with him a cache of secret documents from the monastery where he was trained: recipes for exotic fra­grances and potent medicines—and a formula for an alchemic process said to have the poten­tial to reanimate the dead.

In France, René becomes not only the greatest perfumer in the country, but also the most dangerous, creating deadly poisons for his Queen to use against her rivals. But while mixing herbs and essences under the light of flickering candles, René doesn’t begin to imag­ine the tragic and personal consequences for which his lethal potions will be responsible.

Paris, France—The Present:

A renowned mythologist, Jac L’Etoile—trying to recover from personal heartache by throw­ing herself into her work—learns of the sixteenth-century perfumer who may have been working on an elixir that would unlock the secret to immortality. She becomesobsessed with René le Florentin’s work—particularly when she discovers the dying breaths he had collected during his lifetime.

Jac’s efforts put her in the path of her estranged lover, Griffin North, a linguist who has already begun translating René le Flo­rentin’s mysterious formula. Together they confront an eccentric heiress in possession of a world-class art collection, a woman who has her own dark purpose for the elixir . . . for which she believes the ends will justify her deadly means.

This mesmerizing gothic tale zigzags from the violent days of Catherine de Medici’s court to twenty-first-century France. Fiery and lush, set against deep, wild forests and dimly lit cha­teaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths illuminates the true path to immortality: the legacies we leave behind.

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times (**** ½ STARS TOP PICK)
"Rose masterfully combines romance, mystery, and dual timelines…The storyline and extensive historical details…are fascinating.”
CT Post
"A terrific piece of entertainment."
Romantic Times (FOUR-AND-A-HALF STARS TOP PICK)
"Rose masterfully combines romance, mystery, and dual timelines…The storyline and extensive historical details…are fascinating.”
Free Lance-Star
“What can I say; M.J. Rose has done it again. She presents a story so intricate and mesmerizing that the reader can get lost in the pages…an excellent choice for avid book clubbers to discuss and debate.”
Associated Press Staff
"M.J. Rose's latest is breathtaking. The Collector of Dying Breaths combines fascinating history, torrid romance and a compelling mystery into a marvelous package that will entice fans of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon…Rose has taken an interesting premise and uses history to tell her tale....an original reading experience.”
Providence Journal
"Wondrously original... elegantly written. Rose manages to utterly suspend our disbelief in a book that leaves us, appropriately enough, breathless."
C.W. Gortner
“From the labyrinthine alleyways of 16th century Paris to the danger-infused woodlands of 21st century Fontainebleau, M.J. Rose has crafted a superb, mesmerizing tale of two people separated by centuries yet linked by a haunting secret. Poison, obsession and undying love have never been so enticing—or so lethal. I could not stop reading it!”
Sara Gruen
"Mysterious, magical, and mythical…what a joy to read!"
Lynn Cullen
"M.J. Rose masterfully serves up suspense with generous sides of philosophy and intrigue. I devoured this fascinating tale about Catherine de Medici and her perfumer simmered with the compelling modern-day story of an intelligent woman in search of personal completion. Alchemy, mythology, and an exploration of reincarnation lace this tantalizing telling. A lavish and satisfying banquet of a book!"
New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forge B.A.Shapiro
“History, mystery, ambition, lust, love, death and the timeless quest for immortality…a riveting tale of suspense.”
Susanna Kearsley
"With an alchemist's skill, M.J. Rose mixes present and past with the dark scent of love and an intricate mystery, creating a blend that is splendidly, spookily magical."
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-01
Jac L'Etoile—mythologist, historian and TV host—becomes embroiled in a quest to find a lost potion that might promise immortality, while revisiting a past love and navigating a dangerous mystery. She just lost her beloved brother, a renowned perfumer, to a quick, mysterious illness. Following his death-bed request that she visit an eccentric heiress in Barbizon, France, Jac is once again confronted with evidence that she has the ability to access past lives through stunningly realistic visions. The heiress's chateau is filled with museum-quality treasures, and it was once home to Catherine de Medici's perfumer, René le Florentine—who may have mixed up a poison, too, here or there. During her visit, Jac discovers an ancient book detailing René's lifelong pursuit of a potion that would bring the two people he loved most back to life, but the more information she finds regarding his hunt, the more she realizes there might be a dark legacy attached to it, which might be connected to her brother's death. Jac's visit to Barbizon will reconnect her to Griffin, the only man she's ever loved, and force her to use all her intelligence, instincts and gifts to ensure they both survive a dangerous obsession—since it's becoming increasingly clear that she and Griffin have traveled this path together before. Best-selling author Rose has created a captivating world where reincarnation exists, then built historical and romantic tension around past lives and a modern-day mystery. This book, the third featuring Jac L'Etoile, seems to be the culmination of her journey, and it's a compelling, imaginative look at one woman's intersection with history. A suspenseful and enigmatic story, with gripping historical details and the paranormal subtext Rose has become famous for, which will please her many fans.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455869480
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Reincarnationist Series, #6
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
10
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.12(d)

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