Friday, April 6, 2012

Book Review: The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose


Atria Books(S&S)
384 pages
Published March 13, 2012


I have always been amazed at the power of smells- How a certain scent can trigger memories from childhood or cause a very physical reaction such as sadness or anger. For me, it is the smell of China Rain oils. Reminds me of being a teen, vacationing with family on the Central Coast of California. Because of this, I was very excited to read The Book of Lost Fragrances by M.J. Rose.
In the book, the author introduces a fragrance that can bring back the memories of past lives! So cool.

The House of E'toile is a perfume company in danger of going under, but a discovery of broken Egyptian pottery in the cellar of their father's home give brother and sister, Jaq and Robbie, a chance to save their family's legacy and unlock the mysteries of reincarnation. Unfortunately for them, some people, such as the Chinese government, are not as excited by this discovery. The Book of Lost Fragrances is a love story, suspense and mystery novel, and a bit of history all rolled up in to one great and interesting story.

I really enjoyed the storytelling and pace of this book. The suspense grows throughout which kept me reading wanting to find out what was going to happen next. The characters are interesting and likable, as well, which also made me want to know how it was all going to end for them.

This was my first time reading anything by M.J. Rose and am now a fan. Can't wait to get my hands on her other books. Really looking forward to reading her Reincarnationist Series.

Source: Author/Publisher for review


M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her next novel THE BOOK OF LOST FRAGRANCES (Atria/S&S) will be published in March 2012. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors - The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype. She is also the co-founder of and lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

 For more information on M.J. Rose and her novels, please visit her WEBSITE.
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  1. I really enjoyed this book too. I loved reading about all the different fragrances and the story line was exciting.

  2. Glad to see you really enjoyed it! I loved it! I've read the first two books in the reincarnation series and enjoyed those as well.


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