Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Review: The Book of Lost Fragrances by M J Rose
Source: Publisher (Blog Tour)
Jac and Robbie L’Etoile are heirs to the famous and once profitable L’Etoile Parfumerie in France. Her brother, Robbie has a great trained nose, while Jac has the true talent. Unfortunately, since the death of her mother, Jac has moved to America and left the business in Robbie’s hands. Jac is haunted by her past, and could not continue to immerse herself in that world. Robbie is facing financial ruin, and has been hinting at a great discovery that could save the family business. When he tries to enlist Jac’s help to formulate the mysterious and possibly powerful perfume, Jac refuses. When her brother goes missing, she has to return to the world she left behind.
The Book of Lost Fragrances is very difficult to sum up; the novel is multilayered and full of pertinent details. This was my first experience with M J Rose, and she clearly is a talented writer. Full of mystery, suspense, and historical fiction, the novel is not easy to categorize either. M J Rose has developed a unique and absorbing read.
The premise of perfume and reincarnation is really interesting. There is no denying that scents can evoke memories, but can a perfume be a key to memory and ultimately memories of a former life? M J Rose had a lot of offer in this novel, and she did a great job weaving a complex novel with alternating perspectives.
I really enjoyed this one; it felt really unique and different from what I normally read. I was really surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did. It may seem weird but novels about perfume, immediately reminds me of Perfume by Patrick Suskind while really disturbed me. So, I’m a little reluctant to read books about perfume. I’m really glad that I gave this one a change.