Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Book of Lost Fragrances by M J Rose

I found this suspenseful book fascinating to read.
Of exotic perfumes, an adventure story and ancient
history all combined to make a wonderful compelling
and mystical tale.

The heroine of the story, Jac or (Jacinthe as she was known by her father)
followed myths and
legends around the world and determined the truth of
many of these ancient legends.

I loved the settings of Paris and New York and the exquisite
nature of the tale with ancient perfumes deriving from ancient

Descriptions of the furniture of the home of the old work shop in Paris
where there were so many memories of earlier times were quite wonderful
and seemed so authentic. The atmosphere of an old fashioned home was
recreated from earlier eras with art works and decorative design of beauty
and majesty.

I enjoyed the re-telling of so many of the stories from the
past. Romances, the flower gardens and perfumes of Queen Cleopatra which provided
exotic and fascinating settings. It was almost as though past and future would mingle.

There were other exotic elements in the story which weaved
together, as for example, the Tibetan lore and the story of a
Tibetan boy who had been kidnapped and taken to China and
became a renowned artist in the field of the beautiful art of calligraphy and whose
works were finally presented in Paris.

A lost fragrance which could also recall past lives? This story has
all the elements of excitement and expectation of a grand finale.
This story is writing at its best and well recommended for people
with scope and imagination. Anything is possible and I found the
tale to be quite magical.


  1. Thanks for this great review, Sandra. My TBR list just grew as I think this would be a delicious read when we're on holiday.

  2. Hello Kitty,

    Thanks for your message.

    I am sure that you will enjoy reading the book.

    It is a great story.

    Best wishes