An adventure thriller that was a roller coaster that you didn't want to end. From the beginning, the reader meets Jac L'Etoile who is the daughter of a long line of professional perfumers. She has left the family business and her brother is left trying to continue it on without her "nose."
At the same time as the reader is trying to figure out where this storyline is going, there is another one running at the same time that centers around Tibet and a political fight they are having with China as they are denied their theory of reincarnation. People are being kidnapped and somehow these two storylines will intersect.
This book takes the reader on a trip through a few countries and there is quite a load of characters, but I was never lost or confused. The writing was effortless which makes it more than just a piece of fiction.
I would absolutely recommend this to the readers who love a little challenge to their reading. It took quite awhile for the roads to intersect, but when they did it was magic. This author effortlessly twisted this story into one big masterpiece.
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/06/book-of-lost-fragrances.html
The Book of Lost Fragrances combines seemingly unrelated things - high fashion Paris perfumes, Egyptian mythology and history, and the Chinese - Tibetan conflict. These disparate topics come together in a story about adventure and beliefs.
Jac made the decision to leave behind her family's perfume business. Yet, she is haunted by memories and nightmares of her mother's death and her own illnesses. Her brother Robbie continues to run the family business and yet is at risk of losing it all. Tied into this story is the legend of Cleopatra's perfume factory and beliefs about reincarnation. Some believe. Some do not believe. All will go to extreme lengths to support their beliefs.
The books seems to start as a family saga. It then turns into that and an action adventure story. Parts of it read like a spy novel, but because of the family story tied into it, becomes a much more personal story. I love perfumes. I like mythology and the exploration of belief systems. So, I enjoyed the book and the way it brought all those elements together. A quick and easily read story.
It was the type of book I enjoy - a bit of thrills, a bit of mystery, lost artifacts, history, world travels.
An interesting and riveting story about a lost fragrance that can help one recover prior life memories.