The Collector of Dying Breaths
by M.J. Rose
Publisher: Atria Books
From one of America’s most imaginative storytellers comes a passionate tale of love and treachery, spanning the days of Catherine de Medici’s court to the twenty-first century and starring a woman drawn back, time and again, to the past.
In 1533, an Italian orphan with an uncanny knack for creating fragrance is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici’s perfumer. To repay his debt, over the years René le Florentine is occasionally called upon to put his vast knowledge to a darker purpose: the creation of deadly poisons used to dispatch the Queen’s rivals.
But it’s René’s other passion—a desire to reanimate a human breath, to bring back the lives of the two people whose deaths have devastated him—that incites a dangerous treasure hunt five centuries later. That’s when Jac L’Etoile—suffering from a heartache of her own—becomes obsessed with the possibility of unlocking Rene’s secret to immortality.
Soon Jac’s search reconnects her with Griffin North, a man she’s loved her entire life. Together they confront an eccentric heiress whose art collection rivals many museums and who is determined to keep her treasures close at hand, not just in this life but in her next.
Set in the forest of Fontainebleau, crisscrossing the lines between the past and the present, M.J. Rose has written a mesmerizing tale of passion and obsession. This is a gothic tale perfect for fans of Anne Rice, Deborah Harkness, and Diana Galbadon.
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M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of fourteen novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. 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 – Authorbuzz.com. 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 Peroozal.com and BookTrib.com.
Rose 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. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.
I must start by saying that this is the sixth book in the Reincarnationist series by MJ Rose
but I definitely I read this book independent, and can be read so as an independent novel.
The Collector of Dying Breaths , attracted my attention thanks to that title without forgetting its cover. Your content certainly is magical and descriptive, and your senses will be the order of the day . This novel revolves around the scent , it describes the feel and scent of a perfume, and in another way that feeling of touch , not stop to play with our imagination.
I was very excited when I started reading it, the story is rich in every sense of the word and I decided to take my time with this book, I wanted to discover every note of the essence and every detail were worth the wait. His spins, time changes at times to tell this story were very well maintained and it's nice when a book gives you that managing emotions and make you part of thems.
Weaving a story should not be so easy, but it easily accomplished for the author and has his characters stand each uniquely, making it even more exquisite. Help your senses, and why not, your heart to connect with the feelings of each, is a twist of emotions enjoy even if they are sad.
Love, suspense, historical fiction and are framed well on every moment of them in a magical and fascinating site, is not boring and keeps you in constant motion, definitely a story you can not miss.
I recommend it for every sweet moment, a sunny day, a coffee on a rainy afternoon in this place dedicated to your reading and a few drops of your favorite perfume.
My Star Reviews: 4.8
P.S : I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review .