The Collector of Dying Breaths

A Novel of Suspense

Rose, M. J.

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Collector of Dying Breaths
"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 Rene; 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 Rene;'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"--

Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, c2014.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 1451621531
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,24 cm


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Jan 28, 2015
  • gymgurl rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Well I thought I was reading a bit of suspense and a bit of history. I was totally unprepared for the handful of really descriptive sex scenes that got thrown in which really isn't a problem except that they were so out of character with the rest of the story. Seemed kind of cheesy to me.


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