The Collector of Dying Breaths

The Collector of Dying Breaths

A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2014
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"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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2014
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451621532
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ros
Description: 368 pages ; 24 cm


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rberardinelli Nov 07, 2016

Very interesting premise and all the characters were fleshed out really well. The sex scenes weren't that obnoxious, either. The book definitely picked up in the last third or so and that was where it almost lived up to the subtitle "A Novel of Suspense." I was hoping it would be more suspenseful, but it was very well-written overall and I enjoyed it.

Jun 18, 2015

This story has the perfect blend of history running parallel with the present. Beautiful tale of love, 2nd chances, potions, poisons, passions and the obsessive need to know the truth regardless of cost.

Jan 28, 2015

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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