THE COLLECTOR OF DYING BREATHS
In this third book about a French perfume family, Rose masterfully combines romance, mystery and dual timelines connected by a reincarnation theme. The storyline and extensive historical details about Catherine de Medici’s arrival in Paris as a young royal bride, and later as a ruthless queen, are fascinating. This haunting tale of centuries of tragic love holds the promise of a happily-ever-after ending for present-day lovers.
As Jac L’Etoile’s brother Robbie is dying, he asks her to continue his project of trying to find a secret 16th-century formula that may reanimate souls captured in a person’s dying breath. Jac travels to Barbizon, France, where she finds the hidden workshop of René le Florentin, perfumer (and poisoner) to Queen Catherine de Medici. Jac’s partners in the search for the formula include her former lover, an expert in ancient languages, and the obsessive, manipulative owner of René’s property, who will stop at nothing to obtain the formula. (ATRIA, Apr., 384 pp., $25.00)