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Scent of Triumph (edition 2012)

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Title:Scent of Triumph
Authors:Jan Moran
Info:Briarcliffe Press (2012), Edition: 1rst, Paperback, 403 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:read in 2013, ebook, netgalley, romance, World War 2, England, France, Poland, Los Angeles, perfume, family, struggle, historical fiction, fashion design

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Danielle Bretancourt von Hoffman is a French woman who seemingly has everything going for her, a caring German husband, a young son and another child on the way, a supportive family well placed in Parisian society and the nose and expertise of a family heritage in perfumery, but her world is on the verge of being upended by the Hitler war machine about to envelop Europe. By the time Hitler has begun to sweep into France, Danielle's life and family has been shattered, but she has sought refuge half a world away in Los Angeles. Now, she has her nose and her sense of business to build a fashion industry in wartime Hollywood, while trying to navigate between love and security, defending herself from a personal Nazi vendetta, and finding hope in her search for her missing son lost in war-torn Europe. Ms. Moran has crafted an intricate, enjoyable tale of character strength, confounding relationships, unexpected dangers and hopes for a better future based within the history and science of the perfume industry. ( )
  kerryreis57 | Mar 26, 2014 |
This book was originally published in December of 2012. I obtained a free Kindle copy at NetGalley from Briarcliffe Press. It is a sweeping love story that takes place during World War II. The book also weaves in elements of perfume creation in the 1940s.

The main character is Danielle Bretancourt. The story begins in 1939 when Danielle is on a ship to England. She has left Poland with her husband Max. She is pregnant with her second child. Nick her first child is still in Poland with Sofia, Max’s mother. This is the start of the action. The ship is attacked by a U-boat. She survives and so does Max.

She is consumed with looking for her son, but she must go on with her life. Max is trying to find her son and is working as an informant for England. He is killed by his cousin Heinrich who is in the S.S.. She finds herself falling in love with Jon who was a friend of her husband’s. She believes he is in love with someone else. Her father dies at the hands of her brother, Jean-Claude. Jean-Claude plants a bomb in the car of his dad’s associate and by chance his father, his own wife and the associate die. Jean Claude then commits suicide.

Danielle takes her mother, her niece and baby to America to live. Here she finds that life is hard. She struggles to make ends meet. She finds success making and selling perfumes and fashions. She later marries a man for money, only to find out that he is in debt. It is a tale of action, sorrow, love, loss and finally triumph. Danielle is one tough lady and overcomes many obstacles in her life.

This was a great find!!! I really got caught up in this one. It is action packed and fast moving. Enticing to readers who enjoy romances, World War II stories, perfume creation and family dramas. Well written with vivid descriptions that were not wordy. A beautiful story with a happy ending. I finished it in 2 days!! I give it 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  Pattymclpn | Jul 21, 2013 |
The story follows the life of Danielle from poverty and the loss of a child through to following her dreams and building a new life built upon a background of the atrocities of World War II. It is a story of love, loss, and finding the strength to pursue your dreams in face of overwhelming obstacles. A must read. Have your tissues ready. ( )
  KerryMarsh | Apr 22, 2013 |
This was an excellent historical fiction novel. Danielle is a French perfumer whose life is turned upside down after the death of her husband and the disappearance of her young son behind enemy lines.
Danielle eventually is forced to leave Europe behind and she travels to America with her mother, daughter and niece after another heartbreaking tragedy.
This was my favorite part of the story. Danielle, who is actually in love with her husband's good friend, who stayed behind in England, must use her wits to help her family thrive in their new world. She eventually makes a name for herself thru her perfumes and clothing designs. Danielle is also courted by Cameron Murphy, a very charismatic Hollywood star who also comes with his own set of problems.
I loved this book for its suspense, that it takes place during WWII and then also includes the early Hollywood lifestyle. Great book and highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley.com. ( )
  melaniehope | Apr 10, 2013 |
Danielle Bretancourt and her husband Max are traveling in 1939. They left their son behind with their grandmother, who was to meet them in Paris. When war is declared, Danielle and Max are unable to reunite with their son. Instead, Max is sent on a mission by the government, where he is killed. After giving birth to a second child, Danielle travels through occupied Poland, hoping to uncover information about her son. After retuning empty-handed, Danielle takes her daughter and niece to America, where they struggle to build a new life.

I was a bit disappointed with this book. The author was extremely repetitive at times, almost as if it was several different books put together and she felt the need to re-explain things that happened earlier. I also wanted more details about her son, the author seemed to just wrap up the book without giving me the information I wanted. Overall, not something I would re-read or recommend. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Apr 1, 2013 |
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"SCENT OF TRIUMPH offers action, suspense and romance as it follows its intrepid heroine through the turbulent years of World War II, from the depths of tragedy to the heights of success. Fragrance lovers will enjoy the skillful way in which scent is woven into the story...and how the heroine's experiences are filtered through her highly refined sense of smell."
added by janmoran | editNancy Arnott, A&E Television Networks
 
"Jan Moran is the new queen of the epic romance."
added by janmoran | editUSA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca Forster, Author of Expert Witness
 
"An epic love story with a bold and passionate heroine. Bravo!"
added by janmoran | editRachelle Ayala Blog, Rachelle Ayala
 
"Filled with love, loss, struggle, triumph. Moran writes in such a way that you will feel as if you were transported back to the era. Her characters are well developed. Very unique, an enjoyable read."
added by janmoran | editRebecca's Reads Review
 
"Though romance figures importantly in [SCENT OF TRIUMPH], Danielle's professional life is most appealing, profiting from perfume expert Moran's (Fabulous Fragrances, 1994, etc.) authentic experience...The casual demeanor with which Danielle always notices scents in her environment helps establish her character and professional credibility in a charming way...Danielle makes for a strong, unusual heroine who doesn't always make wise decisions, although her resilience, style and knowledge remain admirable.... [A] historical fiction carried by a complex, resourceful heroine with a nose for business." 
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Scent of Triumph is the story of Danielle Bretancourt, a talented young French perfumer with a flair for fashion and a natural olfactory gift. In the language of perfumery, she is a Nose, with the rare ability to recognize thousands of essences by memory. The story opens on the day England declares war on Germany, and Danielle and her family are caught in the midst of a raging disaster sweeping across Europe.

Her life takes a tragic turn when Nazis murder her husband and their only son is stranded behind enemy lines. She spies for the French resistance, determined to find him, but is forced to flee Europe with fragments of her family. Destitute, she mines her talents to create a magnificent perfume that captures the hearts of Hollywood's top stars, then gambles again to win wealth and success as a couturier. Her intelligence and flair attracts the adoration of Jonathan Newell-Grey, of England's top shipping conglomerate, and Cameron Murphy, Hollywood's most charismatic star.

Danielle charts her course through devastating wartime losses and revenge; lustful lovers and loveless marriages; and valiant struggles to reunite her family. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, here is one woman's story of courage, spirit, and resilience.

From the Author: "Scent of Triumph was inspired by my love of perfume and its creative process. It was based in part on research I did in creating Scentsa, the touch screen fragrance finder now in all Sephora stores, and in creating my own perfumes. But I also drew upon my own family history and my mother's memories of World War II. I imagined a young entrepreneur whose talent, determination, and fearlessness catapult her to the pinnacle of success, despite mounting personal tragedies and the elusiveness of love."

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