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Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran

Scent of Triumph (original 2015; edition 2012)

by Jan Moran

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Title:Scent of Triumph
Authors:Jan Moran
Info:Briarcliffe Press (2012), Edition: 1rst, Paperback, 403 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
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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Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran (2015)



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DNF around 62%

I really tried my best to finish this book. But I just couldn't find anything that I liked with it, neither the characters or the story worked for me. It was very predictable. In the end, I jumped to the end and read it to see if it would end as I thought it would. And, I was right.

One thing that bothered me while I read this book was how superficial the story felt and the lack of depth to the characters. This is a story that takes place during WW2, but even when horrible things happens in the book does it manage to move me because the character and the story never really comes to life. It's just so lifeless. And, all this stuff about perfume and how trained Danielle was in smelling and then when she in the beginning hugged Jon and smelled how good he smelled, that made me realize how this would all end. I just don't like stories that are so predictable. I mean come on, Hm, the main character is married, but has feelings for another man and now her husband is on his way to Poland to find their son, hmmm I wonder what will happen.

Sorry, this book just didn't work for me.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Apr 14, 2017 |
Very well written, the story draws you in. The characters are interesting, the stories draw you in. As enticing as the scents Danielle creates. ( )
  bgknighton | May 31, 2016 |
Received this as a free book in exchange for a review;. I started off really trying to like the story, and realized I was not into it, found it melodramatic and hard to believe. Yes its about love, loss, WWII and more about perfume than any one could believe in one story. I found the book contrived and overly written. Just to much turns to gold with Danielle from one great platform to the next. All turns out great, happy ever after...but not well written. The information at the top of each chapter was interesting, but everything was repeated over and over again. ( )
  awolfe | Mar 1, 2016 |
What first draws you to this book is the beautiful cover but once you start reading you find out that the story is as good as the cover. The novel starts in the early days of World War II. Danielle and her husband are returning from a trip to New York. They had left their young son in the care of her mother in law in Poland. Before they can get to Europe, their boat is sunk by German U boats and the reader realizes that the war has begun. The war bring huge changes to Danielle's life and the life of her family and she struggles to try to find her son in war torn Europe. She has a nose for perfume and her family makes perfume and there are many interesting facts about perfume through out the book. I really enjoyed the book and all of the interesting facts about perfume. The only negative is that the ending of book seemed a bit abrupt but other than that I would highly recommend this book. ( )
  susan0316 | May 6, 2015 |
This is a reissue of a 2012 self-published novel that went through some rewrites and plot changes. Sadly, it still read like a self-pubbed novel to me, so I DNF'd at 50ish pages.

Writing style and plotting reminded me of M.L. Malcolm, who isn't my tastes, but has lots of rabid fans. Dialogue felt weak to me and there's so much melodrama it lost its impact after the first chapters. ( )
  unabridgedchick | Apr 8, 2015 |
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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
"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 a] World War II epic."
added by janmoran | editLos Angeles Times, Denise Hamilton
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For my mother, Jeanne Hollenbeck, who contributed her memories of life during World War II, and instilled a love of perfume and all things beautiful in me. My deep appreciation and love.
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Danielle Bretancourt von Hoffman braced herself against the mahogany-paneled stateroom wall, striving for balance as she flung open a brass porthole, seeking a moment of respite she knew would never be. A damp, kelp-scented wind—a harbinger of the storm ahead—whistled through the cabin, assaulting her nose with its raw intensity, but the sting of salty spray did little to assuage the fear she had for her little boy.
For like an artist, the true test of a perfumer lay not in the skill with which she blended her materials, but in the imagination.
All you have is within you, and that is all you will ever need.
A rose, the symbol of love, the queen of the perfumer’s palette. How then, does the perfume of war intoxicate even the most reasonable of men?
Thyme crushed beneath a boot, the bowed head of a wilted flower, the acrid smell of
smoke—this is the perfume of destruction. The sacrilegious scent of annihilation cloys the air like cheap perfume. What sort of aromas are these?
Deep within the stench of despair blooms the perfume of hope.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0963906534, Paperback)

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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