Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Scent of Triumph

by Jan Moran

I picked this book up after quitting early on another book.  I've had such good luck with the other books I've read this year and was sad to pick up one that didn't hold my interest.

Scent of Triumph had me in its grips on page two.  The writing and the intense scene captured my attention immediately.

It's 1939 and the Nazi's had just invaded Poland.  Danielle and Max secure passage to England as soon as they get word while in New York on business.  Instead of bringing their son with them to the states, they left him in the care of Max's mother who lived in Poland.

You can probably guess that the son and his grandmother are captured and sent to a work camp.  Danielle searches for them but eventually has to flee to America for her safety and that of several family members.

In America, Danielle must rely on her determination, strong will, and natural abilities to forge a life for her and   those dependent on her.  Life isn't easy, but she is beautiful and has a 'nose' for scents.  Trained in, and with her knowledge of perfumery she starts a successful business.

I really liked the parts of the story that took place in Europe.  The parts in America were good, but I wanted to read more about what was happening to those family members that were impacted by the war and still living in Europe.  The author had a direction she wanted Danielle to take, but I want to read the alternative version where Danielle stays in Europe.  I don't know that it would be better, just different.

This was a good read, one that I think most of women would enjoy.  I suppose this book would be classified as general fiction - drama, maybe?

I received a ecopy of Scent of Triumph from NetGalley and Briarcliffe Press in exchange for an honest review.  


Unknown said...

So glad you enjoyed my novel, Scent of Triumph! Always enjoy receiving feedback from readers. I'm working on another novel, so if you'd like to receive news of new books, sign up for the ever-so-often newsletter and/or my blog at
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-Jan Moran

Zibilee said...

I like the sound of this one, and perfume and the noses that create them have always fascinated me. I am also intrigued by the story that happens miles away. I think this would be a great read for me, so I will be looking for it. Excellent review today!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

This is a new to me book and it sounds terrific. WW2 stories when families were separated are tragic, but fascinating. I'm adding this one to my review list!