Friday, April 19, 2013


Category: Historical Fiction
Pub. Date: 05/01/2012
Publisher: Briarcliffe Press
Format: Kindle/E-Book
Pages: 428

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 her husband and son are lost behind enemy lines. She spies for the French resistance, determined to find them, 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.

My Review:   
This was my first book by author JAN MORAN and believe me when I say, "I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!" 

SCENT OF TRIUMPH transformed and took me places in my mind that I have never actually been but could actually see it clearly. I loved the fast pace, and the deep descriptions within the pages of this book. 

I know that it was an Historical Fiction story, and sometimes history to me is not all that interesting. I was not a good History student. But author JAN MORAN has such a way of making you, or drawing you into this story of a lady who is not only torn from her family during war time but also buts her mind to work on how to live the rest of her life and pick up the pieces of her past that she took with her, and made a hopeful future

The synopsis of this book really does a great job of giving you an insight to this wonderful, an amazing life of love, torment, loss, struggles, and the main character Danielle's life.  Her talent to turn things around in her life made me stop and think if I could have done it

This is one book that I recommend to all my history, fictional, and love readers.

Another must have, and must read. 

So due to the above, and like the first two, honest if I could it would be higher, I am giving this book a Breath of Life ratings of: 


Five Clock Rating!!!  

Disclosure: I did receive the above book in exchange for my honest opinion and review. This is my own book and the opinions are my own and yours may differ. 


About the Author:  

Jan Moran is a writer and entrepreneur living in San Diego, California.  She is the author of the new Scent of Triumph, a historical novel, and Fabulous Fragrances I and II, which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list.

As a fragrance expert, she has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN, Elle, Women's Wear Daily, Allure, and O Magazine. As an editor and writer, she has covered fragrance, beauty, and spa travel. She has spoken before Fashion Group International, The Fragrance Foundation, and The American Society of Perfumers. She is the founder and creator of Scentsa, a touch-screen software program for retailers such as Sephora, and brands. Her proprietary Scentsa® Content Program is a database of beauty descriptions and articles licensed to retailers in several languages.   

Visit or connect with Jan on Twitter @janmoran. 


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