Scent of Triumph Book Review

Scent of Triumph

Jan Moran

ISBN-13: 978-0963906533

Historical Fiction

May 2012

403 Pages

About the Book:

Scent of Triumph Book Review
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:

Everything about this book is beautiful.  The people are beautiful, the scenery is beautiful, even the tragic scenes in Scent of Triumph are achingly beautiful.  But most beautiful of all, are the descriptions of the scents and smells that Danielle experiences every day, as well as the description of her perfumes:

She inhaled again, going farther, detecting the bouquet of jasmine and rose, rich and silky, entwined with a spicy note of carnation, adding verve and vitality, robust brilliance.

Can’t you just smell it? The words themselves are intoxicating.

I had to stop wearing perfume about ten years ago, due to my asthma, and I can’t even walk through the candle aisle of Bed, Bath and Beyond without holding my breath, but through Jan Moran’s narrative, I can feel like I am right there in the perfumery, smelling the wonderful scents and trying all the exquisite parfum.

Beyond the magnificent detail, the story line is compelling, weaving in the stories of intrigue, subterfuge and abandonment in World War II Europe with the raucous, craziness of post World War II Hollywood.  Arching over it all is the story of Danielle, strong and beautiful, intelligent and feminine.  Happy sigh.

I give Scent of Triumph 4 1/2 perfume bottles!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from Jitterbug PR and from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

About the Author:

Jan Moran writes smart, stylish, sensual sagas. She’s also written several books on perfume.

“My most recent book, SCENT OF TRIUMPH, was inspired by my love of perfumery and history. In writing, I drew upon my own family history and my mother’s memories of World War II, imagining a young entrepreneur whose talent, determination, and fearlessness catapult her to the pinnacle of success, despite mounting personal tragedies and the elusiveness of love.

“I write about strong, capable, female entrepreneurs. I’m a world traveler, so I also enjoy writing about different destinations.”

Jan Moran is the author of SCENT OF TRIUMPH, a historical novel, and FABULOUS FRAGRANCES I and II, which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list. She is at work on more series in fiction and nonfiction.

As a fragrance and beauty expert, she has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN and Extra, Women’s Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, and O Magazine. As an editor and writer, she has covered fragrance, beauty, and spa travel for a variety of publications.

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