I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 31st 2015
Genres: 20th Century, Fiction, Historical, Romance
Source: St. Martin's Press
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When French perfumer Danielle Bretancourt steps aboard a luxury ocean liner, leaving her son behind in Poland with his grandmother, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. The year is 1939, and the declaration of war on the European continent soon threatens her beloved family, scattered across many countries. Traveling through London and Paris into occupied Poland, Danielle searches desperately for her the remains of her family, relying on the strength and support of Jonathan Newell-Grey, a young captain. Finally, she is forced to gather the fragments of her impoverished family and flee to America. There she vows to begin life anew, in 1940s Los Angeles.There, through determination and talent, she rises high from meager jobs in her quest for success as a perfumer and fashion designer to Hollywood elite. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, Scent of Triumph by commanding newcomer Jan Moran is one woman's story of courage, spirit, and resilience.
Ever since I was a 4th grade student, World War II has always fascinated me. I don’t know if it was because of the injustice or if it was because my great grandparents met due to World War II or if it was something else entirely. Moran brings the reader a story about Daniell Bretancourt and her journey during the World War II era.
The hard thing with this book is I feel like nothing connected very well. It was almost like the reader was given two completely separate stories. Danielle is given a hard life at times. She is able to be a resilient woman and carry on with her life even though it is less than ideal. I feel like the characters in “Scent of Triumph” were pretty underdeveloped. I had a hard time getting to know the characters and relating to them.
I really feel like this story had a lot of unfinished story lines that should have been completed and wrapped up by the end of the book and they just weren’t. Danielle was parted from her son in the beginning of the book and it never felt like Danielle was really phased by that. You would think that the character would have felt a huge loss from being parted from her son at such a young age. I had a hard time really getting into the story because I felt like ultimately there were way too many gaps in the storyline.