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Scent of Triumph Doc ↠ 384 pages Download Õ Reflectionslisburnltd × 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 t1940s Los AngelesThere through determination and talent she rises high from meager jobs in her uest 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 resilienc This book review as well as many can also be found on my blog The Baking Bookworm thebakingbookwormblogspotcaNote My sincere thanks to Briarcliffe Press and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary e book copy of this book in exchange for my honest reviewAuthor Jan MoranType e bookGenre Historical Fiction WWIISource NetGalleyPublisher Briarcliffe PressPublication Date December 7 2012First Line Danielle Bretancourt von Hoffman braced herself against the gleaming mahogany paneled stateroom wall striving for balance as she flung open a brass portholeMy Thoughts This book felt like it was two very different books rolled into one The first third of the book was a historical fiction read based in the tumultuous WWII It was a very 'edge of your seat' and emotional read and I really enjoyed it Somewhere around the time that Danielle moves to the USA the feel of the book its pace and intensity change dramatically It went from gripping historical fiction to of a romance saga a la Sidney Sheldon There's nothing wrong with that but the sudden change in pace and feel of the book surprised me Unfortunately the last two thirds of the book felt much predictable and the characters were clichéd I think that allowing the reader to get to know the characters inner feelings and thoughts would have helped make them dynamic and real to meThat said I did enjoy Danielle as the main character She is a resilient woman who gets all sorts of life's horrors thrown at her and yet she keeps struggling to make something of herself in order to support her family What took away from her successes is that a lot of it hinged on uite a lot of good luck on her part I always had the feeling that something would pop up to help her on her way which didn't help with the predictability issueThere were also the 'near misses' that Danielle and the man she truly loves have due to a simple omission of information or a misunderstanding This happened a few times and ended up for me feeling a little hokey and just made me feel frustrated with their relationship Overall the last two thirds of the book suffered from this predictability and the pace suffered as wellPersonally I would have loved to have of the book focus on the WWII action It was intense and emotional and griped me from the beginning One of the characters who helped make it so 'edge of your seat' is the villainous Heinrich Unfortunately he had a very minor role in the book and I was than a little shocked that he wasn't used to stir things up later onThere is another character in the book whom I wanted to learn about but sadly it didn't happen until the very end of the book Danielle loses contact with this person due to WWII Throughout the book her loss is felt but when she finally gets closure with this missing person it's done in such a rushed and uick manner that I felt a little jilted I wanted to know exactly what hisher story was and what they went through in the past several years This is a book about triumphing over life's obstacles It's about holding onto hope and being successful despite what life throws at you It centres around the science techniues and skill involved in the development and design of perfume which I found really interesting Unfortunately the predictable plot and the switch from griping historical fiction to of a slow romantic saga effected the pace and energy that was in the beginning of the bookMy Rating 35 stars

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Raveling 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 One word to describe the book divine Such a pleasurable few days I spent lost in this fictional world The plot is deeply moving and feels very realistically – hauntingly so when it comes to events related to loss and the war There’s good pace and plenty of suspense to keep you wanting to turn the pages I was uite caught up in the story to the point that I was tearful on several occasions And such a marvellous endingI felt enormously empathetic towards Danielle the protagonist She’s mature courageous hard working sensible and fiercely independent – all ualities that make her easy to like This is not a heroine bowed down by adversity but one who turns it to her advantage I was especially drawn to her relationships with people – as a mother and daughter and as a wife There’s a compelling realism in these relationships that stands out in the writing When a main character is so human – full of unrealised passions doing her best with her lot while yearning for – it is a recipe for a book that really touches the core of the reader I adored the themes of fashion and scent that are explored in the book and the glimpses of life in the upper classes and Hollywood elite There is such a sense of wartime and post war Europe and America and I felt transported back in time as I read I could imagine the scenes and the people with amazing clarityFor me the best part of the book is the sublime description which very deliberately appeals to the sense of smell as in the following Danielle gazed out of the window She shook her hair in the cool breeze and inhaled the scents of lavender and rose and jasmine sweet in the lucent air To her these were the aromas of creativity of freedom where she’d always been happiest In my own writing I always describe in such a way that the reader can see and hear and taste and feel and smell the details of a setting and I felt a real affinity to Jan’s way of writing Indeed by the end of the book I would swear I could smell Danielle’s famous creation the perfume Chimère The author has such a wealth of understanding of beauty and scent which comes across in the book and I found myself visiting her website when I finished reading keen to learn about her I was delighted to find that she has a book out called Fabulous Fragrances that explores the stories behind 350 prestige perfumes – fascinatingIn sum I count myself a Jan Moran fan now and I eagerly anticipate her next novel which I’ve no doubt will be ‘scentsational’

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Scent of TriumphWhen 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 T Hope everyone enjoys reading Scent of Triumph as much as I enjoyed writing it Would love to hear from everyone let me know what you think