Author Jan Moran

on Tour

March 28-April 16

with

SCENT OF TRIUMPHScent of Triumph:
A Novel of Perfume And Passion

(historical novel)

Release date: March 31, 2015
at St. Martin?s Press
384 pages

ISBN: 9781250048905

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SYNOPSIS

Perfume is the essence of beauty, the heart of illusion, the soul of desire. It is my past, my present, my future. ?from the journal of Danielle Bretancourt

When French perfumer and aristocrat 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 the remains of her family, relying on the strength of Jonathan Newell-Grey, a British shipping heir and Royal Navy officer. Finally, in the wake of unspeakable tragedy, 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.

Amidst the glamour of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Danielle works her way up from meager jobs to perfumer and fashion designer. Still, personal happiness eludes her. Can her sheer force of will attract the elusive love she desires, or will it only come at the ultimate cost?

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My Thoughts

The Scent of Triumph is a triumph. I utterly enjoyed it; pulling me in right away. As you start each chapter, there is an informative epigraph that is “written” by Danielle, the main character, that brings together life and perfume. I loved reading each one; there was something magical about it with no magic involved. Although the war was a heavy influence on the plot, there was still perfume on the mind–which I loved. I tend to be drawn to books that have talk about perfume or are about perfume solely, or a majorly. This book was no exception.

Danielle was my favorite character in the book. I though she was well-written. I liked her immediately and felt connected to her in no time at all. I could sense what she was feeling without the author having to go too much into detail. I like when that happens. It doesn’t happen often or as well as it did here. As for the other characters, I liked them as well. I was torn between liking Max, Danielle’s husband, but I adored John, the shipping heir. Not immediately, but pretty quickly.

The plot was well written. The juxtaposition  between the war and Danielle’s Hollywood life was different. What I loved the most, as is the norm I suppose in good books, is the end. Who doesn’t like a good ending? I would highly recommend this book. There were so many good elements in here. Jan Moran definitely did her research and did it well. I was impressed; and it seems like it’s hard to impress me these days. I hope you check this one out.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Scent of Triumph - Jan MoranJAN MORAN is the author of Fabulous Fragrances I and II,
which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list,
and other contemporary novels,
including Flawless, Beauty Mark, and Runway.
A fragrance and beauty industry expert,
she has been featured on CNN, Instyle, and O Magazine,
and has spoken before prestigious organizations,
including The American Society of Perfumers.
She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School
and attended the University of California at Los Angeles Extension Writers? Program.

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Global giveaway open internationally:
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Scent of Triumph Vintage Perfumes

BONUS OFFERED BY THE AUTHOR
independently from this book tour
With every purchase of Scent of Triumph,
she is offering a free ebook of Vintage Perfumes,
a nonfiction guide to the finest classic perfumes, for epub and mobi.
Just email her some proof of your purchase
(receipt, email receipt, photo of yourself with the book or ebook on your reader, etc.),
and she will send you the free ebook of Vintage Perfumes.
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