Scent of Triumph: A Novel of Perfume and Passion
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I enjoyed reading of Danielle's perfume lineage, her exceptional olfactory gift, her amazing intuition. I was taken with Sofia, her strength, her courage. Her presence was short lived but powerful and affecting. Reading of Nicky and his plight was emotional. The ravages of war clearly depicted.
The narrative was too dramatic for my taste and all predictable. Multiple subplots served as a distraction, most left fra ...more
I really tried my best to finish this book. But I just couldn't find anything that I liked with it, neither the characters or the story worked for me. It was very predictable. In the end, I jumped to the end and read it to see if it would end as I thought it would. And, I was right.
One thing that bothered me while I read this book was how superficial the story felt and the lack of depth to the characters. This is a story that takes place during WW2, but even when horrible things ha ...more
I don't know where to begin with Jan Moran's Scent of Triumph. The book made an unmistakable impression, it left me speechless and I find myself at a loss in describing my experience with it.
Moran's style and tone grated my nerves from the start. The language she employs struck me as repetitive and the story is positively saturated with purple prose. I make a point of ignoring the odd hiccup in spelling and grammar, but Mor ...more
This book took me by complete surprise at how compelling it was. I was addicted from the very beginning and literally could not put it down until I finished it. I don’t know what it is about forbidden romances that just gets me but there just is!
The chemistry between Danielle and Jon was electric. I loved their love story…..tragic, genuine, and tender.
I loved Jon, he com ...more
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 quite caught up in the story, to the point that I was tearful on several occasions. And such a marvellous ending!
I felt enormously empathetic towards Danielle, the protagonist. She’s m ...more
All throughout I kept asking myself "where is this story going"? The only thread that was constant was the fact that she was missing her little boy and even that didn't seem to take center stage.
Perhaps the sillie ...more
Note: 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 review.
Author: Jan Moran
Genre: Historical Fiction (WWII)
Publisher: Briarcliffe Press
Publication Date: December 7, 2012
First Line: "Danielle Bretancourt von Hoffman braced herself against the gleaming m ...more
Heroine: Danielle Bretancourt
Hero: Jonathan Newell-Grey
Special areas of research: Perfume creation, Orphan charities, fashion, Hollywood of 1940’s
Scent of Triumph opens with fear and longing.
Traveling home via ocean liner to Europe after a business trip to the United States, Danielle and her husband Max are shocked by the news of the Nazi grab for power. Danielle worries desperately for their son Nick, who had been left behind in the care of his grandmother, and with good cause. Mor ...more
My first mistake was finishing this book. It was laughably bad, as was most of the plotting. The writing wasn't very good and it seems like the author needed to manufacture reason after reason for the main 'couple' not to get together. I mean, I get it on some levels, ...more
This historical fiction novel is set in the first days of WWII. Danielle
Bretancourt Von Hoffman is traveling from New York to England with her
husband Max. She is pregnant with their second child. Max is a German by
descent, and his family is living in Poland. Danielle is a perfumer with the
gift of perfect "scent". Her family has produced perfumes for hundreds of
years; she is trying to carry on the tradition. Max's family is known for
exquisite crystal, and has a factory in Poland. Jon Newell-Gray ...more
Once in a while, I’m lucky enough to receive a book that surprises me, that blows me out of the water and drives crazy with a love closer to addiction than mere enjoyment. This is not that book. I am indeed grateful to have received a copy through a Goodreads giveaway, but not nearly so grateful as I would have been, if the book had been a smidgen less … overdone.
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Scent of Triumph focuses mainly on the story of a French woman named Danielle Bretancourt, who finds herself in the midst of World War II and its terrifying atrocities. While on her way back to France, her cruise ship is attacked by a German U-boat, and the lives of several passengers are lost. Danielle travels with her husb ...more
By Jan Moran
Summery courtesy of Goodreads.com
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 tur ...more
This book could have been 1/3rd longer and I would have loved to savor and linger in it. The author's skill in using the five senses immerse the reader into the story. Danielle is passionate about her family and her work. I learned a lot about the perfume business and all of the details ad ...more
Writing style and plotting reminded me of M.L. Malcolm, who isn't my tastes, but has lots of rabid fans. Dialogue felt weak to me and there's so much melodrama it lost its impact after the first chapters. ...more
Danielle is a fiercely determined, clever, hard-working, resilient woman and I admired that about her but I didn't always feel an emotional connection with her. I'm not sure how to explain it, it mi ...more
“Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume”
An epic romance novel set in the early years of World War II. It is an expansive book that evolves from war torn France and Poland, across to California.
Danielle Bretancourt, a trained perfumer, is a heroine carved from the Angelina Jolie mold, she is gorgeous, resourceful, capable, creative and hugely talented. But nevertheless has her fair s ...more
The main character, Danielle Bretancourt Von Hoffman, travels via ocean liner from New York to England. When she and her husband Max make the ocean journey, she is pregnant with their second child. In the course of the journey, the Nazis threaten to sink the ship. What unfolds made me think of the end of the movie Titanic. Yet Scent of Triumph is just getting warmed up.
Danielle’s family has a lon ...more
Danielle Bretancourt von Hoffman and her husband Max were on their way back to Poland from a visit to the United States in preparation of moving to the United States. Max was German and Danielle was a French Jew; but they had happily married ...more
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Jan also writes about the secretive inner worlds of wine and perfumery in stylish sagas set against the sweeping backdrops of 20th century Paris, Tuscany, Napa, and Hollywood. Jan writes about smart, fiercely independen ...more