Scent of Triumph: A Novel of Perfume and Passion

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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.

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JAN MORAN is the author of the books including Fabulous Fragrances I and II, which earned spots on the Rizzoli Bookstore bestseller list. As a fragrance and beauty expert, she has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including 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, studying fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting.

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St. Martin's Griffin
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Published on
Mar 31, 2015
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9781466850026
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
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Tasteful Women's Fiction, Rating: PG. Also available in audiobook. VIsit JanMoran.com.

BOOK AWARDS:
Reader's Favorite Bronze Award for Historical Fiction
San Diego Book Awards Finalist
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AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

Q – What's interesting about this contemporary women's fiction/romance series? 

A – The Love, California series is a blend of women's contemporary fiction with strong female leads, close girlfriend friendships, and romantic relationships. The single women in this series are stylish, creative, and smart, but like any of us, they sometimes make mistakes. I really enjoy helping them overcome their challenges. 

Q – Why should readers choose the Love, California series? 

A – Because they're fun, vicarious stories ripped from the glamorous world of beauty, yet infused with deep friendships and romantic relationships. My award-winning books have reached the top ten bestseller list in prestigious Rizzoli Bookstore, and as high as #14 on the Amazon Top 100 List for paid books. And I'm thrilled that my historical romance, Scent of Triumph, is published by St. Martin's Press, a leading New York publisher. 

Q – And what kind of books do you like to read? 

A – I read widely across genres. I love Barbara Taylor Bradford family sagas series, Lauren Willig historical fiction books, Melissa Foster romance novel series, Elizabeth Adler epic sagas, Anita Hughes contemporary fiction novels, Danielle Steel romance best sellers and strong female leads, Michelle Gable Paris novels, and Candace Bushnell contemporary fiction bestsellers. These are the ones I love to snuggle with by the fireplace. 

Thank you for reading! And please visit me online at JanMoran.com 

eBook Categories 

- Contemporary Fiction Novel Series 
- Contemporary Fiction Bestsellers 
- Family Saga Series 
- Romance Novel Series 
- Romance Bestsellers 
- Romantic Suspense Novels 
- Strong Female Leads 
- Women's Fiction Best Sellers 
- Friendship 
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AUTHOR INTERVIEW 

Q – What's interesting about this contemporary series? 

A – The Love, California series is a blend of women's contemporary fiction and romance with strong female leads, close girlfriend friendships, and romantic relationships. The single women in the Love, California series are stylish, creative, and smart, but like any of us, they sometimes make mistakes. I really enjoy helping them overcome their challenges. 

Q – Why should readers choose the Love, California series? 

A – Because they're fun, vicarious stories ripped from the glamorous world of beauty, yet infused with deep friendships and romantic relationships. My award-winning books have reached the top ten bestseller list in prestigious Rizzoli Bookstore, and as high as #14 on the Amazon Top 100 List for paid books. And I'm thrilled that my historical romances, Scent of Triumph and The Winemakers, are published by St. Martin's Press, a leading New York publisher. 

Q – And what kind of books do you like to read? 

A – I read widely across genres. I love Barbara Taylor Bradford family sagas series, Lauren Willig historical fiction books, Melissa Foster romance novel series, Elizabeth Adler epic sagas, Anita Hughes contemporary fiction novels, Danielle Steel strong female leads, Michelle Gable Paris novels, Marie Force romance best sellers, and Candace Bushnell contemporary fiction bestsellers. These are the ones I love to snuggle with by the fireplace. 

Thank you for reading! And please visit me online at JanMoran.com 

eBook Categories 

- Contemporary Fiction Novel Series 
- Family Saga Series 
- Romance Novel Series 
- Romantic Suspense Novels 
- Strong Female Leads 
- Women's Fiction 
- Friendship 
- Single Women
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