Review: Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran

I love war time romances…like with a passion! It has been a long time since I’ve read a book in one sitting… a LONG TIME.

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!

I was immediately struck by the raw attraction between Danielle and Jon. Danielle and her husband Max are on their way back to Poland to be united with their son and family.

Their are on board a passenger ship crewed by Jonathan Newell-Grey, on the eve of WWII when a German U-boat fires on them….sinking the ship.

While all parties are safe, it becomes clear that their lives will never be the same. Danielle is pregnant and worrying about her son that they have left in Poland, Max knows he must find their son but he is also approached by the English government to act as a spy. Jon enlists in the war, but never stops thinking about Danielle.

Jon was captivated by Danielle the moment he met her and even though she was married and pregnant, in his heart he knew they were meant to be together.

Danielle loves her husband, but there is something about Jon that she can’t stop thinking about. Something about him is drawing her in to him. But she is worried about her son as the German army invades Poland, she fears she will never see him again.

When the war claims her husband, Danielle is forced to flee to America where she hopes to continue her search for her missing son. While in America, Danielle reinvents herself and rises from nothing to become on of Hollywood’s most sought after designers, but her life feels oddly incomplete. Will she ever find her son? Will true love really conquer all or will the war leave behind wounds too great to heal?

This book was absolutely wonderful. As I said before, the chemistry between Danielle and Jon was electric. I loved their love story…..tragic, genuine, and tender.

I loved Jon, he completely stole my heart. Who could not love Danielle? She fought against the worst odds and did whatever she had to do to keep her family safe. I loved those enduring qualities about her.

The story seemed epic in nature but I didn’t feel like I was reading an epic if that makes sense. The writing style was straight forward and the story moved, it didn’t have any spots that lagged or that I felt like weren’t relevant. Every thing that was happening moved the story forward. It was an ‘epic’ love affair but it wasn’t an epic length book which was nice.

The only thing that I wanted more of was the story about Nicky (Danielle’s son). There were only bits and pieces and I felt like the true focus of the story was the romance and how Danielle sacrificed, not so much about finding her son.

I think the story could actually have been told without that element and been just as good. For me it didn’t add that much more drama etc to the story, there was plenty of drama with the romance angle. Overall it just seemed like an underdeveloped story line…..the heart of the novel was the romance.

This book totally reminded me of a cross between the movies Pearl Harbor and Coco Before Chanel. It was this great war time romance about a women stuck between two men who also designs the most amazing clothes and perfume ever. WIN WIN WIN!

I absolutely loved this one, it was truly a wonderful read!

Please check out other stops on the tour for author interviews, giveaways, and guest posts as well as a number of other reviews! The schedule is listed below! There is also a tour wide giveaway happening! For details please see the end of this post!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: Scent of Triumph by Jan Moran

  • Kindle Edition, 384 pages
    Published March 31st 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published May 1st 2012)
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher as part of the HFVBT book tour in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 5 out of 5

Genre: Historic fiction, romance, war romance

Memorable lines/quotes: 

Charismatic, magnetic, intoxicating-such is the enigmatic perfume of success. What is this fine elixir? Confidence.

Perfume, like a lover, can never be fully possessed. Desire-abated for a few hours of pleasure-returns evermore.

Scent of Triumph Blog Tour Schedule

Wednesday, April 1
Interview & Excerpt at Passages to the Past

Thursday, April 2
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Spotlight & Excerpt at Genre Queen

Friday, April 3
Review & Excerpt at With Her Nose Stuck in a Book
Interview at Let Them Read Books

Monday, April 6
Guest Post at The Maiden’s Court

Tuesday, April 7
Review at Flashlight Commentary
Spotlight at CelticLady’s Reviews

Wednesday, April 8
Excerpt at The Never-Ending Book

Thursday, April 9
Review at The Eclectic Reader

Tuesday, April 14
Interview at A Literary Vacation

Thursday, April 16
Guest Post at Book Nerd

Friday, April 17
Review at The Lit Bitch
Guest Post at Mina’s Bookshelf
Interview at Reading Lark

Special Offer from Jan Moran!

Jan Moran is running a special incentive on her website for a free digital ebook of her new non-fiction book, Vintage Perfumes, to everyone who purchases Scent of Triumph from March 31 to April 30! All you have to do is email your receipt to Jan Moran at, along with a photo of yourself with the Scent of Triumph book, eBook, or your tablet.

Vintage Perfumes Cover


To enter to win a signed copy of Scent of Triumph, please complete the giveaway form below.


Giveaway starts on April 1st at 12:01am EST and ends at 11:59pm EST on April 17th.
Giveaway is open to residents in the US only and you must be 18 or older to enter.
Winners will be chosen via GLEAM on April 18th and notified via email.
Winners have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.
Please email Amy @ with any questions.

Scent of Triumph

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