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The Scent of Gardenias: A Strong Woman Overcoming Circumstances Novel by [Lorraine Haas]

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Couldn't put down The Scent of Gardenias. Recommend this book to readers who enjoy a strong female character living in a difficult era that is realistically portrayed.
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Against a backdrop of poverty in the 1940s, Margaret Rose dreams of a different life.  Packed with family angst, the storyline highlights the main character's tenacity and resilience against overwhelming odds.
The Scent of Gardenias provides a rich tale of historical fiction highlighting the trials of a woman who bucks the norm to blaze her own path. 
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The Scent of Gardenias is a standout work of historical fiction that offers relatable characters, moving circumstances, and insight into a critical time in America's past. This is a wonderfully engaging story that is rich in detail with colorful characters that readers will come to love or hate. The depiction of life during wartime is authentic, and readers will fully empathize with Maggie as she struggles to adjust in the days after the Pearl Harbor bombing. Characterization is one of the many strengths of this work, as each individual comes alive on the page. Filled with delightful and engaging characters, The Scent of Gardenias is a poignant page-turner. 
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Unputdownable! I couldn't put it down. I had to keep turning the pages. I had to find out what happens next. 

This is what readers are saying and I'm happy that it is resonating with so many. Though some share to have tissues at hand. Yes, it may take you on a roller-coaster of emotion but it is still full of hope. 

The Scent of Gardenias has had a hold of me for many years and now it is my privilege to share the story of one woman who prevailed against myriad setbacks. Maybe you'll see a glimpse of your life or yourself in Margaret or one of the other strong women in this book. 
Many World War II-era books focus on the war overseas or the many battles. This is a glimpse of one woman's ordinary life during that time and the war changed everything for her. 

If you'd like to keep in touch on upcoming stories of strong women overcoming circumstances, please go to and sign up for my newsletter. 

I'll close with this quote from Ginger Rogers. 
"You know there's nothing damnable about being a strong woman. The world needs strong women." 

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09WT6697X
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Morewellson, Ltd. (April 19, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 19, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3314 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 366 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110 ratings

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Lorraine Haas supposedly spoke fluent French as a child living in France but can barely say "Merci" now. She binge-watches too many shows instead of writing, thinks avocado and dark chocolate are necessities of life, and enjoys people-watching and travel. If you want to learn more about her, strong women overcoming circumstances and a bit of history, sign up at for news and updates.

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