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The Scent of Gardenias: A Strong Woman Overcoming Circumstances Novel Kindle Edition
She had big dreams. But will war, tragedy, and naïveté ruin her aspirations?
America, the 1940s. Margaret Rose longs to escape her family’s poverty. So against her domineering father’s wishes, the determined young woman elopes with an older man. But shortly after the US enters WWII, her grand ambitions sink when her husband’s ship is torpedoed.
Training to become a nurse to give herself a future, Margaret’s despair deepens when she discovers she’s pregnant and must quit to have the baby. And now without income to support a child, the desperate widow marries a man who takes her far from home… and into disaster.
Will Margaret rise above catastrophic misfortune and create the life she deserves?
Poignant and heartfelt, The Scent of Gardenias chronicles the struggle of a Twentieth-Century woman carving a place in a society stacked against her odds for success. Inspired by her mother’s true story, Lorraine Haas lays bare a brave and challenging journey of grit and self-discovery you won’t soon forget.
The Scent of Gardenias is a beautifully crafted women’s fiction novel. If you like raw emotional battles, family drama, and gut-wrenching dilemmas, then you’ll love Lorraine Haas’s tale of courage and tenacity.
Buy The Scent of Gardenias to unearth hope today!
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.
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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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.
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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."
- 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
- Best Sellers Rank: #438,366 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Margaret Rose is a strong-willed girl who goes against her father’s demands and marries an older man who is in the Coast Guard. Shortly after, WW II begins and she is told that her husband has perished when his ship is torpedoed. The grieving widow finds that she is pregnant and with no money coming in has to live at home.
She tries to train as a nurse, but she endures many tragedies and misfortunes. I felt so very sorry for this young woman as she struggled to keep her life and children together. It seemed that she was given more obstacles than anyone should face. Although I found the novel well-written, it was a downer to read. It left me feeling very sad.
As you walk with Margaret along her journey you have a roller coaster of emotions. Her character had so many highs and lows in life and it was interesting to see how Haas dealt with all of them. I felt she handled them realistically and true to the character. This was a true women’s fiction novel – concentrating on Margaret’s life rather than just the romance. Margaret’s story was a coming-of-age journey, and though I disagreed with many of her decisions, I could see in the moment why she chose the path that she did.
Here’s the thing, which is a great reminder to us all. We’re all searching for something. I think Margaret was searching for both love and happiness. Unfortunately, she allowed herself to get caught up in moments of “get me outta here” which led to her not listening to that still small voice in her head. This led to heartache after heartache. Ultimately, when she did have a chance at happiness, Margaret showed huge strength and courage. A time where she stopped, listened, and acted on that voice. That spoke volumes to me.
The Scent of Gardenias is full of history, emotion, and life lessons. I think women’s fiction and historical fiction fans will enjoy Margaret’s story. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
But Margaret's decisions at times are hasty and she finds herself struggling day after day. Being a wife and mother is not all that she had dreamed it would be, and by becoming this she has pretty much thrown her own dreams of becoming a nurse, right out the window as well. With each decision Margaret makes, she seems to dig herself deeper and deeper into what she swore she'd never deal with when she got out on her own. Bound and determined to make it, she does all she can to try and make ends meet and things work and in the end she realizes that family really is always there for you, and often times decisions that are made are often what seems to be the best decision at the time. Often people make a decision because they have to, not necessarily because it's what they want.
Thank you to the author for sending me the free novel, and being willing to put her family history down on paper for others to read and learn from. Thank you to HFVBT for the invite. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to more by this author.
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The Scent of Gardenias by Lorraine Haas details a poignant story of struggle, hardship, overwhelming odds, grit, and determination which was inspired by the life of the author’s mother. Ms. Haas did a great job of detailing all the historical aspects and bringing the 1940’s to life. I really felt for Margaret and everything she endured, but also admired her determination and resilience.
This story was emotional, thought-provoking, and full of strength of spirit, hard work, resilience, perseverance, challenges, heartache, difficulties, obstacles, and plenty of heart & soul. It is beautifully written and is quite a poignant and emotional read!
Recommended for anyone who loves historical women’s fiction.
Thank you, Lorraine Haas!