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The Scent of Gardenias

Lorraine Haas

Genre: Historical fiction

She had big dreams. But will war, tragedy, and naïveté ruin her aspirations? Poignant and heartfelt, The Scent of Gardenias chronicles the struggle of a Twentieth-Century woman carving her place in society. If you like raw emotional battles, family drama, and gut-wrenching dilemmas, then you’ll love Lorraine Haas’s tale of courage and tenacity.

When Margaret’s new marriage is ripped apart by a WWII tragedy, will she ever reclaim her happiness? This novel grabs you with its rich details and a poignant yet hopeful story of an ambitious young woman, forced to navigate the tragedies of war. With vivid, detailed descriptions, and real-life issues resonating even today, you’ll come alongside Margaret on an emotional journey into becoming a strong woman.


“Recommend to readers who enjoy a strong female character living in a difficult era.” (Readers Favorites Five Star Review)

“Historical women’s fiction at its best. I read deep into the night, cheering Margaret on for her tenacity and crying over her heartbreak.” (Kimberly Diede, author of Celia’s Gifts)

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