Strong Women Overcoming Circumstances

Twentieth Century Women's Fiction

She had big dreams. 

But will war, tragedy, and naïveté ruin her aspirations?

America, 1941. 

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.

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                  where the odds of success are stacked against her.

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.


Couldn't put it down!

 I’d recommend this book to fans of historical fiction who enjoy reading about strong women in history.

This is one story you do not want to miss. was truly impossible not to fall in love with the characters and the story line.

I really enjoyed reading this story which you don’t want to miss.

As a single mom, I felt very invested in Margaret's journey and found myself wanting her to succeed.

This story pulled me right in from the very first page.

I couldn't put this book down, and it kept me drawn in and wanting more.

This really is a fantastic read and you feel like you’re living the story

Historical women’s fiction at its best. 

Kimberly Diede, author of Celia’s Gifts

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