The Scent of Gardenias by Lorraine Haas

I love novels based on true people and events. Margaret Rose is one of many children during a time when poverty and war was hitting most households across the US in the 1940’s. Being used to her fathers drunken moods and her mother continuing to put up with him and their poor lifestyle day after day, Margaret is bound and determined to be someone. To have a life outside of worrying about money or where the next meal is coming from. She needs to get out from under her fathers thumb and won’t be forced to marry like her other sisters.

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.

The Scent of Gardenias by Lorraine Haas

Publication Date: April 19, 2022 Morewellson, Ltd. Genre: Historical Fiction/Women’s Fiction    


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.

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About the Author

Lorraine Haas is a lover of life, learning, and leisure. She’s been accused far too often of being a strong woman, and even that she was raised to be too “independent.” She loves stories of women overcoming obstacles and thus, decided to write about them. She loves men–being married to one, the mother of one, and friends with many.

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