Book Club Discussion Questions for Scent of Triumph


For those who are active in Book Clubs, here’s one of the most popular posts from my Goodreads Blog:

Created especially for Book Club members, a list of ten questions is included in the back of Scent of Triumph. These questions are designed to facilitate book club discussions.

I’ve also prepared an Aromatrack list for the book, rather like a soundtrack. I’ll post this list of vintage perfumes in my next post–it’s a fun way to involve all the senses in a book club meeting. You’ll discover new perfumes for women and men–all legends, and still available today.

Some people say Scent of Triumph is a historical fiction book, some say it’s historical romance, some say it’s commercial-upmarket-mainstream with elements of romance and history. (Whew, that’s a mouthful!) This latter description is the most accurate; it’s not category romance, but romance readers will enjoy it.

I’ve also included my social media links below, and I would really like to hear from you and your book clubs!  Put me on speakphone, Skype me in, or if you’re in Southern California, I might even have time to pop in.

Questions for Book Clubs

1. In the beginning of the story, Danielle is constrained by societal values, but as the story progresses, she shuns convention. Why do you think her beliefs and behavior changed?

2. Women’s career roles in history underwent seismic shifts during World War II. Do you think that Danielle’s motivation for business was external, internal, or both? Why?

3. How would today’s modern communications of mobile phones, email, and satellite media have changed this story? The relationship between Danielle and Jon? The war itself?

4. Danielle experienced many scenes through her sense of smell. What are your favorite olfactory observations in this story?

5. How does Danielle’s keen sense of smell add to setting and characterization?

6. Danielle and Max make the distinction between Germany and the Nazi party. How does this conflict affect their relationship? How do politics affect other relationships in the families?

7. When Danielle is launching her perfume line at Bullock’s Wilshire in Los Angles, she realizes she feels like an American. What do you think she meant by that? Do you have any stories of immigration in your own family?

8. Do you know what year women in your country gained the right to vote? The right to own property? Can you imagine how having new access to these rights might have motivated women? Why or why not?

9. As an entrepreneur, what were Danielle’s challenges and keys to success? Do you have any entrepreneurial ambitions, or have you ever started on a venture? Do you know where might you find business advice in your community or network?

Links for Scent of Triumph Print and Kindle Books

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