Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Book Review: 'Essence' by Jan Moran
California author Jan Moran is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, the University of Texas at Austin, the UCLA Writers Program, and is a member of The Author’s Guild, PEN, and the RWA. Her forte is historical women's fiction, contemporary women's fiction, and nonfiction books. Her books are sold around the world, having been translated into Italian, German, Russian, Portuguese, Turkish, and other languages. Jan has been featured in numerous publications and on television and radio, including CNN, Wall Street Journal, Women’s Wear Daily, Allure, InStyle, O Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Costco Connection, and has spoken before numerous groups, such as San Diego State University, Fashion Group International, The Fragrance Foundation, and The American Society of Perfumers. She is the founder and creator of Scentsa, a touch-screen software program for retailers and brands. The fragrance and skincare programs debuted at Sephora stores in the US, Canada, France, Mexico, Brazil, and Denmark. Scentsa was sold to Sephora.
Jan informs the reader that ‘The Love, California series’ – of which this is Book 4 - is a blend of women's contemporary fiction with strong female leads, close girlfriend friendships, and romantic relationships. The women in this series are stylish, creative, and smart, but like any of us, they sometimes make mistakes. I enjoy helping them overcome their challenges.’ Jan’s writing style is as stylish as her characters an themes – the book flows smoothly through the development of the plot that allows the reader to understand the modes of operation of big business versus small business (a timely topic for a novel!) and she allows us insights into her characters that make them credible – and loveable!
So four friends - Scarlett is a lawyer, Verena makes skincare products, Fianna is a designer, and Dahlia is a perfumer -and four books focusing on one in the quartet at a time. And with the name of this volume being ESSENCE, it is easy to realize the focal character of this story – Dahlia of course.
Jan offers the essence of this novel in her usual seductive manner – ‘When indie perfumer Dahlia Dubois reluctantly steps in to lead the iconic, international perfume house her grandmother founded, she soon discovers that nothing is as it seems—including the intriguing man she met in Cannes, France, who turns out to be Alain Delamare, a legendary Formula 1 race car driver. Soon, tensions rise in Monaco, where Dahlia juggles a search for her missing mother, a corporate takeover, and a volatile, passionate relationship with Alain—just days before the glamorous Monaco Grand Prix race. As long-held secrets emerge, Dahlia must find the courage to face the dangerous truth. Join Dahlia and her smart, stylish friends as they navigate the turbulences of modern life and love. Set in Beverly Hills with action flung across the globe, this engaging series features gutsy, determined best friends, who aspire to live the lives of their dreams.’
Now that each character has had her specific story we can hope that Jan will continue with this quart of fabulous ladies into other adventure – she did allow them to go to Monaco this time around….Grady Harp, April 17
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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