The Scent of the Roses

The Scent of the Roses is a novel by the American writer Aleen Leslie.[1]

The Scent of the Roses
First edition
AuthorAleen Leslie
CountryUnited States
PublisherViking Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pages239 pp
Followed byThe Windfall 

The title comes from a line of a poem by Thomas Moore: "You may break, you may shatter the vase, if you will, But the scent of the roses will hang round it still."

Set in 1908 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this nostalgic novel is the recollection of a year in the life of Jane Carlyle. At age ten she enters the threshold of a large house in Squirrel Hill and meets the Weber family, owners of a department store in the adjacent booming steel town of Braddock, and soon Jane is swept up into the exciting and sometimes eccentric happenings of the Weber household. This is the debut novel of Aleen Leslie, a native Pittsburgher best known for her Hollywood screenwriting credits.[2]


  1. "Aleen Leslie, Contemporary Authors Online, Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2002". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. "The Scent of the Roses, Publishers Weekly, 1963". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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