THE SCENT OF JASMINE

JUDE DEVERAUX

  • Pub. Date: December 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
  • ISBN-13: 9780743479028
  • ISBN: 0743479025

From the Publisher

Would you risk your life—on the love of a lifetime?

Charleston, 1799: A daughter of Southern gentility and a gifted painter, Catherine Edilean Harcourt has no lack of suitors at home in Virginia, waiting to fulfill her dream of marriage and family. But Cay’s adventurous spirit, fostered by growing up with her three brothers, is piqued while visiting her godfather in South Carolina. Bedridden with a broken leg, he asks Cay to fill in for him on an urgent task: on her way to a fancy dress ball, she must deliver a packed horse to an old friend’s son—who also happens to be an escaped convict charged with murdering his wife! Cay agrees to the plan, which doesn’t go at all as planned . . . whereupon she finds herself fleeing Alexander McDowell’s captors, riding blind into the night with the fugitive Scotsman. Though she should fear him, Cay finds herself overwhelmingly attracted to Alex, and drawn into his tale of misguided justice and his innocence as they seek refuge in the steamy Florida everglades. Will trusting him be the worst mistake of her life? Or will falling in love be the salvation both of them have been looking for?

SOURCE: THIS BOOK WAS RECEIVED FOR THE PURPOSE OF REVIEW FROM POCKET GALLY BOOKS AND DOES NOT EFFECT THIS REVIEW!

MY THOUGHTS:

THE SCENT OF JASMINE by Jude Deveraux is a historical romance set in 1799 Charleston, South Carolina and the Florida Everglades. It is well written with depth and details.It is the fourth in “The Edilean Series”.Book One “Lavender Morning”,Book two “Days of Gold”,Book three ” Scarlet Nights”,and can be read as a stand alone,although each book gives a little history into Edilean.It has mystery,betrayal,deceit,romance,heart pounding adventure, love,friendship,banter,humor,sweet sensuality,trust, and learning to know each other during times of extreme hardship. The plot flows easily and the characters are interesting,and entertaining.The hero,Alex, is Scottish, handsome,accused of the murder of his wife,escapes prison, determined to learn the truth of his wife’s death,strong and devastated by his wife’s death,although they where only married for a few hours. She was killed on their wedding night,while he slept. The heroine, Cay, is beautiful, witty, strong, has a adventurous spirit,agrees to deliver a package to the escaped convict. But things go wrong, and she and Alex  is caught up in a quest for survival. Cay finds herself being attracted to Alex,although she believes him to be “old and ugly”,he smells of prison stench and filth. Alex, while trying to keep away from Cay soon finds himself attracted to her also. As they track through the countryside of South Carolina and the Florida Everglades trying to avoid being capture. Alex is determined to find the truth about who killed his wife,why and prove his innocence. He enlists the help of his childhood friend, Cay’s brother.Together Alex and Cay learn to trust each other and begin to fall in love. This is a fast paced, action paced,heart pounding adventure story of the journey from friend to lover,proving ones innocence,worth, and finding true love through difficult times.I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy fast paced,adventure and love. This book was received for the purpose of review from Pocket Galley Books and details can be found at Pocket Books,a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.
RATING: 4.5
REVIEWED BY: April Renn 

 

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