Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Review - The Scent of Jasmine by Jude Deveraux

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

The Scent of Jasmine

TITLE:    The Scent of Jasmine
AUTHOR/EDITOR:   Jude Deveraux
INFO:    Paperback, Fiction, 412 pages
PUBLISHED:   Pocket Books, 2011
ISBN#:   978-0-7434-7902-8
HOW'D I GET IT:   Received from Pocket for Review

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?

MY TAKE:    A thoroughly enjoyable read.  Jude Deveraux has another best-seller on her hands.  This fourth installment in the Edilean Series is definitely a gem.

The characters are the shining stars of this fast-paced romp set in 1799 Charleston.  The setting and plot are well done, but the driving force is unarguably the people.  We meet the spirited Catherine aka Cay who is not quite ready to settle on just any man.  She wants it all - love, fun and adventure.  Alex is just the man to provide the adventure part, but can he come through on the love?  And keep Cay in check as well as safe?

The author is a long-time master/mistress of blending love and intrigue and this novel is no exception.  We are taken along on the ride with these two engaging fugitives as they try to prove Alex's innocence while staying alive. 

This book is definitely a stand-alone story, but is also an integral part of the Edilean Series.  The next installment "Scarlet Nights" will also be out soon.
MY RATING:    4/5

WHERE TO BUY IT:    Amazon, Powell's BooksThe Book Depository, IndieBound

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