Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Scent of Jasmine by Jude Deveraux
About The Book:
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?
I absolutely love Jude Deveraux's Edilean series, and found "The Scent of Jasmine," the fourth book, to be as entertaining and delightful as the first three books! I loved how fiesty and headstrong Cay Edilean Harcourt is, and how loving and protective Alex McDowell was towards her in this story. And, as usual, Jude Deveraux's magic way with words pulls the reader into the adventure and touches their hearts with the romance between the characters.
If you haven't read the first three books (Lavendar Morning, Days of Gold, and Scarlet Nights), don't worry - "The Scent of Jasmine" can stand on its own as a charming novel. But do yourself a favor and read the other books as well! You'll be glad you did!
My Thanks to the publisher for the review copy of this book!
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