Wednesday, December 29, 2010 Posted by Dina N
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?
The Scent of Jasmine is my first Jude Deveraux book. It was rather surprising that I had not read any of her 39 New York Times bestsellers. I am now a fan because her latest book is a delightful and entertaining read. The Scent of Jasmine has a smart heroine that is ahead of her time, a dashing hero with dark past, a murder mystery, and an adventure deep into Florida's wilderness of 200 years ago. There is danger, bravery, romance, family devotion, and more. I enjoyed the characters of Cay and Alex, as well as those of Cay's brothers. This romantic tale from the Edilean series has placed Jude Deveraux on my to-read list.
Disclaimer / Disclosure: Book description and cover art courtesy of the publisher. I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post.