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THE SCENT OF JASMINE
Genre: Historical Romance, America
In this follow-up to Days of Gold Deveraux returns to 18th-century Edilean for a delightful adventure romance. The setting is colorful, but the charming characters steal the book, specifically Deveraux’s enchanting heroine and engaging hero. This is a tale to read for the simple joy of well-crafted romance.
Catherine Edilean Harcourt, a young artist who attracts suitors like bees to honey, isn’t ready to settle down. When her bedridden godfather asks her to make a delivery for him, she accepts. Cay arrives at the meeting place expecting to deliver a packhorse to Alexander McDowell, who has just escaped from prison after being convicted of killing his wife. What should be a simple task is complicated when Alex must run, taking Cay with him. Cay is drawn into Alex’s life and arms as they head for the Everglades, where she poses as a boy naturalist-artist and Alex tries to clear his name. Problems arise when her brothers follow them, another vies for Cay’s affections and the taint of murder hangs over Alex’s head. (POCKET, Jan., 400 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: January 2011