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Set against the lush exotic European colonial outposts of the 1920s New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn delivers the captivating tale of one woman who embarks upon a journey to see the world and ends up finding intrigue danger and a love beyond all reason Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband adventurer Gabriel Starke ever again They had been a golden couple enjoying a whirlwind courtship amid the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until. How to review this without spilling all the beans Most of what you need to know going in comes from the book blurb so I ll cheat I am three reviews behind Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband adventurer Gabriel Starke ever again They had been a golden couple enjoying a whirlwind courtship amid the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania Five years later beginning to embrace life again Evie embarks upon a flight around the world collecting fame and admirers along the way In the midst of her triumphant tour she is shocked to receive a mysterious and recent photograph of Gabriel which brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt I also recommend the short preuel to whet your appetite and see how the marriage first came about Whisper Of Jasmine Added plus for those who ve read A Spear of Summer Grass a glimpse of Delilah and her beloved Johnny just prior to WWI My thoughts I loved it to bits and couldn t put it down This was a grand mix of spies adventures dirty dealings bait and switch and you never know what s going to happen next Loved the Peter Pan Wendy and the Lost Boys references Oh and romance too I thought the desert setting was very well done I do so like it when an author can make me feel like I m there in the middle of it all And the frosting on the cake Aunt Dove she was so much fun and stole every scene she was in You know I begin to see what Jane Digby was thinking in coming to live like this It s uite restful in its own way If they could only mix a good whisky and water I d be tempted to stay And Where is Aunt Dove I nodded towards the tent Inside Reading to Arthur He blinked She s reading to the parrot Yes the uran She said it s only fair since he heard Mass in Rome I do hope we ll get of these two in the next book If I read it correctly there s still another treasure to be found in the desertKindle copy obtained via library loan

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Seems Danger lurks at every turn and at stake is a priceless relic an artifact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acuire it even murder Leaving the jewelled city behind Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel's disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history Along the way Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change her destiny foreve. I loved this It s a historical adventure set in Damascus and the nearby desert during the 1920s We have an intrepid British female pilot and her scandalous old aunt a parrot a dead husband not uite dead archaeological treasure and deadly pursuit across the desert Once again Raybourn brought both the place and the time period alive She put me down right in the desert with the sights and smells and awoke my sympathies with the personal nature of the cultural conflicts after the Great War I liked it even better than A Spear of Summer Grass because it was full of action and adventure I also liked it better because there s none of the promiscuity that I disliked in that book but Evie is still a liberated willful heroine I loved both her and Gabriel and their spirited sparringA note of caution don t read the preuel novella before reading this It gives too much background information The mystery of Gabriel wasn t much of a mystery to me unfortunately I wish I knew how much I would have loved it without knowing anything about him beforehand

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His sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania Five years later beginning to embrace life again Evie embarks upon a flight around the world collecting fame and admirers along the way In the midst of her triumphant tour she is shocked to receive a mysterious and recent photograph of Gabriel which brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt With her eccentric aunt Dove in tow Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine Damascus There she discovers that nothing is as it. Find this and other reviews at have fond memories of the time I spent reading Deanna Raybourn s Silent in Grave but I confess it has been than three years since I ve had opportunity to revisit her work and while I fully intend to track down the rest of the Lady Julia series I can t say I was disappointed with her lastest standalone City of JasmineMuch of my admiration is tied to Raybourn s protagonists Eveangeline and Gabriel Starke Her spunky confidence against his stoic devotion His furtive sense of duty against her propensity to fly impetuously by the seat of her pants I really enjoyed how their personalities played off one another and the character that contrast brought to their relationship Another thing I liked about this piece is the setting The exotic beauty and hidden dangers of Damascus and the Badiyat ash Sham come to life under Raybourn s pen giving the reader a real sense of the great Syrian desert its people and its history Far from a mere backdrop Raybourn s depiction of the region is as multilayered and dynamic as the characters who inhabit itI wont stoop to rehashing the plot but I will say the story strikes the perfect balance of adventure and allure Steeped in intrigue and bursting with Raybourn s signature wit City of Jasmine is a cleverly entertaining read that brilliantly recreates the romance of the late Imperial Age amid the thundering hooves glinting swords and rolling dunes of the Middle East

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  • City of Jasmine
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  • 27 September 2017
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About the Author: Deanna Raybourn

New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Deanna Raybourn is a 6th generation native Texan She graduated with a double major in English and history from the University of Texas at San Antonio Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of one Raybourn makes her home in Virginia Her novels have been nominated for numerous awards including two RT Reviewers’ Choice awards the Agatha



10 thoughts on “City of Jasmine

  1. says:

    How to review this without spilling all the beans? Most of what you need to know going in comes from the book blurb so I'll cheat I am three reviews behind Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband adventurer Gabriel Starke ever again They had been a golden couple enjoying a whirlwind

  2. says:

    I loved the lush atmosphere and gorgeous prose of A Spear of Summer Grass but this one just didn't work for meE

  3. says:

    Good story full of adventure I think DR is good at painting the picture for you I really felt like I was there in the desert Just like when I read A Spear of Summer Grass the story was so vivid that I was right there in Africa I really liked Evie and Gabriel I kind of had a crush on Gabriel the whole time I also loved Aunt Dove she was a great character

  4. says:

    Deanna Raybourn's writing is spellbinding and her Lady Julia series is an all time favorite of mineIn City Of Jasmine she paints a wonderful picture of the lush exotic European colonial outposts of the 1920's and takes us on one wom

  5. says:

    Find this and other reviews at have fond memories of the time I spent reading Deanna Raybourn's Silent in Grave but I confess it has been than three years since I've had opportunity to revisit her work and while I fully intend to track down the rest of the Lady Julia series I can't say I was disappointed with her lastest s

  6. says:

    I was nervous about this book because I love this time period but I don't care much for estranged married couple romance However Ms Raybourn tackles both with beautiful grace This book has wonderful atmosphere and Evie and Gabriel are both very endearing characters The adventure was a much appreciated bonusOverall rating 4550 starsR

  7. says:

    255I really like Deanna Raybourn's prose but the book didn't live up to the very promising blurb

  8. says:

    I loved this It's a historical adventure set in Damascus and the nearby desert during the 1920s We have an intrepid British female pilot and her scandalous old aunt a parrot a dead husband not uite dead archaeological treasure and deadly pursuit across the desert Once again Raybourn brought both the place and t

  9. says:

    There are a lot of parallels between good writing and good cooking it helps if you have decent ingredients but you need to

  10. says:

    Five years ago Evie married the handsome charming boyish Gabriel Starke after once dance He then promptly broke her heart before dying on the Lusitania Or did he? Evie has made her own way in the world first as a war nurse and now as a famed aviatrix Just before setting out on one final trip in her beloved ancient plane The Jolly Roger she finds a mysterious photograph of Gabe in the desert she knows was taken recently With her eccentric A

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