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City of Jasmine

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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. There are a lot of parallels between good writing and good cooking

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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

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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. I was nervous about this book because I love this time period but I

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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 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

  2. says:

    I loved the lush atmosphere and gorgeous prose of A Spear of Summer Grass but this one just didn't work for meEvie was outwardly likeable than Delilah from Spear A dashing aviatrix who exploits publicity and society's expectations while traveling the world with an eccentric aunt? One with a late husband who may have faked his own death in a shipwreck? The back cover blurb couldn't be perfectMaybe my expectations were a tad too high but Evie had no hope of meeting them There was little depth to her beyond the tragic misunderstandings of her relationship Her skills knowledge and interests seemed driven mostly by the needs of the plot For example she was portrayed as smart cool headed and good with details unless it was dramatic for her to miss something she shouldn't have Gabriel wasn't much of a charismatic lead eitherAny sparks between them were based in what we were told about their whirlwind past There's a preuel novella out there one I didn't hear about until after finishing the book that might have helped with that But I don't think it's too much to expect a standalone romantic adventure to actually stand alone The pace was inconsistent dragging us through some dull interactions while skimming past interesting bits Characters lectured each other to give exposition to the reader in awkward chunks of dialogue There were several recurring literary references that felt like piling on too much of a good thing; it would have resonated strongly if the book had been able to settle for using just one of them as a thematic touchstone The plot was hopelessly convoluted as well which wasn't helped by pointless connections to the author's other worksOne of Raybourn's biggest strengths as a writer is her flair for description and atmosphere but even that felt shortchanged in favor of sharp edged banter between characters I didn't care about The overall concept of this story was great Too bad it never really came together

  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 woman's journey to see the worldFamed aviatrix Evangeline Starke ends up finding danger intrigue and a love once thought lost Light hearted and entertaining we are taken on an action packed adventure full of bloody sword fights a high speed airplane chase a lost relic in a desert hideaway charming international characters and a romance full of witty back and forth banterAnother wonderful read by Deanna Raybourn

  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 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

  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 starsReviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine

  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 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

  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 be able to serve them up well too While it's true the best cooks can make something delicious out of very little read Courtney Milan's amuse bouche here over cooking a meal or over complicating the recipe is a sure way to ruin itAll of which is a rather laboured way of saying that I think Deanna Raybourn has made an uncharacteristic dog's dinner of some decent ingredients The starter is absolutely terrific plunging us into Evie's project to fly round the Seven Ancient Seas with some excellent secondary characters especially Aunt Dove who steals every scene she's even mentioned in 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”The most intriguing thing is Evie's back story her highly romantic but doomed marriage to Gabriel She's then lured out to Syria by a photograph suggesting her dead husband isn't uite as dead as she'd thought we get some fabulous descriptions of Damascus and then the soufflé collapsesview spoilerGabriel who is OF COURSE not dead has by all accounts including his own treated Evie very poorly We don't know why but initially partly because flashbacks paint him in an attractive light we give him the benefit of the doubt Soon we think soon we shall know why this charming chap turned into the Husband from Hell faked his own death and then left ambiguous clues for his estranged wife to follow But we have got this all wrong We do not find anything out at all except that Gabriel offers Evie casual admissions of unspecific guilt then insults her belittles her and generally treats her like very old milk What he never does is explain why he acted as he did Not once We are a little disappointed but we keep going because Deanna Raybourn To our distress we find Evie descending into the bowels of TSTL dom going out into the Syrian desert leaving her tent after dark all to follow Gabriel's charismatic trail We wouldn't mind as much if there were a plot worth following but let us see if we have got this right Gabriel on a previous expedition to the desert did we mention he has a mysterious affinity with the desert and the tribes there like we mean uncanny found a Priceless Relic split it in two for reasons unconnected to rational thinking hid the bits some wheres disguised himself as a middle aged archaeologist surrounded himself with a lot of double dealing gun toting archaeologists summoned Evie we have racked our brains to remember why arranged to steal out into the night with her to recover bits of Priceless R failed to realise he was being followed we are so sorry that uncanny affinity let him down there got caught not once but twice by the same baddie then finally we think he got shot or maybe it was Evie and all the way through anyone he relies on turns out to our surprise his to be a double dealing gun toting villain Did we mention Gabriel had been recruited as an agent for a Mysterious yet Honourable because y'know English Agency? On account of his people skills and such And Evie well our independent feisty level headed heroine is so thrilled by Gabriel's physical presence we know we would be too if the man we loved came back from the dead but couldn't be bothered finding the time to tell us what the weather had been like there that she just goes along with it all And rather sweetly towards the very very end she's rewarded by Gabriel's explanation that he behaved so badly during their marriage so she would leave him because he couldn't do his secret agent job and be married at the same time and he'd rather have his job than her but he didn't want to hurt her by telling her so Which was nice of him wasn't it? We thought so anyway And then he leaves her again But don't worry he comes back as a one eyed elderly man with a limp So HEAs all round hide spoiler

  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 Aunt Dove in tow Evie sets out for Damascus to find Gabe When she does she'll be sure to give him a piece of her mind and then properly divorce him as she meant to do so long ago In Syria she uncovers clues to her husband's whereabouts and believes he is involved in some sort of criminal activity Together they embark on an adventure across the Syrian desert involving treasure a thrilling chase and a deep and everlasting friendship with the Bedouin Evie also discovers a lot of built up resentment and anger towards Gabe that she needs to work though He's not the man she thought she married and she's not the girl she once was She plans to stand by him and help him find this treasure he seeks and THEN she'll divorce him or will she? This book is a companion to Night of a Thousand Stars The action takes place just before Poppy winds up in the Levant Even though I knew some of the story from Night of a Thousand Stars I was curious enough to read this book It's similar in plot basically another view of the same story but because it takes place earlier there's a lot of political intrigue as well which I found very interesting Also all the action takes place in the Badiyat ash Sham the great desert is a major character in the role The title of the novel is misleading The descriptions in the novel of the landscape the people and the culture are all so incredibly vivid and well drawn I got a better sense of the history and the setting from this novel than in the other The author really excels as setting the scene I liked learning all the ethnographic things that Evie liked too The romance is fun The bickering didn't annoy me so much because Evie had every reason to be angry and every reason to suspect Gabriel was what she thought he was Even his name implies he's a fallen angel There is one discreet love scene at the end but the story is PG 13 There are a few light hearted moments to keep the story from being too dark What I didn't like was the obvious spouting of anti imperialist thoughts from the mouth of a well educated British woman I can see being anti war after what she experienced as a nurse and I don't know much about the post WWI generation but I would think she would be for King and Country etc etc I also felt that the story didn't grab me and make my heart pound I suppose because I already knew the outcome Aside from that possible inaccuracy I really loved Evie She's had a tough life and has finally come into her own and discovered who she is and what she wants She still has some growing to do which makes the story fun I like how she grows and completely becomes a woman Gabe is a bit too brooding for me He's another poor little rich boy who longed for adventure He has a lot of growing up to do even in this story He's had a rough couple of years too and is mature for his age but still young and trying to figure out who he is I didn't exactly find him romantic or what he did noble but I loved him for his convictions and for doing the right thing by his friends My favorite characters are Aunt Dove the eccentric Victorian lady traveler and Hector her parrot They add some levity to the story and I admire Aunt Dove for being her own person though she's a bit scandalous I really enjoyed this novel It works as a stand alone or part of a trilogy that includes Whisper of Jasmine and Night of a Thousand Stars It is also related to Spear of Summer Grass

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