Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The Scent of Jasmine by Jude Deveraux

Book Description:
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?

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. Catherine or Cay as her friends call her completely adores her godfather, Connor, and would do anything for him. Alex is accused of murdering his bride on their wedding night and is now a fugitive from justice. Per her godfather's request Cay takes a package to his old friend's son and it turns into the adventure of a lifetime! Alex can't believe Conner sent a woman to rescue him but now he's stuck with her and they have to get away so he can prove his innocence. But the woman Connor sent could be just what he needs...
I loved the twists this book took! Connor is so conniving and sure of himself. The author brings in Cay's three brother's wonderfully and they add so much to the plot. Deveraux's description and use of Cay's father is intriguing, men like that are so wonderfully old school and I love them. Cay herself was daring, self assured and just so likable. Alex is a gem and I am now in love with his character :)
This was a 4/5. Definitely an enjoyable read.
Thank you to Pocketbooks for the review copy of this book. I recieved this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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