Thursday, July 10, 2014

Review: City of Jasmine

City of Jasmine
By Deanna Raybourn
Published: February 25, 2014

My review:

In the years since her husband's death, Evangeline Starke has become an aviatrix. While on tour she is stunned to receive a photo of her husband that was taken recently in Damascus. Evie decides to investigate and heads straight into adventure and danger.

This was a fun and romantic adventure story and I enjoyed it much more than its companion novel, A Spear of Summer Grass. The novel has humor, suspense, plenty of action, exotic settings and entertaining characters. It put me in mind of Indiana Jones or Brendan Fraser's The Mummy

Evie is a headstrong girl and resourceful girl but she sometimes irritated me when she charged into danger. Evie is determined to figure out the mystery even if she doesn't always use the best judgment. Gabriel is intelligent and mysterious and there is definitely more to him than what is on the surface (which was apparent to everyone but Evie). The relationship dynamics between Evie and Gabriel reminded me of that between Lady Julia and Brisbane from the author's Lady Julia Grey series.  They have great chemistry and it is fun to watch them work together. 

City of Jasmine would be a great book to take to the beach this summer. While I still prefer the author's Lady Julia Grey mysteries, this was an enjoyable book and I wouldn't mind reading more about Evie's adventures. I think this would appeal to readers who like historical fiction, adventure movies and romance.

Note: I received an e-ARC for review purposes courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this book as well and thought it was pretty entertaining. I couldn't agree more with you regarding the fact that the book is very The Mummy and Indiana Jones….I was thinking about both movies while reading it! I will have to check out her Lady Julia series….very intrigued! Great review, Christina!


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