The Scent of Jasmine (Edilean Series #5)

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Would you risk your life—on the love of a lifetime?

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 ...

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Overview

Would you risk your life—on the love of a lifetime?

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?

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Colonial South Carolina and Florida provide the steamy settings for New York Times-bestseller Deveraux's latest romance. Twenty-year-old Cay Harcourt expects a brief adventure when she sets off one dark night to do her godfather T.C. a favor by delivering supplies that will aid Alex McDowell's escape from prison. Suddenly she finds herself on the run with Alex, a man wrongly convicted of murdering his wife. T.C. had arranged for Alex to join a naturalist's expedition into the wilds of Florida, and the last thing Alex wants is the distraction of a lovely, vivacious—and argumentative—woman like Cay. But with three dull suitors waiting back home, Cay welcomes the excitement and finds herself as smitten with Alex as he is with her. Deveraux (Holly) delivers the usual lover's quarrels and plot twists in an exotic historical setting where the threat of a broken heart seems as deadly as the native alligators and poisonous snakes. (Jan.)
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"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 a well-crafted romance." —Romance Times, 4 1/2 stars
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743479028
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Edilean Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 187,292
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux is the author of more than forty New York Times bestsellers, including Moonlight in the Morning, The Scent of Jasmine, Scarlet Nights, Days of Gold, Lavender Morning, Return to Summerhouse, and Secrets. To date, there are more than sixty million copies of her books in print worldwide. To learn more, visit JudeDeveraux.com.

Biography

Jude Deveraux was born in Fairdale, Kentucky, the eldest of a family of three girls and one boy. After earning a degree in art from Murray State University and studying teaching at the University of New Mexico, she taught fifth grade in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She left when her first book, The Land of Enchantment, was accepted for publication by Avon books.

Jude's first books were historical, chiefly featuring the Montgomery and Taggert families. Stories of the lives and loves of these families spanned over several centuries in the US and England. They are filled with details of the history and culture of the time periods and settings of her novels. Her more recent series of books focuses on the McTern family and its descendants. The novels are set in the fictional town of Edilean, Virginia, and go from when the family arrived in America to contemporary time.

Jude's exhaustive research on every aspect of her books has made for a rich and detailed background for each of her novels. Her stories are adventurous, funny, and at times heartwarming. Jude has had over thirty books on the New York Times Bestsellers List, over 60 million copies in print, and has been translated into 18 languages.

Jude has lived in England and Egypt as well as in several American states, and she has traveled around the world. She likes to read nonfiction and murder mysteries, work in her garden, and in boxing class, she enjoys showing much younger males that she can throw a mean right cross.

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Deveraux began her career as a fifth-grade teacher.

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  • Posted July 17, 2011

    Very Good Series, ebooks have flaws.

    First let me say I love it when Ms. Deveraux writes books in series, and the Edilean series is very good. I recently purchased a NookColor, which I love. I was excited to again start reading Ms. Deveraux's books again. But I have to say I am a bit disappointed. I've read the five books currently available in the six book "Edilean" series. I'm not sure if Barnes and Noble is responsible for my disappointments or if Ms. Deveraux is responsible, but I believe it is a combination of the two. In the first book I found a reference to a character and the name was wrong, page 177 "Joce and Luke", should be "Ingrid and Luke". Throughout each book every time the word "historical" is used, the word "an" is before it, this is grammatically wrong, and hard to read time after time. These are probably issues that should be direct to Ms. Deveraux. However, having the ebooks numbered incorrectly, whose fault is that? I just finished #5 which has a preview for #3 which clearly indicates that "Scarlet Nights" #3 is after "The Scent of Jasmine" #5. Also, on every page of the story portion of the ebook version of The Scent of Jasmine in the top left corner is "Judge deveraux" so the name of the author is wrong on every page and the author's last name is not capitalized. Who is responsible for that? Now let's talk about ebook number #4 in this series, the fault of both Barnes and Noble and Ms. Deveraux. Having read five of the six books in this series, I have to ask, what were these people thinking? First #4 is not anything more than a seventy page short story, and completely unnecessary to the series as a whole. The enhanced portion of this book, which by the way this book is only available in NookColor format, is video. I was hopeful that the videos would add to the story. They do not. To make matters worse, the videos are all of poor quality and have a very amateurish feel to them. Again I have to ask, what were these people thinking? If I was buying this series as regular paper versions, I would be extremely upset that book #4 in the series was unavailable to me. The story series is very good, and I still love my NookColor and Ms. Deveraux is still one of my all time fav romance writers (I've read probably more than 20/25 of her books), but I am disappointed in the execution of these books to electronic format. Please someone tell me where is the quality control and editors when these conversions are done?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

    Love the Author

    Not so much this book. I really wanted to love it but I just didn't feel it. The whole premise was a bit of a mess that was far fetched even for a romance novel. Distracted the whole time wondering what kind of contrived plot twist would straighten the whole thing out!

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

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    Jude D. is my favorite author. I'm a social worker and deal wit

    Jude D. is my favorite author. I'm a social worker and deal with a lot of sadness in life. With Jude D. I am guaranteed a happy ending.

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  • Posted August 14, 2012

    Love this series

    I am disappointed that not all of the books are available in audio. I drive a lot and like to listen to my favorite books while driving. Also, I have an original Nook and therefore can't read book #4.

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  • Posted August 10, 2012

    Love it, want to read it again.

    I have loved Jude Deveraux since I first found her books when I was young. Her Knight in Shining Armor and Remberance are ones I read over and over again. I am never disappointed with her books and this one was no different! This book is for anyone loving a good romance and you do not have to read the Edilean books in order. This is another perfect story by Jude and I fell in love with everyone in the book. I have read almost everything by Jude Deveeraux and I plan to finish reading the rest. Once you pick up this book you will not be able to put it back down! You are going to love it!

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Very entertaining

    I enjoyed the book and just had to order more of the series. Very god read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    Nice and relaxing

    I had just finished rading A Knight In Shining Armor when i read this. Its different but in a good way. It was not something i expected. Better. Not a knight in shining armor but still a good book on stressful days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Good

    Good book

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Ready for the next one...more Edilean please.

    This one is my favorite of the series so far. I truly enjoyed this book!

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

    This series is great,can't wait to read the 6th one!!!

    This series is great,can't wait to read the 6th one!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    Recomend reading.

    I love the Edilean books. Jude Deveraux never lets you down, this series is a must.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Edilean series

    I loved it now I want to read all of the Edilean books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    Delightful

    Quizical ending!

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

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    love the whole series

    although I haven't read this #5 in the series, I am looking forward to it. I am only concerned because #4 was not offered in a book form or ebook form. Only on Nook color. Not happy about that one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2011

    Wonderful read!

    This book will pull you in and make you want to read the whole series. If you like historical romances, romances in present day, and or mysteries you will love this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2011

    Not the best ....but not the worst

    I thought it was a cute read. It was not the best JD because it did bog down in some places, but overall I am glad I read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2011

    Worst Deveraux I ever read- couldn't even finish it!

    I have read Jude Deveraux for years, and have enjoyed all the previous books in this series, but this one just left me cold. The heroine is too stubborn to be true, the hero is too broody by half and the plot was dull. One of the few books that I didn't force myself to finish! Here's hoping the next in this series is much better. I'd hate to loose Deveraux as an author I love to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2011

    An Eloquent Eighteenth Century Tale of Adventure, Mystery and Romance

    The Scent of Jasmine written by famed historical romance novelist, Jude Deveraux is an enchanting story filled with intrigue, romance, and suspense, as it follows a spunky young woman of southern gentility, and a tortured Scot who is desperate to discover why he was framed for his wife's tragic murder. The story begins when the heroine Cay Harcourt's sense of adventure is piqued, when she visits her ill godfather in South Carolina, where he asks her to deliver a packed horse to his old friend's son. The only catch is that the son has just escaped from prison for murdering his wife. Trusting in her godfather's seemingly blind faith in the man's innocence, Cay agrees to fulfill the mission. Unfortunately, the mission does not go quite as planned. Soon, Cay finds herself being stalked by the fugitive's pursuers and ends up riding into the wilderness with the mysterious Scottish fugitive, Alex McDowell. While seeking refuge in the Florida everglades, Cay learns that Alex was framed and aids him in his search to find who framed him, and why his wife was killed. Along the way, Cay and Alex build a kind of trust that only two people fleeing danger can build, leading to their inevitable romance. The Scent of Jasmine presents many different themes to the reader, as there are countless aspects of this story. One major theme in the novel was society's inability to trust in a person's known character and to look past popular opinion and gossip. This is evident in Alex's struggle to eventually clear his name, as all of his close friends abandoned him, all believing that he in fact brutally murdered his wife. Alex soon discovers that not all friends are really worth trusting. Another prevalent theme in the novel is the idea that true love cannot be based upon instant attraction, but to time of getting to know a person and learning about who they truly are and what matters to them. This theme is discovered when Alex discovers that true compatibility does not come with "love at first sight," but with built knowledge and experience with a person, which he learned in his relationship with Cay. There were many features in this novel that intrigued my interest and some that bored me. One of my favorite aspects in the novel was the contrast in personalities between Alex and Cay, which is evident in their constant banter and teasing. They are the epitome of the relationship where both parties love each other's flaws. One aspect of the novel that bothered me was that Deveraux didn't go into specific detail of how Alex and his wife met, and the night he was framed. This bothered me because, solving the mystery of Alex's wife's murder was a major theme in the book, and it the specific details of the night he was betrayed were largely overlooked, making the background information incomplete. I believe that this book is worthy of someone else reading, because it explores many prevalent themes in today's society, while learning about customs and traditions in an older time period. Overall, I would rate this book four out of five stars, at it is quite entertaining with its complex characters and intriguing storyline, but it's details in the plot remain a tad confusing. Other works by Jude Deveraux that are recommended is the 1940s historical novel, Scarlet Nights, and the eighteenth century novel, Days of Gold, which takes place in the Highlands of Scotland.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Huge Disappointment--Dull and Boring

    Its hard to believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. I'm only writing this because of the shock it was by her. I usually love her books, but I can barely finish this one. I was sick of it 1/4 of the way through. I'm 3/4 through now and the only reason I am finishing it is because I spent $7.99 for it. Its taken me a week to get this far and I usually finish in a day. The characters are ok, there is just no magic between the mains. All they do is travel and talk a lot about people whom I don't think we'll ever meet. Only one character was interesting, the main female's godfather, and we haven't seen him since the beginning. I suspect we may see him at the end, but we sure hear about him a lot. whoopee. This was a huge disappointment, totally dull and boring. I've read $2.96 no-name author books that were more fun and interesting.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    Fast moving, adventure story that will hold you tightly 'till the end !

    Jude Deveraux is one of my favorite authors and she proved once again that she can just keep churning out the good stories. Young Cay (female), who is excited about life and ready to explore finds a little more than she bargained for in the Everglades. She completely misunderstands the man she was to help but starts to discover more & more as they go along on their flight to keep him from being strung up for the murder of his wife. The story takes some surprising & very interesting turns. It's a great read - you won't regret the time spent with these characters.

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