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The Scent of Jasmine (Edilean Series #5)

The Scent of Jasmine (Edilean Series #5)

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by Jude Deveraux

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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


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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

Pocket Books
Publication date:
Edilean Series , #5
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 20, 1947
Place of Birth:
Fairdale, Kentucky

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The Scent of Jasmine 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
MzLittleBird More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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LadyScarlet More than 1 year ago
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!
LisaRap More than 1 year ago
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.
CDC1 More than 1 year ago
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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Beth75bd More than 1 year ago
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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OpaHE More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book and just had to order more of the series. Very god read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is my favorite of the series so far. I truly enjoyed this book!
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booboo4584 More than 1 year ago
This series is great,can't wait to read the 6th one!!!
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I love the Edilean books. Jude Deveraux never lets you down, this series is a must.
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auntie14 More than 1 year ago
I loved it now I want to read all of the Edilean books.
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