Wednesday, May 21, 2014
City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn
3.0 out of 5 stars - Thoroughly predictable romantic historical fiction featuring an adventurous, plucky female and the intrepid, very masculine, love interest.
This entertaining novel is about famed aviatrix, Evangeline Starke, who is flying her plane on a sponsored trip to the seven ancient seas with her eccentric Aunt Dove when she is contacted in a message from what seems to be her late drowned husband, Gabriel.
Misunderstandings, adventure, danger, double-cross, hidden treasure, and several treks in the vast desert outside of Damascus make this a fast and enjoyable read. The romance between Evie and Gabriel was quite lame, but I usually ignore that in most historical fiction as I am reading this book set in 1920s Damascus (Syria)for the details of that particular place and time. Deanna Raybourn writes so well that the reader can almost imagine herself there -- smelling, seeing, tasting, feeling and hearing all the sights and sounds of the marketplace, the baths, the dessert, or the inside of a Bedouin tent.
Recommended for the history lessons! I also read Raybourn's [[ASIN:0778314391 A Spear of Summer Grass]] and enjoyed that setting in Kenya. The author's facts seem authentic and provide a very important background for the stories she tells.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for the e-book ARC to review.