Afternoon Delight: Whisper of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn

Afternoon Delight: Whisper of Jasmine by Deanna RaybournWhisper of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn

Series: #.5 City of Jasmine
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Harlequin, MIRA on February 1, 2014
Pages: 53
Format: eBook
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Short this story may be, but it was as delicious and potent as the punch served during Delilah Drummond’s New Year’s party at which the hero and heroine fall in love.

Actually, this piece was the prequel that introduces a now greatly anticipated novel.  Unlike some, this is not just merely a teaser.  It had a good strong plot, developed characters and finished feel while exciting the interest in what is to come.  And while this is a prequel to City of Jasmine, it is also directly connected and loosely functions as a prequel to A Spear of Summer Grass which is Delilah’s story which I highly recommend too.

The story opens with Delilah Drummond discovering her husband Johnny has signed up to fight in the war over in France.  She is fearful for him, but doesn’t want to send him off with her tears so she is determined to throw him a New Year’s Eve Party.  At this party, she hopes to play matchmaker to a few of her friends so she sends them an invitation.

Evie has been hustled as the poor orphaned relation between several members of the family and finally ends up in a cheap flat with a cranky roommate and little in the way of future prospect.  Getting Delilah’s invitation seems like an opportunity that for just one night to be someone fun and do something exciting.  So off to eccentric Aunt Dove she goes for her makeover and in the process some surprising life advice.

Gabriel Starke, a confirmed bachelor and famous mountaineer, is surprised to get Delilah’s invitation, but it is the insistence of his acquaintance Quentin that he might have found him a sponsor who will attend the part that has him attending.

Delilah may have planned to set up Evie with Quentin and the statuesque Norse model with Gabriel, but fate took a hand and it was Evie who accompanied Gabriel to the rooftop to dance under the stars and fall in love.

Quentin along with the quiet unassuming Tarquin see it all and feel their prospective trainee for something secretive, Gabriel Starke, has disappointed them by his gutsy move, but Tarq later decides to give Gabriel one more chance to choose between Evie and England.

I loved this story and it has done the job of making me eager to read the book it leads into.  I loved the delft hand at foreshadowing that was done with Gabriel and Evie’s story that makes me anticipate what is to come both the bad and the good.  The crossover characters and their scenes were a nice surprise.  Knowing Delilah’s story from her book, this was a bittersweet read for me.  I loved seeing her and Johnny fresh and in love before all that came after.  Yep, the eyes teared right up.

So, now onward to City of Jasmine and the promise of more Gabriel and Evie and the delightful Aunt Dove.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Oohohh! I have this one! Woot! Yay glad it’s a good one. That’s not an easy feat sometimes with the shorts. Thanks Sophia!

    • I know! I was impressed with her other prequel that set up A Spear of Summer Grass too. Have you read Far in the Wilds or A Spear of Summer Grass? I was impressed with her Lady Julia Grays, but these Roaring 20s era historicals are great too.

      • No I’ve not read her before but I plan on it. Man alive I have to type that phrase so darn often! lol That’s really great she’s been able to manage that.

        • Yeah, me too. I just keep adding to the wish list and every once in a while I actually do get to some of the stuff that is on it- feels like ‘I am woman hear me roar’ when I do. Plus I usually find another totally new author to stalk. Months later, I find out that people really do give me the best book reccies. LOL

          • LOL yep and then I go DANG! I’ve had that sitting in my tablet for HOW long? Gah! It is great when you can finally get to them and they’re fab reads. lol I’m so glad I’m not the only one that happens to.