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Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson
  

Jasmine Nights

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May 2012 Book of the Month.

Set in WW2 with star-crossed lovers, espionage and exotic locations, Jasmine Nights is a captivating and enjoyable read from the award-winning author of East of the Sun.

If you like Julia Gregson you might also like to read books by Kate Morton, Jojo Moyes and Santa Montefiore.

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Synopsis

Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson

The author of the bestselling, award-winning EAST OF THE SUN returns with a sweeping new novel about a young singer recruited to work for the British Secret Service at the height of World War II. At twenty-three, Saba Tarcan is a talented but naive singer who dreams of being more than just another act playing in small clubs in Wales. So when the opportunity arises to join a group entertaining the troops in the Middle East, she jumps at the chance, leaving behind her overprotective family and cutting short a burgeoning love affair with a young RAF pilot, Dom. Despite being shot down and wounded, Dom is addicted to flying. He follows Saba to Cairo and their affair resumes. When it becomes clear that Saba is uniquely qualified for a secret mission of international importance, she is forced to conceal her new role from Dom. But it's a move that will jeopardize not only her own safety but also the love of her life' Based on the stories of the many female entertainers used as unofficial spies during World War II, JASMINE NIGHTS is a powerful story of danger, beauty and love set amidst some of the most exquisite and dangerous cities of the Middle East.

Reviews

Exotic, decadent, dangerous and terrific storytelling -- Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME 20120501 A tenderly told and wonderfully evocative story.. DAILY EXPRESS 20120713 A captivating love story set in an extraordinary world WESTERN MAIL 20120602 Steamy, sweeping ... Saba is a modern woman struggling with old-fashioned ideas and Dom is a surprisingly complex hero. Seen through their eyes, the wartime Middle East is a heady, intoxicating place and readers will be swept away by the lush prose. US PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 20120427 For romance and intrigue, with the conflict providing the perfect excuse to set a story in exotic locales like Cairo, Gregson delivers in spades. ... believable and completely engrossing US BOOKLIST 20120515 Romance may be the theme, but Gregson shines in her descriptions of the life of the rich, poor and combatant in Cairo and Alexandria, the sights of Giza and the Bosphorus, and the chaotic World War II milieu where women no longer tolerated boys making all the rules. Saba and Dom love, face perils, triumph and intermittently reunite. Spare of any serious, distracting anachronisms, the story flows at a stately pace to a conclusion both satisfying and open-ended. Fans will want a sequel. Historical fiction as personal journeys through love and loss and war's havoc. KIRKUS REVIEWS (U.S.) 20120501 Julia Gregson's Jasmine Nights has all the makings of the perfect beach read: adventure, danger, international locale, historical sweep, steamy romance...utterly delicious CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER (USA) 20120616 I love war novels set in the Middle Eastern theatre of war and this one does not disappoint, with its terrific descriptions of the seedy glamour of Cairo and Alexandria, not to mention Instanbul. GOOD BOOK GUIDE 20120701 Gregson, the author of East of the Sun, brings a wealth of detail to this unconventional love story, ranging from World War II history to rich cultural lore to the pop-music standards of the era. With numerous and well-drawn characters, evocative prose and a commanding story, the former journalist and foreign correspondent again proves that she is also a master of historical fiction. And smoke might not be the only thing that gets in your eyes in this moving novel. RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH (USA) 20120714


About the Author

Julia Gregson

Julia Gregson is the prize-winning author of three novels, one book of non-fiction, and several short stories. Her novel, EAST OF THE SUN, was chosen for the Richard and Judy TV Book Club and became a SUNDAY TIMES bestseller in the UK. It won Romantic Novel of the Year and the Prince Maurice Prize and has since been translated into more than twenty languages. Previously a journalist, for the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, THE TIMES, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, and ROLLING STONE in the USA, she is married and lives in Wales.

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Publication date

26th April 2012

Author

Julia Gregson

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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Literary Fiction
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Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

ISBN

9781409108092

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