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Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson

Jasmine Nights

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January 2013 Book of the Month.

One of the Richard and Judy Spring 2013 Book Club selections.

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. The author really brings the characters and locations evocatively to life and it's easy to get lost in the story.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Jasmine Nights a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Scroll down to read their reviews.

If you like Julia Gregson you might also like to read books by Kate Morton, Emma Blair and Kate furnivall.


Jasmine Nights by Julia Gregson

1942 and the world is at war. It is a war that has already shattered families and devastated countries. But for some, it will also mean the greatest of adventures. In a burns hospital in Sussex, a beautiful young singer performs to a ward full of injured soldiers. Saba is captivating and one pilot, Dom, shudders as her gaze turns his way. He can't bear her to see his scars but resolves to write to her once they have healed. The world is on the brink of enormous change. Saba's journey as a singer with ENSA takes her to the fading glamour of Alexandria and the heat and decadence of Turkey. On the glamorous Middle Eastern social circuit, Saba rubs shoulders with double agents and diplomats, movie stars and smugglers. Some want her voice, some her friendship, and some the secrets she is perfectly placed to discover...JASMINE NIGHTS is a tale of decadence and destruction, of love and of danger.


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Jasmine Nights. You can read their reviews below.

Lucinda Fountain - This powerful, stirring novel that evokes its era perfectly is so captivating that I found it incredibly hard to put it down for I was so touched by it. Click here to read the full review.

Edel Waugh - Jasmine Nights was the perfect escapist read. It had everything you could want from a book. Family troubles, exotic locations, and two main characters trying to hold love together during a time of war. Keep the tissues handy! Click here to read the full review.

Berwyn Peet - 'It is one of those lovely stories that you become completely caught up in and don’t want to end. Highly recommended .....especially for cold, dreary winter days.' Click here to read the full review.

J B Johnston - 'This is an intriguing and atmospheric book. I loved the backdrop of exotic and far flung places described in such a way to transport the reader making them feel part of the many cultures.' Click here to read the full review.

Jane Pepler - 'I enjoyed the story with it's vivid descriptions of Egypt in the Second World War. The historical detail is fantastic and the characters are well crafted...The descriptions of the heat and the dust are vivid and evocative.' Click here to read the full review.

Elisabeth Thomas - 'I found this book a very enjoyable read...This is not a simple romance story but a clever, well written story with all the twists, turns and excitement of a spy novel but with simmering passions cleverly interwoven into the plot.' Click here to read the full review.

Catherine Larner - 'The mystique and exoticism of wartime Egypt and Turkey offer an alluring and intriguing backdrop for this tale of adventure, danger and romance.' Click here to read the full review.

Daphne Berkovi - 'Jasmine Nights was an easy and enjoyable read. Alongside the love story of Dom and Saba, I found a very good and detailed description emerged of characters that were caught up in the Second World War.' Click here to read more.

Rebecca Barrett - 'What I liked about Jasmine Nights was that it surprised me, and I couldn’t have predicted what would happen on the next page...Above all, this love story wasn’t like anything I had read before—more wonderful and powerful.' Click here to read more.

Caroline Matthews - 'The author paints a very vivid picture of Egypt, particularly war-torn Cairo and Alexandria, and when Saba gets involved in more than she bargained for when she joined ENSA, the entertainment arm of the Forces, the storyline became very exciting and really kept the pages turning very quickly for me.' Click here to read the full review.

Julie Cook - 'I thought this story was very well written. Filled with plot twists, each one igniting the two lovers' passion for one another, this story is perfect for those cold winter nights which needed warming up with emotion.' Click here to read more.

Kym Nicholls - 'Egypt itself is lavishly rendered by Julia Gregson - swaddled in colour, noise, potent scents and rich architecture. A war novel, spy tale, romance and coming of age story all in one, I’d recommend this book to almost anyone.' Click here to read more.

Eva Le Bon (author of Bring Down the Moon) - 'I loved it. Completely Captivating. There’s something conventional about this unconventional story, or is it the other way around? So full of every opposing force, love and war, opulence and poverty, it will lift you to giddy heights of emotion and passion. Through the lens of war everything is heightened.' Click here to find out more.

Nikki Clark - 'I applied to review this book believing that it would be a wonderful escape to another part of the world and on that score I was not disappointed. I was whisked to a Cairo that was exquisitely described so that I was immersed in the sights and sounds of the place and time.' Click here to read the full review.

Dawn Lynch - 'Be whisked away back in time to World War Two long before I was born, for a really nice love story about a young girl called Saba who's voice takes her on her travels to North Africa, Egypt and Turkey and becomes a spy. The perfect holiday read.' Click here to read the full review.

Cathy Burman - 'I really enjoyed this book. They say that the course of true love never did run smooth- and it certainly doesn't in this book...A captivating love story and a mix guaranteed to keep the reader enthralled throughout.' Click here to read the full review.

Linda Rollins If you enjoy gentle, dreamy romance then this is definitely for you. Click here to read the full review.


Praise for Jasmine Nights:

'A rich historical novel ... a taut, never predictable plot' — SUNDAY TIMES

'A finely written story full of characters you can care about ... highly descriptive and persuasively told' — THE LADY

'Lively, atmospheric novel ... skilful, vivid' — SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'A unique and fascinating historical novel' — PRIMA

'Exotic, decadent, dangerous and terrific storytelling' — WOMAN AND HOME

'What a gorgeous read. Exciting, romantic, unpredictable and funny. I didn't want it to end' - Tracey Ullman

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.

Author photo © Paul Stuart

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3rd January 2013


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


432 pages


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