Song of the River: Jasmine

JasmineJasmine dreams of the day when she can bid convention adieu and take to the stage as a professional. To be wealthy and famous while cheered by adoring fans would be her lot in life if only her sisters weren’t so “controlling”.  When Jasmine meets conceited actor, Vance Hargrove, she is dazzled as well as flattered by his attention. So when he offers her a position with a traveling company of actors she jumps at it and runs away from home.

Pinkerton detective David Foster is on a case and he can’t spare the time to go chasing after an irresponsible childhood sweetheart. But the Andersons have always been there for him when he had no one so he eventually finds himself tracking Jasmine down; coincidentally the trail of the criminals seems to lead to the same place. David and Jasmine are once again thrown together much to each other’s chagrin. As their indifference, or rather feelings, build for each other Jasmine must make a choice to continue in the hard world she finds herself in or to give it up.

I have some backtracking to do. Some of you will recall in my review of the first book in this series , that I wasn’t overly favorable of characters who I thought had little impact on the story. Well I was wrong. That street urchin and playmate of Jasmine’s turned out to have a big role in Jasmine. So yes my opinion of the series is a little better now. It was better than the Lily and I felt the characters were better. I’m not a big fan of acting or theater (readers with an interest in that sort of thing would probably find this book of even greater interest), but the riverboat setting was welcomed, as always. I was glad to see David finally developed a personality (although by the sound of it he had some impact in the second book of the series). I didn’t care much for Jasmine’s attitude. She feels her sisters are domineering – and may be they are – but Jasmine went about everything wrong. She was very deceitful; she lied to her family, she lied to Vance, she lied to David. She just lied, lied, lied.

Overall this was an okay read. It isn’t something I would consider rereading but it is an interesting story and with a touch of mystery. Do I recommend it? By all means, if only to see the troubles deception can get one into. I’ve read much worse stories and the fact that I felt compelled to finish Jasmine should speak volumes as I don’t always finish books I dislike.

DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we received an electronic copy of “Jasmine” from NetGalley.com provided by the publishers, Barbour Publishing, Inc., in exchange for our honest review.

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