JASMINE by Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver is an exciting inspirational Historical Romance/fiction set in 1870 Sandwich,Illinois to Natchez,Mississippi.#3 in the "Song of the River" series, see "Lily" and "Camella". While I would suggest reading the first two titles in this series, it can be read as a stand alone. FollowmJasmine Anderson on an exciting journey of music,faith,healing and jealousy. Also, featuring Steamboats,Showboats,forgiveness,seeking fame,sacrifice,tragedy and love. As Jasmine learns the true meaning of love,and friendship, she also finds herself in grave danger,and finds herself wondering if her dreams means forsaking all she knows and holds dear. Fast paced. The story continues to follow Jasmine's sisters lives, Lily and Camella as well. A compelling story of life on the River and the families who live there,their dreams and sacrifice.This is the final book in the series and what a finale. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys Riverboats,Showboats and American History. These two authors are superb writers! A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Jasmine is the youngest sister of Lily and Camellia. Her dream is to be an actress but her sisters are not supportive and David who has been her best friend since they were kids and who she had hoped would one day be her husband not only crushed her hopes for love he keeps treating her like a sister! David is now a detective and even though his heart will always belong to Jasmine he is not going to wait forever for her to grow up and see that he want to be anything but her brother. Jasmine defies her sisters and joins a showboat to achieve her dreams yet danger seems to be all around her. When David's job places him on the same boat sparks fly.
This is the third and final book in the Song of the River series.
What I liked: I like how this book continues to follow both Lily and Camellia without overshadowing Jasmine. I liked David a lot and enjoyed getting to know him as an adult and not a child like the other two books. Jasmine started out a bit of a brat and as the book goes on she starts to grow not only maturely but spiritually and I liked that.
What I did not like: Jasmine was very immature most of the book and it was hard to like her. I just wanted to smack her. I also felt frustrated with Lily due to the fact that she was similarly bull headed in her story and in this book she was a very overbearing "mother". I also felt the romance between David and Jasmine was kind of thrown together at the end of the book and was a bit disappointing.
Overall this book was okay. I liked it well enough but this book felt very similar in story line with the first two and it was slow going at times.
Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver in their new book, "Jasmine" Book Three in the Song Of The River series published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. takes us into the life of Jasmine Anderson.
From the back cover: Does following her dream mean forsaking her past?
Jasmine Anderson is certain running from her riverboat home is the only option to pursue her greatest desire-a life of fame in New York. She refuses to let others' expectations hinder her any longer, not even those of her dearest friend, David Foster. He doesn't support her dream, and she will not keep waiting while he tries to prove himself worthy of her hand-just so she can be tied down by vows and family.
Jasmine flees to a showboat where she gains small roles and attracts the seductive attention of the lead actor...and the bitter jealousy of a veteran actress. Meanwhile, David is relentless in his loving pursuit of Jasmine, vowing to stay near and protect her from the cold, hard world in which she's immersed herself.
Then a great tragedy on the river sets off a chain of events that creates promising new opportunities but also grave danger for Jasmine--and ultimately the chance to discover a dream truly worth living and sacrificing for.
Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver bring the series to and end with this book and this time the focus is on Jasmine. Jasmine is not like her sisters as she does not want to live on the riverboat. She wants a life in New York as an actress. While there she is acquiring fame, a possible love interest and the ire of the woman who loves him. On top of that there are the robberies that David is assigned to investigate. All this while David is, not only trying to get her to come home, but realize that he is the one for her. Ms. Ashley and Mr. McCarver know how to tell a great story because they have filled it with tension. You yell at Jasmine for the poor choices she makes, root for David to succeed and for God to make everything work together for their good. Many kudos to Ms. Ashley and Mr. McCarver for a truly memorable, fun book, I was sorry to see it end. The good news is these highly talented authors will bring out a new series that we can read and enjoy soon.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Jasmine must face the return of her childhood friend, David Foster, whose return is complicated by past and present misunderstandings. Adding to the emerging chaos is the appearance of a mysterious actor who opens doors for Jasmine to enter the world of theater. Much to Jasmine's sisters' deep concern, the stage is not always what it appears to be. Jasmine's relationships must face the ultimate tests as she stumbles into a theater that contains sinister secrets.
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
The novel's premise promises New Orleans adventure. The beginning opens with a fast start by garnering reader interest as new characters and major dilemmas are introduced. However, once nearing the middle section of the novel, the action slows. The reader is left with the desire for something to propel the story forward. For readers that have an interest in the theater, the novel will not disappoint. The pages are filled with descriptions of sets, costumes, rehearsals and an occasional Shakespearean quote.
3.5 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a free copy of Jasmine from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc in exchange for my honest review*
This story had me in knots from the very beginning.. First i was worried about Jasmine being silly and loose. Then I worried she will be misused. Then when finally David joined her on the boat and pushed out my worry for the little mix's safety I was trying to figure out who was behind the bank robberies and the Authors have been so good at putting twists and turns into the story that by the time they figured the true villain I accused everyone on the boat from its captain to poor Clem. I really enjoyed this read. Its fast and full of action, witty talk, comic behavior and war-tagging emotional whirl that it will keep your attention captured until the the end.
Even though you can easily read it as a stand alone this book is perfect ending to the great series of strong-willed, heard-headed and of course God-loving sisters.
I hope you will have as much fun reading it as I did.
I think it would have been quite a bonus if there was more about the flower Jasmine, I personally think the author diminished its beauty and importance by putting so much emphasis on violets. I love Jasmine -the flower- in any form...the smell, the flower's beauty, in perfume, in tea , absolutely in anything and I enjoy growing them--they are delicate little but ambitious flowers that even after a harsh winter brave the heat and bloom through the whole summer. :) I even named my baby-girl after it --Jasmine Ruth. :) hoping she will resemble this beautiful flower by being as pure as jasmine is white, by being as ambitious and strong to still bloom after the harshness of this world and of course to make a beautiful difference in peoples lives through her trust in God just like jasmine makes with its strong beautiful fragrance. Im glad to see that authors made the heroine --Jasmine-- just like that in this book, albite indirectly and probably unconsciously. :)
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.