"...it began in Rome, as all adventures should..."
Those three words were all it took to make me want to read Deanna Raybourn's City of Jasmine. This is a fun adventure novel set in the 1920s, with just the right amount of romance. I really enjoyed it.
Aviatrix Evangeline Starke has embarked on a trip to fly across the Seven Seas with her Aunt Dove when she receives a photograph of her late husband, Gabriel Starke, who appears to be very much alive. She follows this clue to the ancient city of Damascus where she must not only track down her missing husband, but a priceless relic as well.
Smart, and a little bit headstrong, Evie Starke is a girl who can hold her own. She doesn't let any of the men in her life sway or control her, not even handsome and secretive Gabriel. I liked that about her. I also liked that she's not immune to love. In many ways, City of Jasmine, with its combination of mystery and romance, reminded me of my favorite M.M. Kaye novels. It's well-written, has some great dialogue, and is set in a fascinating time and place. In fact, it's the perfect summer adventure.