I’m pleased to introduce you today to Betty, who will be our moderator throughout February posting about The Temptation of the Night Jasmine. Welcome, Betty! I will bow out and let you get straight to it.
Hello Pink enthusiasts! My name is Betty, and I am excited that it’s time to begin Lauren’s 6th Pink Carnation book, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, published in 2009. Since this was the year I discovered Lauren and her “Pink” series, I was so happy to have several books to read one right after the other before waiting each year for the latest in the series to be published. Now, as we anxiously await the release of Pink XII, and last of the series, I have enjoyed participating in the reread of all of the books. As someone who almost never rereads a book, I have found I needed this refresher, and have discovered so many things that slipped by in my first reading. Details, details make a book so enjoyable, and I want to thank Ashley for hosting this reread on The Bubble Bath Reader, and giving me the chance to enjoy these books all over again! Here is a quick recap taken from Lauren’s website:
The Temptation of the Night Jasmine
Who: Charlotte Lansdowne and Robert, Duke of Dovedale
When: Winter 1803-04
What: Innocent and bookish Charlotte finds herself swept up in a web of intrigue stretching from the Hellfire Club to the court of George III.
Historical cameos: George III and Queen Charlotte
Of course Colin and Eloise return as she arrives for her second trip to Selwick Hall and finds something in store for her that she didn’t expect.
I also found it interesting that Lauren says, “Charlotte is the heroine based most closely on me. Or, at least, on me as I remembered myself being as an eighteen year old freshman at college, naïve, optimistic, and inclined to use books, particularly Fanny Burney’s Evelina, as a guide to the intricacies of human nature.”
Of course this started me wondering if anyone else has a character/heroine that they most closely identify with. I would have to say that Charlotte is also that person for me, because at that age I was also shy, naïve, and bookish. Many life experiences have changed that, and I have become much more outgoing and willing to take risks – still bookish, though! How about you – who do you identify with in Lauren’s wonderful Pink books?
I look forward to leading everyone through Night Jasmine and plan to recap and discuss the Prologue – Chapter 7 on Friday. Happy reading!