Saturday, August 26, 2023

Of Jasmine and Roses Review




 About the Book

 Orphaned as a child, Anna Beasley was raised alongside her titled cousin in the high Society of the ton. But part-Indian Anna knows better than anyone that appearances trump social grace, even to those who raised her. After the loss of both her inheritance and her adoptive family’s support, work as a governess seems to be Anna’s only path forward . . . until she meets a man who is completely unattainable, and she feels seen and accepted for the first time. Aspiring politician William Thaxton had no intention of falling in love with a governess. But from his first embarrassing encounter with Anna, he knew she was exceptional. As William gets to know Anna better, he can’t help falling in love with her, despite the infuriating stumbling block that her social status presents. As they navigate intolerance, cruelty, and William’s own ambitions, William and Anna must prove that love knows no boundaries and that the heart doesn’t play by Society’s rules. (Goodreads)


Releases November 14th!


My Thoughts

I loved the idea of this story and Anna's heritage had me eager to read this book. The first few chapters I was engaged and curious where the pages would take the characters. About halfway through this story I really had a hard time with the plot. Anna tries to find her place in a society that is more concerned with the color of her skin than anything else. She is a strong woman who fights a hard battle and I do appreciate the author writing about this issue. I was not fully invested in Anna or William and even near the end I was pretty confused and upset with both of them. I do wish there would have been more addressed in the last pages as it seemed to end abruptly. The setting is fine and the idea for the plot is good but so many of the chapters just seemed to move so slowly. All that to say this was not the book for me but I know many will also love it.


 Three Stars. 

"I received this book from NetGalley for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."



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