Jasmine Nights

Jasmine Nights - Julia Gregson It's the height of WWII, and singer Saba Tarcan longs to break free of the restrictive world in which she lives. Her Turkish father is abroad with the shipping line and her very traditional Welsh mother doesn't want her making a spectacle of herself. Well, Saba decides to go sing for a burn unit at the hospital, where she meets fighter pilot Dom Benson. This is the beginning of her second serious romance, and one of which her mother fully disapproves.The disapproval worsens when Saba is offered an opportunity to sing with ENSA (the British Forces' touring entertaining troupe) and winds up becoming a spy. She can't tell anyone, including Dom, what's going on. Needless to say,this results in major issues on all sides.I enjoyed the book for its beautiful descriptions of Alexandria, Cairo, Istanbul and other exotic locations. I found some of the characters frustrating, not only because they sometime seemed a trifle two-dimensional (not so much the three major characters -- Dom, Saba, and Saba's fellow ENSA singer, Arleta), but some of the others. Sometimes the stereotypical "oily impresario" or "cold-eyed Nazi soldier" came up a little too often in passing. No one is all good or all bad, and it would have been nice to see some of the secondary characters presented in a more well-rounded fashion.It's hard to write this particular review without spoilers, to be honest. There are so many twists and turns to the story, and to what Dom and Saba experience separately and together, that the author keeps you hooked the entire time.Admirers of historical fiction will enjoy this book very much.(Review based on uncorrected advance proof.)