Five! Five Pink books! Meet Pink V, The Temptation of the Night Jasmine.
Who: Charlotte Lansdowne and Robert, Duke of Dovedale
When: Winter, 1803-4
What: Innocent and bookish Charlotte finds herself swept up in a web of intrigue stretching from the Hell Fire Club to the court of George III.
Historical Cameos: George III, Queen Charlotte
Fun facts about The Temptation of the Night Jasmine:
— 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, naive, optimistic, and inclined to use books, particularly Fanny Burney’s Evelina, as a guide to the intricacies of human nature. This did not always work well.
— The entire Hellfire Club plot is the fault of Victoria Holt’s Secret for a Nightingale, which was one of my favorite books as a pre-teen. Although for those wanting to know more about the actual Hellfire Clubs, which turned out to be even more complex and interesting than I had imagined, I recommend Geoffrey Ashe’s The Hell-Fire Clubs: A History of Anti-Morality.
My favorite scene from Night Jasmine? As much as I love Robert and Charlotte, I’m going to go with an Eloise one here. The scene I had the most fun writing was Eloise’s conversation with her ridiculous friend, Pammy, as Pammy explains her system for comparing eligible men to ice cream flavors.
What’s your favorite scene from The Temptation of the Night Jasmine?