The Scent of Jade
Author: Dee DeTarsio
Published: October 5, 2010
Publisher: Just Publishing
Rating: 4 Birds
From TV writer Dee DeTarsio, a new novel, The Scent of Jade. When an ancient jade relic that holds secrets to global warming ends up in the hands of a not-so-perfect heroine, she is thrust in a fish-out-of-water adventure, lost in the Costa Rican rainforest.
“Romancing The Stone” meets “Survivor” for Julie Fraser, who was minding her own business, living her life as snug as a bug in a rut in San Diego, California. As the least adventurous person she knows, Julie finally whooped it up one day to jet off and surprise her husband, who was on a business trip in Costa Rica. Reeling from the discovery that her husband wasn’t who she thought he was, she accidentally steals an ancient artifact and is chased through the wilds of the rainforest, not knowing where to turn, literally, or whom to trust. She knew she should have stayed home.
Can a monkey, a blond Juan, a foreign scientist, a mysterious ‘love potion’ and the jade stone itself (that may hold secrets to global warming), help Julie on her mission to find and forgive her husband?
The stolen idol catapults her on a quest, as she discovers truths along the way about herself and her place in the universe. The Scent of Jade is creative and unique with surprising twists--in turn suspenseful and heartbreaking, combining humor and romance to reach the payoff ending. Original characters keep the pages turning.
The Scent of Jade spins its story with wit and wisdom, drawing those who love mystery, suspense, romance and adventure. While there are no vampires, readers are invited to enjoy the intrigue..
My take: Though I wasn’t sure what to think when I first started the book, I quickly jumped in and fell in love with Julie! In ways before starting my reading adventure on this one, I looked at it almost like being this out there adventure that would potentially never work out in the end.
Julie was this totally insecure girl who I figured would probably NEVER be able to go off on the crazy path she conjured up to spy on her own husband. Low and behold when Julie ended up in Costa Rica, I was pumping my fist in the air a little bit for her having overcome an obstacle. For a lot of other books, seeing someone overcome one little fear would make me think “seriously?”. With the character of Julie though, every time she got through another fear, I was cheering her on.
There were times during the story that I kept thinking “Am I ever going to learn the truth about Colin?!” but when it came down to it and I did get to know him, I ended up shocked and sort of amazed in some ways.
That little monkey too! If you’ve ever fallen in love with an animal in a story, you’ll get what I’m saying. He was so stinkin’ adorable and I couldn’t even think about what he’d do next because knowing a monkey that was so involved in human life was sort of fascinating!
Okay okay enough with the character stuff…I’m not even going to touch on Juan. The story itself was this crazy mixed up world that was sometimes extremely script-like that I would wonder if I wasn’t reading a script for a t.v. show that recently got canceled. It was absolutely fantastic! That was probably why I gave the book such a high rating. My first love might be actual books, but my second love (and it’s crazy to think since I’m NOT an actress) is reading scripts!
I could actually see something like this book being made into a movie, though who would portray Julie, I’m really unsure!
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