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Mille notti d'amore

3.37 of 5 stars 3.37  ·  rating details  ·  843 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Saba ha ventitré anni e sogna di diventare una cantante famosa, ma durante la seconda guerra mondiale la sua vita è destinata a cambiare improvvisamente. Quando le viene proposto di esibirsi per le truppe inglesi stanziate in Nord Africa, Saba accetta con entusiasmo e abbandona la sua famiglia che vive in Galles. Entra così a far parte di una compagnia e insieme a una ball ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published April 19th 2012 by Newton Compton Editore (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mitch
I don't know how I can be disappointed with Jasmine Nights when the book delivers exactly what the summary promises, but I am. There are a couple of good moments, great scenes, but it just feels like book's too long and missing things at the same time, even though when I reread the summary it is an accurate description of what Gregson has written. Maybe my expectations were just too high.

My biggest problem's the lack of magic. I don't know how else to describe it, but between the scenes and sett
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MAP
I picked up this book because it explores two things often overlooked about WWII: the war on the North African continent, and the role of British entertainers (especially in their roles as spies and special agents.)

Unfortunately, this book was a disappointment. Most of the book is way too fluffy and romancy feeling for a book set in World War II. Then all of the sudden the book takes a very dark turn, which is more appropriate to the gritty reality of WWII, but is a complete tone shift for this
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Tara Chevrestt
This had a great start full of humor, drama, fear, guilt, and the introduction of some interesting characters.

Dom is a pilot who crashed and now has his buttock grafted onto his cheek. As morbid as it sounds, that's where the humor comes in, when she kisses him, and he makes a cute and funny comment about where that skin came from. I had high hopes for this book as I laughed with them.

Saba's house is full of drama. Her father is abusive and cruel and against her singing. So when she runs off to
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Patrice Hoffman
*I recieved this advanced readers copy through goodreads giveaway!

This is the first book I've read by Julia I'm really happy I had the oppurtunity to read this. The story is about a young singer asked to spy during the war efforts of World War II. The setting is very colorful and whimsical while trekking North Africa with Saba Tarcan. And Dom, the soldier she's smitten with is a real class act. It's easy to forget that the world was at war while reading.

There's really not much action in this bo
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Stephen
not normally a type of book I would read the story was okay
Darcy
I feel cheated by this novel! The premise sounded so entertaining: a spirited young Welsh woman escapes her prosaic and cloistered life in order to travel to North Africa during World War II, where she experiences danger, love, and espionage. And the story did begin rather well, but just like one of Dom Benson’s airplanes, it went into a tailspin around page 150 and ended up in a smoldering heap of irrelevance and mooning.
There was too much sap and not enough development. The attraction between
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June Seghni
I thoroughly enjoyed this wartime story of a half turkish girl singer working to entertain the troops in Egypt whilst carrying out secret missions to help the war effort.Add a romance with a heroic fighter pilot and you have a perfect summer read..
Natalie
Sent to me to review by newbooks magazine!

Jasmine Nights is, at its heart a love story, set against the backdrop of the Second World War.
Saba Tarcan, half Turkish and raised in Cardiff’s Tiger Bay, goes against her strict father’s wishes and enlists with ENSA (Entertainments National Service Association) however, her role in the war effort is not as simple as entertaining the troops, as she is drafted as a spy.
Dom Benson, a pilot for the Desert Air Force meets Saba whilst recovering in hospital
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Eric Wright
Gregson narrates a tale focusing on two characters during the North Africa campaign of the Second World War. It is a well-written love story with some historical background on England during the period and especially Cairo and Alexandra during the desert push by Rommel. Not usually one who reads romance, the time and setting peeked my interest.

Saba, a beautiful but headstrong singer from Wales defies her Turkish father and Welsh mother to strike out on her own. Her father, very traditional, for
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Christina
Julia Gregson's "East of the Sun" was one of the most satisfying books I've ever read. That makes it all the more frustrating to read anything else by her; catching glimmers of the things that made "East of the Sun" so special while reading a decidedly mediocre work. That sums up "Jasmine Nights" for me in a nutshell. But you know I'm going to keep going anyway.
Gregson does female-female relationships well; I think they're her greatest strength in both her good book and her not-so-good books. Th
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Andrea
If I am honest, after reading the first few chapters of this book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but as the story evolved a bit more, I became absolutely hooked! Then as the suspense started to build I couldn’t put the book down! The story set in the war years is about a singer and a fighter pilot, although it is a tale of romance and love, it is also a story about living life to the full. The adventurous spirit of the characters is evident as knowing that they may not have many days ...more
Jane
This story takes place in the exotic cities of Cairo and Istanbul, during the height of WWII. The title refers to the smell of Jasmine that was noticeable in the evening. Saba Tarcan is a 23 yr old singer from Britain, who auditions and becomes part of a travelling group to entertain the troops in the Middle East during WWII. She accepts the secretive mission to assist the British Secret Service. In the meantime, she meets and falls in love with an American fighter pilot, Dom. The plot takes the ...more
Πάνος Τουρλής
1942. Σαμπά Ταρκάν. Μεγαλώνει στο Κάρντιφ, μέλος μιας αυστηρής και καθώς πρέπει οικογένειας. Το όνειρό της; Να τραγουδήσει! Η θετική απάντηση της ΕΝΣΑ ( υπηρεσία ψυχαγωγίας στους στρατευμένους) στην αίτησή της να περάσει από οντισιόν στο Λονδίνο τη γεμίζει αισιοδοξία! Επιτέλους θα ανοίξουν τα φτερά της. Δυστυχώς σε αυτό είναι αντίθετος ο πατέρας της αλλά τον αγνοεί επιδεικτικά και ταξιδεύει στο Λονδίνο, για να του δείξει πως θα τα καταφέρει και πως οι επιλογές της θα φέρουν μόνο θετικά σχόλια στ ...more
Tracy Terry
Daring, devilishly handsome World War II fighter pilot has near miss and ends up in a burns hospital where he falls in love with an exotic beauty. OK, so said exotic beauty isn't a nurse or indeed the fiancee/wife of one of his fellow patients as they usually are in these novels but in almost every other way Jasmine Nights is fairly typical of the whole 'wartime romance' genre.

A slow, extremely slow, starter it wasn't until some one hundred or so pages from the end of this 422 page long novel th
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Fab Librarian
The first time that Dom sees Saba it is 1942, he is recovering in a hospital after a horrific accident and plastic surgery. Flying his Spitfire at 20,000 feet he had been forced to eject after the petrol tank in front of the instrument panel exploded.

As Saba sings to the wounded men on the ward, Dom feels her beauty and wonderful singing voice penetrate his carefully built defences, cultivated to stop him feeling too much emotion.

When he leaves hospital Dom is determined to find her again, eve
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Elizabeth Moffat
This is a three and a half star book for me but have rounded it up to a generous four as I thought it was a great story. The characters are wonderful, I really warmed to Saba and Arleta, and the writing is so evocative when describing Egypt and Istanbul. Looking forward to more from this author.

Please see my full review at http://bibliobeth.wordpress.com
Lyssa
I considered this book an average read. I was not impressed enough to ever read another book by this author. The romance was to coincidental; as the lovers kept meeting up in very convenient ways. Also, the spy storyline was very weak. I'm not really sure how well researched this historical novel was.
Etna Royal
Prelepa knjiga o devojci koja je pratila svoje snove iako opasne po život. Pevanje je bilo njena strast, muzika njen život. Suprostavila je se svome ocu, hrabro je to učinila i na kraju krajeva pametno. Jer da nije tako bilo ona bi uvenula poput biljke, u ništavilu. Upoznala je dobre prijatelje u kojima je videla oslonac i svi su bili tako isti a opet posebni svako na svoj način. Našla je ljubav svog života i to baš onda kada je ceo svet tražio ruku spasa u tim vremenima. Pustoliovina koja vas v ...more
Indira
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Liz
I received this book as a Goodreads First Read in exchange for my honest review.

I would give this book 4.5 stars if I could. The writing is absolutely beautiful---amazing imagery and powerful descriptions. I really did not want the book to end. The main character Saba Tarcan is immediately likeable, and her perspective of World War II through the eyes of a performer is unique and engrossing. The juxtaposition of Dom's perspective, as a pilot in the war, keeps the story grounded and adds to the i
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Sharon
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
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Sheila
Feb 02, 2013 Sheila rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WWII fiction buffs, historical fiction fans
Recommended to Sheila by: Saw it in the library's "new" section
This is a novel of World War II as experienced by two British young people: Saba Tarcan, a half-Welsh half-Turkish singer recruited to sing for the troops, and Dominic Benson, an English RAF pilot. The two meet when Saba sings for a hospital burn ward in which Dom is recovering; the story continues when Saba defies her father to accept an invitation to audition for ENSA in London and Dom and Saba meet again. As Saba is sent to Cairo to begin her performance tour through the desert, Dom arranges ...more
Jayne Charles
This is a significant step up from ‘East of the Sun’, good as that novel was. The quality of the writing and the story was consistently high throughout, and it had a good blend of adventure and romance. This is writing that’s interesting to read even when there is not much going on plot-wise, rich in detail, and even characters and events on the periphery of the plot are given an impressive depth. The section where Barney is on leave and “bored shitless, reduced to playing bridge with some briga ...more
Vera Marie
Julia Gregson specializes in chick-hist-lit. I invented that to mean historical novels featuring adventurous and strong-willed female characters in romantic situations in exotic locations. And she bases their adventures on true stories. In 2009, I reviewed her best seller, East of the Sun and so I was happy to take a look at her new Jasmine Nights.

In a nutshell, the heroine Saba Tarcan, whose father is a strict old-fashioned man from Turkey, leaves her native Wales to follow her dream of singin
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Urszula
Overall I liked this book. It was well written and I really liked the two different perspective showed - one by Dominic and other by Saba.

The characters were likable and down to earth. The show biz life was colourfully described with it's ups and downs, with the lights and heart breaks.

I found the setting of the story very interesting, yet it was not magical as suggested by the title. Maybe the descriptions were lacking the magic itself.

The storyline was great. Dominic's challenges through his i
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Holly P
3.5

Saba Tarcan wants nothing more than to see the world and knows her voice is her ticket to doing so even if it draws the ire of her strict Turkish father who thinks his daughter's performing is shameful. Saba follows her heart anyway and in one of her performances for injured soldiers she meets recovering pilot Dom Benson. After their brief encounter, Saba soon joins a troop entertaining soldiers fighting in the exotic climate of North Africa but Dom can't forget her face or voice and resolves
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Erin Cataldi
Gregson, Julia. Jasmine Nights. 13 CDs. unabridged 14 hours. Clipper Audio. ISBN 9781471200441.


Set amid the chaos of the second World War, young Saba Tarcan, an amazingly talented singer performing for the troops in Africa, embarks upon a journey of newfound freedom, first love, and Middle Eastern adventure. She falls for charming RAF pilot, Dom, and together they learn the ups and downs of war, seperation, and anxiety. Saba soon realizes that entertaining the troops and her lover won't be her o
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Lucinda

This Intensely absorbing novel touches your soul with its thought-provoking poignancy


I was left drained of all emotion after reading Julia Gregson’s new outstanding historical novel, which spoke of the inner workings of the heart and the unbearable pain that love can bring; as it can dramatically alter and define our lives. The authenticity and atmospheric, detailed descriptions send you back in time to a world of conflict and danger, separation between lovers and the brutality of war. You are
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MyGoodBookshelf
Enjoyable, but not particularly exciting- 3.5 stars

**Full disclosure: I received an ARC of this novel through Librarything. All opinions expressed are my own**

The third novel from award-winning author Julia Gregson is a billed as a `powerful love story' and moves from the back streets of Cardiff Bay to exotic Africa and then to dangerous, unstable Cairo during World War II. We meet twenty-three-year-old Saba Tarcan, a singer who encounters fighter pilot Dom Benson in a burns hospital whilst she
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Alethea
This review first appeared at www.bookpleasurs.com

Jasmine Nights, by Julia Gregson, is a historical romance set during World War Two, which immerses the reader in richly crafted details of the life of a traveling ensemble who perform for British troops in North Africa.

Saba Tarcan, a young talented singer, half-Turkish/half-Welsh, leaves her home in Tiger Bay, Wales, risking estrangement from her family, to join ENSA, the entertainment arm of the British Armed Services. Gregson’s fine portrayal o
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I have always wanted to be a writer, but left school very young (16) after a fairly hit and miss education, longing to travel and have adventures. I worked as a jillaroo in the Australian outback, a girl groom, a shearer’s cook, and later, back in England, as a house model for Hardy Amies in London.

In the seventies, back in Australia again, love of horses led to riding out with Mick Jagger on the
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