A Spear of Summer Grass

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MIRA, Apr 30, 2013 - Fiction - 384 pages
2 Reviews
Paris, 1923

The daughter of a scandalous mother, Delilah Drummond is already notorious, even among Paris society. But her latest scandal is big enough to make even her oft-married mother blanch. Delilah is exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather's savanna manor house until gossip subsides.

Fairlight is the crumbling, sun-bleached skeleton of a faded African dream, a world where dissolute expats are bolstered by gin and jazz records, cigarettes and safaris. As mistress of this wasted estate, Delilah falls into the decadent pleasures of society.

Against the frivolity of her peers, Ryder White stands in sharp contrast. As foreign to Delilah as Africa, Ryder becomes her guide to the complex beauty of this unknown world. Giraffes, buffalo, lions and elephants roam the shores of Lake Wanyama amid swirls of red dust. Here, life is lush and teeming—yet fleeting and often cheap.

Amidst the wonders—and dangers—of Africa, Delilah awakes to a land out of all proportion: extremes of heat, darkness, beauty and joy that cut to her very heart. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for—and what she can no longer live without.

  

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A Spear of Summer Grass

User Review  - Stacey Hayman - Book Verdict

It's 1923, and Delilah Drummond is a modern woman who doesn't mind a little scandal, but the questionable circumstances of her soon-to-be ex-husband are better avoided. Sent by family to Kenya as a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Annette Thompson - Goodreads

Once I started, I couldn't stop this amazing book! I've lived in Africa myself and loved the descriptions of Kenya in the 1920's. The story's romance is exciting and the ending unpredictable but ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
23
Section 3
38
Section 4
56
Section 5
63
Section 6
78
Section 7
98
Section 8
109
Section 16
233
Section 17
249
Section 18
263
Section 19
282
Section 20
295
Section 21
305
Section 22
318
Section 23
331

Section 9
119
Section 10
136
Section 11
149
Section 12
165
Section 13
183
Section 14
201
Section 15
217
Section 24
352
Section 25
367
Section 26
371
Section 27
375
Section 28
376
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About the author (2013)

New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter and is hard at work on her next novel.

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