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.
©2013 Deanna Raybourn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I couldn't stop once I started this captivating audiobook! 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 satisfying. Nicola Barber is an excelent narrator, If you enjoyed the book or movie, "Out of Africa", you'll love "A Spear of Summer Grass." I hope Deanna Raybourn writes more books about the main character, Delilah!
Geeky painter girl who loves all things Whedonverse. Audio book addict. :D
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I read it for a book club and didn't have high hopes, given that it was a Harlequin book. However, the story was very engaging and had a feminist sensibility to it and the characters were well drawn, complex and interesting. Very enjoyable!
I think the Lady Julia Grey novels are brilliant. This book had NONE of the wonderful aspects of those books. What came to mind in this book was the movie Out of Africa. It was well written but frankly boring, not one of the characters was likable. If you are reading this because of enjoying the Lady Julia Grey novels this is NOTHING like those at all. Very disappointed to say the least. I did the whispersinc ebook/audio. The audio reader, Nicola Barber was excellent but the material was lacking.
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