Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature of the Breaking the Spine blog. It's a great way to share information about a forthcoming book with other readers.
This week's anticipated book:
A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn
Publication Date: April 30 2013Publisher: Harlequin
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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.
My thoughts: I had the pleasure of meeting Deanna Raybourn a few years ago in New York City at a Romance Writers of America Librarians Day, where she was a panelist. I was impressed by the author's warm personable nature and independent streak--qualities which come across in the wonderfully engaging female characters she creates. I've been reading and enjoying Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey Series, and am looking forward to her new stand-alone novel.
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