'A Spear of Summer Grass' is a uniquely, wildly, seductive tale of utter pure breathtaking African adventure leaving the story itself to be perhaps the best writing style of Ms. Raybourn's career to date!
Scandalously notorious across three continents Delilah Drummond latest behavior has her exiled to the land of Africa, a far cry from the Paris society that Delilah herself knows so well. Bitterly determined to not allow her past to control her future Delilah sets out on a conquest to improve not only life but the natives of the land that is now holding her prisoner, if only to forget the heartache of a past that has left her battered and numb to the point that Delilah fears not of the consequences of her latest actions, certain that she can never find a man worth truly loving again that is until the handsome, rugged Ryder White shows Delilah that even the most stubbornness of sunrises can off a sweet surrender of sexual bliss.
Ryder White knows a thing or two about Africa and women, a deadly combination that he sooner live without except for the occasional lonely nights. If there is one thing Ryder doesn't need it’s the alluring Delilah Drummond as his neighbor, a woman that is as fierce as any lioness that Ryder has ever encountered and despite his wishes he finds himself longing for the warmth of the beautiful American woman but Ryder knows the heartache that comes with loving a woman and it’s a chance he isn't willing to take once more.
'A Spear of Summer Grass' is a beautifully written tale of the African landscape and Ms. Raybourn's capture is truly magnificent, leaving the reader feeling each sudden rush of excitement and dangers that Africa offers to those that dare to venture into her spirit. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book as a lover of the African culture and landscape I could hardly wait to get my hands upon the book however a love and respect for Africa is a must when reading this book while there is a sparks of true romance it is Africa, herself that takes the lead of the book itself!
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.