07 May 2013

Today's Read & Giveaway: A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

What would you do if your semi-scandolous life caught up with you and you had to leave Europe before things got out of hand? It's the early 1920s, and fun-loving Delilah Drummond has no intention of going to America, where she couldn't get a legal drink. Instead, she agrees to Kenya—to her ex-stepfather's lakeside property—just until things blow over, of course.

Don't believe the stories you have heard about me. I have never killed anyone, and I have never stolen another woman's husband. Oh, if I find one lying around unattended, I might climb on, but I never took one that didn't want taking. And I never meant to go to Africa. I blame it on the weather. It was a wretched day in Paris, grey and gloomy and spitting with rain, when I was summoned to my mother's suite at the Hotel de Crillon. I had dressed carefully for the occasion, not because Mossy would care—my mother is curiously unfussy about such things. But I knew wearing something chic would make me feel a little better about the ordeal to come. So I put on a divine little Molyneux dress in scarlet silk with a matching cloche, topped it with a clever chinchilla stole and left my suite, boarded the lift and rode up two floors to her room.
A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn (Harlequin / Mira, 2013, first paragraph)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: Kenya, at Fairlight outside of Nairobi, 1923
  • Circumstances: there are questions about Delilah's inheritance after the death of her most recent husband; to avoid scandal and lawsuits she relocates to Africa
  • Characters: Delilah; her cousin Dora; safari guide J. Ryder White; various ex-pats
  • Genre: historical fiction with a love story
  • Themes: love; staying true to oneself; conservation; prejudice; colonization
  • Personal: I love this time period in Africa; a hundred pages in, the characters and setting fit with what I know of the place of the time; I'm sure I already know the ending but I'm hooked anyway
The Author

A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn grew up in San Antonio, where she met her college sweetheart. She married him on her graduation day and went on to teach high school English and history. During summer vacation at the age of twenty-three, she wrote her first novel. After three years as a teacher, Deanna left education to have a baby and pursue writing full-time. Fourteen years and many, many rejections after her first novel, she signed two three-book deals with MIRA Books.

Deanna’s novel Silent in the Grave won the 2008 RITA® Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Mystery. The Lady Julia Grey series has been nominated for several other awards, including an Agatha, three Daphne du Mauriers, a Last Laugh, four additional RITAs, and two Dilys Winns. Dark Road to Darjeeling was also a finalist for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery as well as a Romantic Reviews’ finalist for Best Book of 2010.

Be sure to visit Deanna Raybourn's website and follow her on Twitter.

The Giveaway

Thanks to Big Honcho Media and Harlequin, I am pleased to offer two of my readers a copy of Deanna Raybourn's A Spear of Summer Grass. The only restriction is that you must have a U.S. or Canada mailing address. Fill out the form, and I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner on May 15. Once the winners have been confirmed, I'll delete all personal information. Good luck!

Buy A Spear of Summer Grass at an indie or at a bookstore near you. (Link leads to an affiliate program.)
ISBN-13: 9780778314394

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(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 5/7/13, 6:49 AM  

I'd keep reading this one - like that paragraph a lot. enjoy and great giveaway as well.

bermudaonion 5/7/13, 7:33 AM  

I love the Kenyan setting - I bet this book is good!

JoAnn 5/7/13, 8:04 AM  

This sounds like a good one. I love that time period!

Laurel-Rain Snow 5/7/13, 8:30 AM  

Ah, yes, I adore the narrator's voice....and now I must read this author!


Mystica 5/7/13, 8:31 AM  

One giveaway I am sorry is not open for all! love her writing.

Tea 5/7/13, 8:58 AM  

I've never read her novels. Would love to read this one.

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian 5/7/13, 9:15 AM  

I enjoyed the into and would keep reading! I've read Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series and love her character development.

Here's my Tuesday pick: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/05/first-chapter-first-paragraph-12-and.html

Beth F 5/7/13, 9:17 AM  

I've already read Far in the Wilds and it was so good. I can't wait to read this now.

Anonymous,  5/7/13, 9:28 AM  

That is one interesting book! Would love to join the giveaway, but sadly I am not from the US/CAN. :(

Thanks for stopping by my teaser this week.

Alice Audrey 5/7/13, 10:19 AM  

Climb on?! LOL!!! This one is fun.

Nise' 5/7/13, 10:38 AM  

Definitely would keep reading! I love her Lady Julia series.

Barbara 5/7/13, 10:40 AM  

I was hooked when she mentioned climbing on if she found a husband just lying around. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

Too Fond 5/7/13, 1:11 PM  

I really enjoyed this book! I've downloaded the prequel novella with Ryder White, but haven't had a chance to read it yet.

Heather 5/7/13, 1:16 PM  

Oh, I did not know Deanna Raybourn had a new book coming out. I've read some of her Lady Julia Grey series and loved them. Would definitely read this one!

kayerj 5/7/13, 2:23 PM  

the cover is beautiful and the paragraph inviting. I'd keep going. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Kim 5/7/13, 2:27 PM  

Thanks for the giveaway. I've read all her Lady Julia books, but this novel sounds quite different.

Diana 5/7/13, 3:35 PM  

1920s? I'm hooked already. Combined with that first sentence, it's going on my TBR list. :)
Thanks for sharing and dropping by our blog today.

Diana @ BookVenturers

Melissa O. 5/7/13, 4:59 PM  

Love that opening! I have never read anything by Deanna Raybourn... I need to remedy that!

<a href="http://www.melissas-bookshelf.com/2013/05/teaser-tuesdays-haunting-season.html'>My teaser is from THE HAUNTING SEASON by Michelle Muto.</a>

Margot 5/7/13, 6:04 PM  

I wasn't sure at first, but by the time i got to the last line I was curious. Yes, I'd keep reading

Peggy Ann 5/7/13, 8:32 PM  

Seen this one around a lot lately. Sounds very interesting and I love the cover.

Peaceful Reader 5/7/13, 9:28 PM  

This one sounds really good. She sounds like a wonderful character to get to know!

Vonnie 5/8/13, 1:36 AM  

This sounds great! Thank you for the giveaway.

Btw, thanks for stopping by Vonnie's Reading Corner!

The Readdicts 5/8/13, 3:27 AM  

This book sounds super interesting!

Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by my Teaser Tuesday post earlier.

Happy reading! :D

Sarika @ The Readdicts

Shelley Munro 5/8/13, 4:14 AM  

I love her Lady Julia series. I have this one already. I'm looking forward to reading it.

Christine 5/8/13, 1:08 PM  

I've always wanted to read her Lady Julia series, but I'll start with this one instead! I've heard nothing be good things about this release so far.

Ninja Girl 5/9/13, 12:52 PM  

This looks awesome! I've never read a story set in Kenya before :)
Ninja Girl

Julie P. 5/10/13, 8:29 AM  

I loved the setting!

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