Friday, 16 January 2015
A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn
This is another one where I would love a 'half-star' rating system. Set in the 1920's Delilah Drummond is an American socialite living it up in Paris when she is embroiled in one scandal too many and exiled by her family to newly colonised Africa. Here, she is to spend some time away from the headlines until things calm down, but it seems trouble follows Delilah wherever she goes. Staying light hearted, it briefly touches on the conflicts between the colonists and the natives, the impact upon nature and politics of the time, but mostly the story focuses on delightfully witty and headstrong Delilah who tries her best to make the most of a less than ideal situation. She is sharp witted, modern and fiercely independent, especially for the period and admits herself that she is broken. It was refreshing to read a strong female lead who has many layers to her and obviously delighted in her freedom as a woman. A touch of romance too that I was expecting to have more closure to it, but turned out perfectly in the end.