04 April 2013

A Spear of Summer Grass; Deanna Raybourn

A Spear of Summer GrassA Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

At first, I thought this was going to be too light weight, too similar to everything "Downton" (and not doing it as well as Waugh did). Yet a few chapters in I found myself changing my mind slightly. Our Herione has surprising depths (and self-awareness), however Our Hero is stereotypical of the macho men in a bodice ripper. The life that Delilah is forced to leave in Paris and London and take up in Kenya is also a lesser version of what other authors have done better... however, that doesn't matter as much as one would think (except for when a character expresses ideas that are politically correct for today, virtually blasphemous back then): the local tribesmen have value, female circumcision is bad, we need to conserve our wild animals, etc., when it got a little annoying.

So not a deep read, but perfectly pleasant.

ARC provided by publisher.

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