A Spear of Summer Grass is Deanna Raybourn's next full-length novel. Set in the twenties, it features a flapper who heads to Kenya "in search of adventure." I really don't need anything else to convince me, but I do love this cover and how different it is from her others. It screamed Out of Africa the first time I saw it, but my favorite bits are the aged creases, as though it were a faded photograph someone had folded and kept in her pocket. Due out May 1st or April 23rd (depending on where you check). I am so looking forward to the spring now. Fortunately, we've got the Lady Julia Grey Christmas novella coming out in just a couple of weeks to tide us over until this one comes out.
I can't quit Jennifer Echols . Not that I really try that hard, but I read her new ones and often feel as though I'm still searching for that one in possession of that certain something that will make me feel the way Going Too Far did. Like I couldn't put it it down. And definitely like I didn't hate either of the main characters after the fact. Well, I found it with Such a Rush . I read this 300+ pager in a single night, which clears up the question of whether or not I couldn't put it down. And I finished it definitely not hating either of the main characters. I didn't finish it loving them both unreservedly, though. I loved Leah with my whole heart from page one and that never changed. My feelings regarding one of the Hall brothers remain complicated. More to come on this in a bit. On a side note, I'm delighted that Such a Rush is Ms. Echols' hardcover debut. It's a meticulously designed book, a pleasure to hold in my hands as I stayed up way
Oh that cover is gorgeous - I love the marked change from the Lady Julia novels, but it's still so beautiful. I can't wait for it! I'm slightly worried that being in the UK I may not be able to get my little grabby hands on the LJG novella when it's released though!ReplyDelete
I know. It was the perfect direction to go coverwise.Delete
Oh dear. Surely they'll release it there as well!
I am so excited for this book. I love Lady Julia, but I'm excited to see what Deanna Raybourn can do with this time period. She really hasn't disappointed me yet. :) When I see the cover and the little blurb we've gotten, I'm reminded of M.M. Kay's "Death In..." series, which is one of my all time favorites. LOL - I'll probaby try to dampen my enthusiasm down to something more reasonable before it's actually released but for now I'm blissfully happy.ReplyDelete
That's the thing with authors who always come through for you. You don't feel that nervous terror when they embark on a new thing.Delete
I haven't read any M.M. Kay. You recommend then?
I love M.M. Kaye (oops, I had to fix the spelling) and her Death In books are some of my very favorite books to re-read. They are dated and the newer covers are nasty looking, but they really take me to another place and time.Delete
Hm . . . sounds lovely. I will have to explore.Delete
Flapper dress? 20s? I'm in! :)) And you're right, the cover "creases" are a nice touch!ReplyDelete
Hehe. Yeah, there's really nothing not to love about that synopsis.Delete
Raybourn, flappers, and Africa? BE STILL MY HEART.ReplyDelete
I knew you would be on board.Delete
I found your site on someone's blogroll. The cover of the book is an immediate attention-getter and I had to see what it is about. The cover's gorgeous and I really thought it was an old vintage book at first! I'll be keeping this one in mind. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Love the urbane, fantastical sensibility of your header too :-)
Glad you found your way over here, June. :) It really does look vintage, doesn't it? The art designers really nailed it with this one.Delete
Thanks for the header compliment! My brother is a lovely artist and he created it for me.
I am looking forward to both this book and Lauren Willig's African set book too! Interesting that they are both coming out at around the same time!ReplyDelete
That is interesting! I had no idea.Delete