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A Spear of Summer Grass Cover

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.

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  1. 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!

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    1. I know. It was the perfect direction to go coverwise.

      Oh dear. Surely they'll release it there as well!

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  2. 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.

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    1. 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.

      I haven't read any M.M. Kay. You recommend then?

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    2. 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.

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    3. Hm . . . sounds lovely. I will have to explore.

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  3. Flapper dress? 20s? I'm in! :)) And you're right, the cover "creases" are a nice touch!

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    1. Hehe. Yeah, there's really nothing not to love about that synopsis.

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  4. Raybourn, flappers, and Africa? BE STILL MY HEART.

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  5. 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.

    Love the urbane, fantastical sensibility of your header too :-)

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    1. 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.

      Thanks for the header compliment! My brother is a lovely artist and he created it for me.

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  6. 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!

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    1. That is interesting! I had no idea.

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