A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS

By Deanna Raybourn
Harlequin MIRAMay 2013
www.harlequin.com
www.deannaraybourn.com

Trade Paperback384 pages, $15.95, ISBN: 9780778314394
Subject: Women's Lives / Intrigue / Personal Challenges

  1. Delilah Drummond is a unique and not always likable heroine. How do the different characters in the book view her—as a friend or adversary? What was your reaction to her? How does Delilah change over the course of the book?
  2. Ryder White is a larger-than-life character. What traits make him appealing?
  3. How does the political climate of colonial Kenya influence the characters and their response to their environment? How does Dodo display attitudes typical of the colonial English? In contrast, the Farradays are representative of a particular type of scandalous settler notorious in Kenya between the 1920s and 1950s. How do you think each of these characters views Africa?
  4. Gideon and his younger brother, Moses, both touch something within Delilah. What does this relationship seem to fulfill for each of them? Delilah makes a tremendous sacrifice for Gideon. Why? Was she right to do it?
  5. Delilah is very comfortable with her sexuality and with the effect she has on men. How do sexual relationships drive the action of the book? How is Delilah’s sexual relationship with Kit different from that with Ryder? How does Dodo’s experience with sex change her plans?
  6. Africa is as much a character in the book as any of the people. How does Africa itself play a role in the story?
  7. Ryder makes tremendous sacrifices to keep Delilah in Africa. Was he right to do so?
  8. What is Delilah and Ryder’s potential for a happy ending?

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