Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

Frenchman's Creek

Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape.

But when chance leads her to meet a French pirate, hidden within Cornwall’s shadowy forests, Dona discovers that her passions and thirst for adventure have never been more aroused. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.

When I received and email from Danielle at Sourcebooks to see if I would be interested in reading a few of Daphne du Maurier’s books I jumped at the chance.  I have heard so much about this author over the years but haven’t had the time to read anything.  Now was as good a time as any.

To call this book a straight romance novel would be doing it an injustice.  This author has a way of dragging you in and putting you in the same frame of mind as Lady St. Columb.  This novel is set in the 1700s in Cornwall.  Lady St. Columb is looking for more to life so she leaves the city and heads to the country home where she honeymooned, bring with her her two children and their nanny.

She happens to find the hideout of a pirate and her sense of adventure is piqued.  She decides she is going to try and live a little and disguises herself as a cabin boy to get closer to the pirate.  What she doesn’t expect is to fall in love with the pirate, even though he is a scoundrel in every sense of the word…and she’s married.

There are so many different aspects in this book, but the author has such a way of weaving her tale to make you feel as if you know this Lady, and what she is going through.  Even though she is spending time with another man while she is married, I could really relate. 

I am just sorry that it has taken me this long to read something by this fantastic author.  This will not be the last book I read by her though, that’s a guarantee!

Daphne du Maurier was born in London in 1907, the second daughter of a famous stage actor and actress. Her first novel was published in 1931, but it was her 1938 novel Rebecca which made her one of the most successful writers of her time. Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of the book won the Best Picture Oscar in 1940, and he used her material again for his classic The Birds. In 1969, Du Maurier was created a Dame of the British Empire.

At the age of 81, Du Maurier died at home in her beloved Cornwall, the region that had been the setting for many of her books.

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