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Frenchman's Creek Paperback – March 1, 2009
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"Anyone who has ever felt the need to escape from the cage of daily life will identify with and love this book. " - Book Thoughts By Lisa
"The denouement will keep one thinking for a long time after the book has been finished, and would be a great discussion topic for book groups." - Ex Libris
"The story is intriguing and the book is an absolute pleasure to read. I had a lovely time with this, and I think you would too." - Medieval Bookworm
"I really liked Frenchman's Creek, it reminded me why classics are classics, endured for many generations and will be read by countless others." - Reading Extravaganza
"[A]n entertaining, very well written story..." - A Lovely Shore Breeze
"Be careful when you set out to read this novel. Daphne du Maurier will capture your imagination with more stealth, speed, and skill than any of her pirates ever could. " - The Literate Housewife
"This is a entertaining read and one I would recommend if you enjoy a classic historical romance." - Peeking Between the Pages
"Wow, I can certainly tell why Sourcebooks wants to bring back stories like these!... Frenchman's Creek is a most satisfying tale. " - Book Loons
"This is excellent and intense storytelling, many thanks to Sourcebooks for re-releasing the novels of this classic author. " - The Tome Traveller's Weblog
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About the Author
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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1. Pirates. THAT'S RIGHT, PIRATES.
2. French pirates. Sexy, sexy French pirates (and I'm a fan of Brit boys myself, but the main guy in this story is dreamy, and the Brits in this story are made to look old and codger and gross, so French pirates it is!)
3. NO EXPLICIT SEX. That may be a drawback for some people, but it wasn't for me. There's more alluding to the past, and a fade-to-black scene, but the romance is mainly through romantic tension as well as some freedom to be who you are stuff, which I'll get to.
4. It's a story about regret, freedom, and finding contentment in your life even if you're not satisfied with it. This was the main thing I took away from this book - there main character is not a willowy stand-by-the-wayside heroine, but an almost 30 mother of 2 children. She's become bored in her life and regrets her choice in husband, but feels trapped in the life she chose for herself (and yes, she chose it, and yes, she regrets it. Relatable!). In the story she finds some freedom, even if it's temporary, and evolves to a more mature place by the end of the novel.
5. ACTION! SUSPENSE! FOOD! Seriously, they describe food only a few times but you WILL want a baguette baked in an open fire after reading those sections. But a nice bit of action and suspense is in this tory too!
6. Beautifully written prose. Just lovely.
7. Character development and evolution of the self. I mentioned this above, but it's one of the best parts of the novel. She's a bit insufferable at the beginning, but she ends up in a more relaxed and comfortable state of being by the end. She evolves, and it's good for her.
Drawback: there is cheating on a marital relationship involved. I feel like it's only good to warn readers who would be highly offended by this. It has to do with the freedom and finding contentment thing, but it is a moral area that some people are unwilling to compromise on. I respect that, so I want you to know :)
As "Frenchman's Creek" opens, Lady Dona is also eager to escape her capital city, London, and take refuge in her country home with her two young children and a nanny. Though she has been warned to be very careful because a pirate, a Frenchman, has been vandalizing country estates along the nearby coast, stealing jewelry and household valuables, and ravaging the defenseless women they encounter. Nevertheless Dona enjoys exploring the nearby countryside and woods unescorted. During one of her afternoon hikes she discovers a creek she did not realize was on the fringes of her property and parting some particularly dense foilage she espies - to her horror - the infamous pirate ship, resting at anchor. Before she can say "yo ho ho" she is captured, bound, brought aboard, and taken to the captain's quarters. Their eyes meet......
"Frenchman's Creek" is as non-violent a pirate story as can be told. There is one death though, an act of self defense. You won't believe who the killer is. It has its tensions though and a good bit of romance but virtually no sex. And even worse, no swordfights! . There is an attack of sorts on a neighboring community but the most notable stolen item is a wig. As for ladies' virtue, as the Captain explains, it never has to be taken as it is usually freely offered . As for the climax, the Captain is finally caught only because he sacrifices himself of course in order to spare his crew and ship. And so we come to the final pages with two big climactic issues - will the captain be hanged or escape, and if he goes free will Lady Dona join him or will she do the Right Thing by her sweet, darling children? Read it to find out, it's only 280 pages.
The prose is excellent, as always from du Maurier. Here's a sample from a favorite passage. Early in the book, dialog between Dona and her new butler William, before her capture. William has been placed in Dona's home by the Captain to keep a pulse of the locals. His master is our Pirate, does Dona suspect? Draw your own conclusions:
"And your late master, what does he do with himself?"
"He travels, my lady."
"He makes voyages from place to place?"
"Exactly, my lady."
"Then he also, William, is a fugitive. People who travel are always fugitives."
"My master has often made the same observation, my lady. In fact, I may say his life is one continual escape."
The first chapter is boring, skip it to enjoy the excellent writing as DDM describes the settings and evokes the atmosphere of them.
I would recommend this book to women unsure of the type of relationship they want, before they choose security and marry a man they don't love and become trapped and live a life lacking in love and adventure. Dona and Jean-Benoit inspire courage to lives one's truth and therefore meet true love and adventure.
A page-turner, set in a Cornish town at the turn of the century. Great, classic, love story !!