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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
" I was so caught up in the story that I did not want to put it down." - Books and Needlepoint
"I heartily recommend Frenchman's Creek to anyone who appreciates romance, mystery or the gothic novel... I praise Sourcebooks for bringing her work to a new generation of readers." - Reader for Life
"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!" - The Review From Here
" It's romantic and scandalous and adventurous. The most pleasant journey I've ever taken with a pirate. " - The Book Nest
"[I]t was definitely enjoyable. She has quite a way with words, the language she used was simply beautiful. " - Devourer of Books
"Fans of Rafael Sabatini and other romantic period adventures will be quite pleased with this book." - Books are My Only Friends
"This is a fabulous read for fans of romance or fans of gothic historical fiction and it is a tribute to the folks at Sourcebooks for choosing such a timeless classic to reprint today." - A Reader's Respite
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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Frenchman's Creek tells the tale of the Lady Dona St Columb, a spoiled darling of London who decided to leave her husband simply because he is a fool and she is bored, and take their two children and stay in his home on the Cornish coast. Dona is the kind of character who I'd probably want to slap in real life, but owing to du Maurier's skillful writing, I began to emphathise with her, even though her behaviour is often little more than that of a spoiled brat.
Having unceremoniously left her husband, she discovers a French pirate who shelters his ship in a creek not far from her home. This man is far more refined and cultured and intelligent than any man she has left behind in London. He is written in a sympathetic light, being more of a Robin Hood type than a blackguard and a murderer, again, leading the reader to view him as the hero he is intended to be. Dona begins a torrid affair with him. If this was a Mills and Boon novel there would have likely been nothing left to the imagination in their relationship, but being Daphne du Maurier, the reader is left to largely read between the lines.
Having been convinced, via skillful writing, to like characters I normally wouldn't like, unfortunately, du Maurier did earn my disapproval with her ending. I'd forgotten she tends to make them vague, and that is the case with this one. I really wanted a definite word on how it resolved and didn't get it. Never mind. I still enjoyed the read immensely.
I have read many books so far by Du Maurier and I just savor them like fine chocolate. I really enjoyed this one as well. What I admire most about her writing is her ability to make such mundane, unrealistic plot lines so poetic, suspenseful and different. I think that if anyone else had written this story it would have sounded cheap, fluffy and gag worthy. Even though at times, the story does become hard to believe, it is fun and exciting. I do not know how she does it but she draws her audience in from the first page, and her books are so hard to put down.
This probably was not my favorite of hers that I have read so far, but I still find it better than most other books with similar plot lines. I enjoyed her mix of historical fiction, suspense and romance in this book. Dona is an interesting heroine, even though she is beautiful, she is far from perfect and makes many mistakes but she really does feel caged with her life and does not know what to do with herself. By contrast, the Frenchman (what Dona refers to him by) recognizes himself in Dona without even really knowing her. Their love is built on this understanding of souls and their possession of one another is intense, even at times it seems rushed and unbelievable.
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It saddens me to give only 3 stars for a Daphne du Maurier novel (and even this is pushing it), but Frenchman's Creek just isn't in the same league as...Read more