The Restoration Court knows Lady Dona St Columb to be ripe for any folly, any outrage that will alter the tedium of her days. But there is another, secret Dona who longs for freedom, honest love - and sweetness, even if it is spiced with danger. To escape the shallowness of court life, Dona retreats to Navron, her husband's remote Cornish estate. There, she seeks peace in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. But she finds instead a daring pirate, hunted by all Cornwall, a Frenchman who, like Dona, would gamble his life for a moment's joy. 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.
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Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day. In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children. Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.From AudioFile:
Though not as good as her exquisite REBECCA or the plot-twisting MY COUSIN RACHEL (few books are), Daphne du Maurier's FRENCHMAN'S CREEK is still a compelling story and a good listen. It's a seventeenth-century costume drama, in which the lead player, Lady St. Columb ("milady"), has left London and her husband out of boredom and gone alone to her country estate in Cornwall. There she encounters a French pirate, a man of wit, urbanity, civility, and charm and, on a whim, joins his pirate crew. Though matters are a bit predictable from then on, reader John Castle's excellent narration will keep you changing cassettes. Properly dramatic (on occasion overly so), skilled in pronunciation niceties, and obviously interested in the story, Castle is a good choice for this book. One caveat: Castle frequently lowers his voice for dramatic effect so that you rush to the volume knob. But the effort is worthwhile. T.H. (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Book Description 1992-01-02., 1992. Book Condition: New. Arrow Books Ltd. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 240pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1611603