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. ...
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.
If you are new to Du Maurier this is a grand book, fast paced Regency with out the perfect period flourish and detail of Georgette Heyer, the best of the Regency authors. Having read all Heyer, and all Winston Grahame (Poldark series & other Cornwall novels), I came to Du Maurier. Her craft is superb, and her knowledge of the human heart. Couldn't put this one down and immediately posted it on cousin who has read most Du Maurier but not this.
So! what is it about:
A French aristo pirate, a bored English wife of the gentry who removes from London life to her husband's estate in Cornwall. Where she is content, free and glad once again to be alive. Then she stumbles upon the ship anchored in a side creek of a
tidal river. There the adventure begins with her new found friend, the poetry reading, bird sketching robin hood of a pirate. Wonderful fluff yet erudite and delightful. Highly recommended.
Mar 24, 2011
True to form Daphne Du Maurier held me once again spellbound in her story telling.
This was an excellant novel taking place once again around the area of England that is very familiar to me.
I now have seven of her books and still collecting, Her books never fail to please.
Sep 9, 2010
This book came quickly and in the condition as described
Aug 6, 2009
One of my favorites
I've read it before, and will read it again. And over and over again! Great writer, great book.
May 21, 2007
A GREAT ROMANTIC ROMP
THIS IS TRULY ONE OF THE GREAT ROMANTIC ADVENTURE STORIES EVER WRITTEN. TOTALLY DIFFERENT FROM REBECCA, BUT JUST AS READABLE WITH CHARACTERS YOU WILL LOVE. READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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