Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Author: Daphne Du Maurier
Genre: Adult Historical Fiction/Suspense
Premise: "Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers." (Good Reads Description)
Opinions: My mother got me hooked on Daphne Du Maurier books when I was a pre-teen. They are all filled with mystery and a touch of romance. Rebecca, in particular is one of my favorites of her books. It is an extremely intense book full of suspense and intrigue. Even Alfred Hitchcock loved it enough to make a movie out the storyline. I love the mystery, and the uncertainty of a young woman returning to her new husband's home trying to enter the middle of a pre-existing, well-running, high-brow society and wondering if she would ever fit in or would she always be compared to his first wife, Rebecca. And the ending....ahhhhh!!! Can't spoil it for you. ;-) This book is perfect for a cold, rainy day, to read by a fire while wrapped in blanket and eating chocolate.