Daphne du Maurier
Sourcebooks, 2009 (1942)
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Reviewed by Barbara Lingens
ow, I can certainly tell why Sourcebooks wants to bring back stories like these! Who wouldn't want a respite from a tiresome husband, two reprobate dogs and all the bother that comes from being rich and bored. A handsome, educated pirate who immediately understands her as an adventuress is just what Lady Dona St. Columb needs.
t definitely helps that William, the servant of the manor to which Dona has escaped, is beyond compare in his ability to be helpful to both Dona and the pirate. It must be because he and the pirate are French - they just know how to live life to the fullest! Meanwhile, on the English side, the Lord is usually pretty heavy with drink and therefore not always aware of what is going on. But the neighbors feel his presence will help them fight the pirate, and when he comes he brings a dangerous friend.
ore will not be said, but please know the story contains lots of wonderful ups and downs and is just waiting for you to savor. I think one of the reasons Du Maurier's writing is so satisfactory is that it is honest. Despite the ability of Lady Dona to seize an opportunity for great love, she knows and will never forget what is truly important, and the pirate only thinks the more of her for it.
is a most satisfying tale.
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