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Fisherman's Creek [Hardcover]

Daphne du Maurier
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July 2000
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 a life of honest love -- and sweetness, even if it is spiced with danger. It is this Dona who flees the stews of London for remote Navron, looking for peace of mind in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. She finds there the passion her spirit craves -- in the love of a daring pirate hunted by all Cornwall, a Frenchman who, like Dona, would gamble his life for a moment's joy.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday Book & Music Clubs (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568650426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568650425
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,536,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A heroine who is bound to make thousands of friends (SUNDAY TIMES) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A memorable novel rich in character and imagination. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very touching novel 10 Jun 2005
While the classic "Rebecca" is widely regarded as Daphne du Maurier's best work, I believe that "Frenchman's Creek" is also worthy of recognition. This is a lovely tale of an upper-class woman who is bored of her pompous daily life and desperately desires the freedom to do as she pleases, and as I found this theme interesting I was absorbed in the novel from the first page. As ever, du Maurier uses extensive, sophisticated vocabulary, which makes this novel a great challenge for teenagers and upwards, but possibly too difficult to follow for younger readers. While this novel is not a relentless page-turner, the plot is more adventurous than that of other du Maurier novels and I found myself wishing to read on more often than not, eager to discover what Lady Dona and her newly found true love, Jean-Pierre Aubery, would encounter next as they sailed on Aubery's pirate ship.
If you are not a romance or history lover, do not be discouraged from purchasing this wonderful novel. I generally stay clear of this genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Frenchman's Creek"; the romance is slight and is not over-the-top. The characters have been deeply thought out and are in no way superficial, while du Maurier's carefully chosen words perfectly paint a picture of the beautiful setting, whether it is in the middle of the English Channel or at the trademark grand house in the midst of breathtaking gardens. A refreshing read for lovers of intelligently written work.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blown away 28 July 2005
By faye
If you're a romantic like me or a fan of history (like me again)you've just got to read this, and even if you're not still read it (don't worry it doesnt go all soppy or go into huge long descriptions of period costume!) The book is basically about Lady Dona St Column who is bored of her life and longing, not only for some excitement, but for something with some meaning. She escapes to the cornish coast where she meats a dashing pirate wanted by all her "friends" and embarks on an exciting adventure. This is a must-read for everyone 13 and over! It'll blow you away!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written escapism 3 Dec 2007
A holiday in Cornwall would not be complete without a Du Maurier to read. I have just reread this one many years after I first enjoyed it, and I still loved it.
Dona St Columb is a spoilt aristocratic lady who is married to a man that she doesn't care for. She has indulged in wilder and wilder pranks in order to keep boredom at bay, becoming the talk of London in the process. At the opening of the story, she has finally become disgusted and ashamed of her behaviour and is fleeing with her children to her husband's remote Cornish estate. There she finds the freedom, and adventure that she has craved when a French pirate ship is moored in the creek below her house. As ever, Du Maurier's descriptions of Cornwall are beautiful, and so wonderfully evocative. The opening passage, where a modern day holiday maker ventures a little way down the mysterious and silent creek in his boat is a perfect taster for what is to come. As one other reviewer has mentioned, Du Maurier obviously wasn't striving for realism in this story. But if you are going to write about a romance between a pirate and a lady, you might as well let yourself go - which she has done most enjoyably.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delectable!! 8 Mar 2004
This book is outstanding.Full of romance,danger and excitmeant.Another one of Daphne Du mauier's great novels.It wasn't something i was planning to read but i'm glad i did.There is nothing dull or plain about this book.I would recommend this book to anyone over 13.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape!!! 16 Mar 2004
By A Customer
If you crave adventure and romance, read this. Dona and her Frenchman will captivate you. As you would expect from Daphne du Maurier, the language is so rich that you can see, hear, smell and taste Cornwall. This story is a joy from start to finish. Read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the Girls 13 April 2010
Despite being a work of fiction, this book feels as though it tells a real-life tale of the author's personal feelings of isolation and longing. Set in the reign of Charles II, `Frenchman's Creek' tells the story of the restless and unhappy Lady Dona St Columb, who flees London after playing a practical joke on an unfortunate countess, egged on by the rake Rockingham. Feeling guilty about what she has done and unhappy at what her life has become, she seeks isolation at her husband's Cornish estate and finds joy in the simple pleasures of playing with her children and exploring the coast. On one such walk, she encounters a French pirate, Jean Aubrey, and her life takes an unexpected turn... Du Maurier wrote this book while in Langley End, Hertfordshire, away from the wild Cornish landscape which she loved, perhaps inspiring Dona's sense of longing in the story. Also, according to Sheila Hodges, Du Maurier's editor, Dona carries many of the authors own feelings about wanting to be a boy, the Cornish countryside and her passion for freedom (P. 30, the Daphne Du Maurier Companion, Ed. Helen Taylor). This was certainly the feeling I got while reading the book. Unfortunately, this view of the female experience has become a bit of a cliché in recent years and as a modern feminist, it made me a bit uncomfortable. I stuck with the book, however, and am glad that I did because the pace and adventure quickens as the story progresses, leading to a satisfying ending. Although I don't feel this is Du Maurier's best work and wouldn't recommend it to a first time reader (unless in their mid-teens!), it was enjoyable and should be accepted for what it is - a bit of romantic escapism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have read this book before and loved it but now that Iv'e moved to...
I have read this book before and loved it but now that Iv'e moved to Cornwall I wanted to re-read it. Daphne Du Maurier at her best.
Published 11 days ago by Mrs. Valerie J. Smith
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, keeps moving.
A bit on the romantic side but I wanted to read it as I had been on holiday across the water from Frenchman's Creek.
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Wonderful story this is my favourite book
Published 1 month ago by rosie
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I did - what a beautiful love story
I hadn't read this for many years, and had a sudden urge to read it again. So glad I did - what a beautiful love story!
Published 2 months ago by louise rees
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it has been bent tea spilt all over
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Wonderful read a book that must be read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frenchman's Creek
My copy arrived late, not the seller's fault, as the post office sent it strapped to the horny back of a turtle without a compass. Read more
Published 2 months ago by jeremy789
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