Title: Frenchman’s Creek
Author: Daphne du Maurier
Genre: Historical Fiction
First published: 1941
Edition: paperback, published by Virago Press in 2006
Bored and restless in London’s Restoration Court, Lady Dona escapes into the British countryside with her restlessness and thirst for adventure as her only guides.
Eventually Dona lands in remote Navron, looking for peace of mind in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. She finds the passion her spirit craves in the love of a daring French pirate who is being hunted by all of Cornwall.
This was my first foray into this author’s books and I was not disappointed. Despite the fact that in the end the book did not blow me away, I really enjoyed the writing.
Our main character Dona is multifaceted and is neither good nor bad, but somewhere in between, with her desire for adventure getting her into trouble. You could feel how she was torn between the life she had and the life she longed she had. Sometimes I found her incredibly selfish, but I always understood her reasons.
I did feel the rest of the cast of characters were somewhat underdeveloped and much more could have been done with them. Of course this kept the focus on our main character, but I kind of wanted a bit more from the novel in that respect.
The plot and the ending were somewhat predictable, but overall I enjoyed this one and made me want to read more Du Maurier in the near future. I guess starting with one of her lesser known books was not a bad thing. I have all those amazing books to look forward to.
5 out of 7 stars