Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

  I picked up this novel in the library and the opening paragraph grabbed me.  The main character whom the reader gets to know gradually over the course of the first few chapters is a young women  who is a companion to a tyrannical American lady.  The young women comes to meet an older gentleman who has a secretive darkness about him.  So of course they fall in love.  The story gets even better.  There was a bit of mystery at every turn and a little romance early twentieth-century style.  The book has been around for awhile but it is still relevant today.  Daphne Du Maurier’s writing was rather risqué for her time. Her life itself is fascinating.  After I read the Afterword I feel like I should read this book again and find those hidden layers of meaning.  


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