Author(s): Daphne Du Maurier
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 freedom, honest love - and sweetness, even if it is spiced with danger. To escape the shallowness of court life, Dona retreats to Navron, her husband's remote Cornish estate. There, she seeks peace in its solitary woods and hidden creeks. But she finds instead a daring pirate, hunted by all Cornwall, a Frenchman who, like Dona, would gamble his life for a moment's joy. Together, they embark upon a quest rife with danger and glory, one which bestows upon Dona the ultimate choice: sacrifice her lover to certain death or risk her own life to save him.
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A tale of danger, passion and mystery, and a compulsive slice of period drama. Good Book Guide A pure, exhilarating adventure story - a swashbuckling tale of exquisite danger and tangled love ... a tale of emotional and sexual awakening, of loss and risk ... sophisticated in its exploration of the human heart. -- Julie Myerson A heroine who is bound to make thousands of friends Sunday Times One of the last century's most original literary talents Daily Telegraph A storyteller of cunning and genius Sally Beauman
Daphne du Maurier (1907-89), daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier, was born in London, educated at home and in Paris, and lived much of her life in her beloved Cornwall, the setting for many of her novels. Most of her novels have been bestsellers and many have been made into films. She is considered one of the most accomplished novelists of the twentieth century.