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Rebecca's Tale

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,708 ratings  ·  271 reviews

April 1951. It has been twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter, and twenty years since Manderley, the de Winter family's estate, was destroyed by fire. But Rebecca's tale is just beginning.

Colonel Julyan, an old family friend, receives an anonymous package concerning Rebecca. An inquisitive young scholar named Te

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Hardcover, 438 pages
Published 2001 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2000)
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Wayne
Apr 04, 2010 Wayne rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy that curious pleasure of reading a really bad book!
Recommended to Wayne by: the mirage of the pseudo-sequel
Stupid Me!!!
Fancy believing in a sequel when the author provided none and never intended one. Anyway, why would you want to know more about the De Winters?...they found true love, laid a very nasty ghost and swanned around the continent hereafter. A Very Happy Ending methinks??

Oh no!!! Not for Sally.
Daphne du Maurier was safely dead before Sally started meddling with her masterpiece.
Sally won't have it, won't believe a thing Daphne has written.
Rebecca was REALLLLLY nice!! (REALLY??????????????
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Hannah
I'd really like to give it 1.5 stars, but it gets 2 simply because it started out with alot of promise. However, by the end it became a politically correct, feminist scree from Beauman that made no sense in the context of the time period which the book took place.

Simply one of those books where the writer should have quit while they were ahead.
Laura
The daughter of a minor character from Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca joins forces with a journalist (with a hidden motive) to discover The Truth behind the mysterious Rebecca. Now, I’m not averse to “continuations” of novels, but this book commits the literary sacrilege of altering the essential nature of the characters in du Maurier’s story. And as if that’s not bad enough, we’re asked to believe that a woman is going to be delighted when the man she’s in love with confesses he’s gay? And in the ...more
Susan Johnson
Books that our take-offs from other author's works are not my favorite. Still my book cub selected this so I read this account of Rebecca, of the Daphne DuMaurier book of the same name. The premise is that a man, Terence Grey, shows up in the village around Manderley twenty years after Rebecca's death asking questions about her. The story is told in sections by Colonel Julyan, the magistrate at the time of her death, Terence Grey, a long section from Rebecca's journals and Ellie, Julyan's daugh ...more
Tiffany
Mar 27, 2008 Tiffany rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Tiffany by: no one (probably with good reasons)
Shelves: terriblebooks
Terrible.

Someone please remind me to stop reading fan-fiction of classics. :(

It kills me to even have to give it 1 star.
Wendy
Fake sequels (those written by someone other than the author) are pretty bad in the first place, but this one goes over the top. If you're going to write a fake sequel, you can't claim that what the original author wrote wasn't the truth. (i.e. oh, actually, Rebecca never had an affair with her cousin; that was just ugly gossip.)

Clearly Beaumont knows REBECCA very well, but has always sympathized more with Rebecca than with the narrator, and felt the need to redeem her somehow. The description a
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Carolyn F.
Audiobook. This review is totally based upon the fact that Sally Beauman took a wonderful story, the original Rebecca and turned it all around so it's almost unrecognizable. Rebecca is a sympathetic, misunderstood character that really hadn't been maneuvering people's lives for her own enjoyment and their pain. Max is a character who just doesn't understand Rebecca and is portrayed as a villain who ultimately committed suicide by car because he couldn't live without Rebecca. The 2nd Mrs. DeWinte ...more
Cynthia
I was surprised by how hostile most of the reviews were of this book. I thought it was really good, and much better than just a "what happened after the book ended" kind of a book. I've read the novel by Du Maurier but I really love the Hitchcock film and have seen it so many times i've pretty well memorized it. I thought Sally Beauman did a very good job of capturing the nuances of how everyone thought and spoke and looked, and of taking those mannerisms and putting them into new scenes without ...more
Michael Thomas Angelo
As a longtime fan of Hitchcock's Rebecca, I enjoyed the story that inspired it written by Daphne Dumaurier. I was overjoyed to read this book and learn more about the backstory of Rebecca's characters. I have been reading a lot of undue criticism from other readers who are intolerant of the author's tendency to take creative license in her efforts to fluff out the story. I welcomed the different points of view that the story used to tell the tale because we gained valuable perspective from each ...more
Marigold
Sally Beauman, in "Rebecca's Tale", cleverly explores many of the themes in Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca”, including jealousy, powerful man/powerless woman, as well as identity, obsession, the relationship between past & present, & exploration of mothers and fathers – both good and bad – and how we might see someone as a Good Mother or Bad Father but have that view change if we look at it through a different lens. Beauman introduces gay & lesbian characters (only hinted at by Du Maur ...more
Bev
Rebecca's Tale by Sally Beauman is set 20 years after Rebecca's death and the burning of Manderley. It follows the search of Terence Gray for the real Rebecca and the answer to what really happened to her. There is also the small matter of packages with reminders of Rebecca which have been mailed to the family's friend Colonel Julyan and her cousin Jack Favell. Notebooks and mementos that stir up memories.

I have mixed feelings about this book. Standing on its own merits, it is a terrific investi
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Portia Costa
While I don't think that Rebecca's Tale is quite the great classic that its literary source is, I enjoyed it very much on a second reading, possibly more than the first time. It's certainly a page turner in the way Rebecca is, and it's also just as full of unreliable narrators interpreting stories, at second hand, that were unreliable start with!

Having read it I still don't know if Rebecca was a Jezebel or a woman multiply wronged... although it does seem to me that she might have been a combin
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Teresa
The book was like many other sequels or prequels that want to change the nature of the main character to fit the storyline of the author. So it is with Sally Beauman, who like others that have written about Rebecca try to change her into a good person that we should admire instead of the cruel, manpipulative woman of DuMaurier's novel. And of course because this is a modern novel, although set in the 1950's, it is a feminist apology peice with its obligatory insinuations of incest, rape, homosex ...more
Sara
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Storm Constantine
I’ve recently read the three novels that are continuations or, or inspired by, Daphne Du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’. Of the three – ‘The Other Rebecca’ by Maureen Freely, ‘Mrs De Winter’ by Susan Hill and ‘Rebecca’s Tale’ by Sally Beaumann, the first prize must go to Beaumann. She keeps the voice of the original well, in terms of time and place, but the first narrator, in a novel of four parts, is the aged Colonel Julyan, who presided over Rebecca’s inquest. He’s always had his suspicions about what tr ...more
Lorraine
This is the book that introduced me to Rebecca du Maurier. Dark and haunted in a manner not unlike Wuthering Heights, it is immensely readable. Wonderful for a dark winter's night when a storm is raging and the sea is rising up....
Claire
Rebecca was a wonderfully, haunting gothic tale. Rebecca's tale is not. It's not even a decent detective story. Rebecca is a vivid character, a character that colours the lives of everyone in the original work, you are left to wonder at her. She is accomplished, beautiful and everyone desires her, yet.. It is made clear in the original story that she is manipulative, a liar and she had numerous affairs (confirmed by Flavell and Danvers).

However, Miss Beauman decides that clearly Rebecca is a mod
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Atishay
I beg all readers, please don't compare this to the Du Maurier's classic 'Rebecca'. While Maurier was a storyteller(and a great one at that), Beauman is a perfect prose writer. Her descriptions of Manderley cross the precincts of the Manderley mansion and flow bountifully across the beaches and the sea.
The book has been divided into different parts, each narrated by a different character. Max and the second lady of Manderley have been cast aside as the narration flows from the memories, diaries
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John
Reading Wide Sargasso Sea reminded me that years ago I'd bought a copy of Beauman's novel — which in effect gives the other side of the story about Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca. Although chastened by the Rhys book, I plunged in anyway.

The novel has four narrators: Colonel Julyan, who was Maxim de Winter's old pal and who was keen not to raise too many questions about Rebecca's death; a young scholar who's come to snoop around Manderley for reasons of his own; Rebecca herself in a discovered diary
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Kathi
This book is a companion to the classic novel Rebecca, written by Daphne Du Maurier in 1938. I loved Rebecca when I read it about 6 or 7 years ago. When I first saw this book, I was intrigued. But then I was hesitent because the Du Maurier novel was so well written and is such a classic, I wasn't sure if the Beauman novel would be as well written & if the story & characters would seamlessly work.

So, I went with my gut instinct and I wasn't disappointed. This book is very well written and
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Michaela
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MariLee
Oct 19, 2008 MariLee rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoyed Daphne de Maurier's "Rebecca."
Recommended to MariLee by: Shawna Myers
I wish they had half-stars! I'd give this one a 3.5 to 4. If you liked/loved "Rebecca," you will probably like this one as well. "Rebecca's Tale" is set 20 years after "Rebecca" ends. This story is told through the eyes of Colonel Julyan (a character from the original), a friend of the de Winters and an admirer of Rebecca; Terence Gray, a scholar interested in the mystery of Rebecca's death; Ellie, the daughter of Colonel Julyan; and Rebecca herself. Some of the characters from "Rebecca" make an ...more
Shirley
Oct 30, 2008 Shirley rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No
Shelves: du-maurier
I know it's a bit premature for a review, since I'm not quite half through the book yet. However, I feel strongly enough about this book, that I will comment already. I was torn whether to rate it at 2 or 3 stars so far. It is well written and thoroughly enjoyable from that vantage point. If it were only a stand-alone story, I think it would be great. But, as a "companion" story to the all-time classic novel Rebecca; it absolutely makes my hair stand on end. First of all, Rebecca is my favorite ...more
B the BookAddict
Colonel Julyan is one of the few people alive who actually knew the real Rebecca. When he receives an anonymous package concerning Rebecca, the famed Mrs De Winter, he decides once and for all to investigate and set straight the mystery surrounding Rebecca and her death.

I am such a fan of the original story and I've got to say that Sally Beauman tells an excellent story here. She sets the tone of the story in her own style and it is one which compliments Du Maurier's tone. I loved this book and
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Seth
Oct 05, 2007 Seth rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with not much else to read
Shelves: other-fiction
The theme of Rebecca's Tale is recovering from lost love, both departed and unrequited. It's a great theme. Sally Beauman tells the story of Rebecca's life through two characters who are researching her history: Tom Gray, a Scottish scholar with hidden obsessions and a hidden life, and Ellie Julian, the daughter of Colonel Julyan, and a significant minor character in the first book.

It sounds like a great setup: use uncovering Rebecca's past to throw an ongoing love-story into relief, ensure the
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Cristen
I thought this book excellently filled in some of the gaps left open in Rebecca. Specifically, I always questioned exactly how “evil” and calculating Rebecca really was and whether she was as cold and unreachable as Maxim describes her to be. It also in a way answers the reader’s questions about Maxim’s true feelings for Rebecca and his haste at marrying his second wife, as well as his coldness and irritation with her at the beginning of their marriage. I think this book plays wonderfully on the ...more
Debbie
Our reading group read Rebbeca which was enjoyed by all, then a few months later read Rebecca'a tale. I would strongly recommend that if you intend buying both books you read Rebecca first.

Before I even opened the first page I didnt like it. Firstly I didnt like that Beauman was cashing in on the success of Rebecca, secondly Rebecca was supposed to be mysterious. Rebecca was dead in DuMaurier's book but her presense was felt on every page, that was the very essence of the book. The reader exper
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Rebekkila
April 1951. It has been twenty years since the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful wife of Maxim De Winter, and twenty years since Manderley, the de Winter family's estate, was destroyed by fire. But Rebecca's tale is just beginning.Colonel Julyan, an old family friend, receives an anonymous package concerning Rebecca. An inquisitive young scholar named Terence Gray appears and stirs up the quiet seaside hamlet with questions about the past and the close ties he soon forges with the Colon ...more
Naomi
Aug 07, 2013 Naomi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Book clubs
Recommended to Naomi by: Pam (book club)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book kept me completely hooked throughout. It had many twists and turns and left you wondering what would happen next even on the last few pages. There was lots of depth to the characters and they all had their own individual personalitys. All of the characters in the book were all deeply affected by Rebecca and they all had their own journeys and life decisions to make whilst trying to put the peices together and finally put Rebecca to rest.
I really would hi
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Kristen
I really liked the book Rebecca, so I read this immediately after. I really enjoyed the mystery element, and took a liking to the elderly Colonel Julyan. Beauman does a fantastic job at grabbing the reader. I was almost as intrigued by this novel as I was with De Maurier's. However, I didn't care much for the ending. I thought the first half of the book was much more interesting. Somewhere after that it became too chick-lit for my taste. I'll be honest, I found the whole unanswered questions end ...more
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Sally Kinsey-Miles was born on 25 July 1944 in Devon, England, UK. She graduated from Girton College, Cambridge (MA in English Literature) She married Christopher Beauman an economist. After graduating, she moved with her husband to the USA, where she lived for three years, first in Washington DC, then New York, and travelled extensively. She began her career as a journalist in Am
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