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Lady Dona

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  9,730 Ratings  ·  829 Reviews
De oostkust van Engeland, de schitterende streek die Cornwall heet, wordt geteisterd en geplunderd door een geheimzinnige Franse piraat die zijn thuishaven heeft gevonden in een baai aan de monding van de Helfordrivier. Als de mooie lady Dona op een keer door de bossen dwaalt, stuit ze bij toeval op de schuilplaats van een kaperschip en haar stoutmoedige Franse kapitein. D ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published 1969 by Van Holkema & Warendorf (first published September 1941)
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"Do you remember my father’s aviary in Hampshire, and how the birds there were well fed, and could fly about their cage? And one day I set a linnet free, and it flew straight out of my hands towards the sun?... Because I feel like that. Like the linnet before it flew."

If you’ve ever felt confined, if you’ve ever felt like just throwing all caution to the wind and escaping, then you can empathize with Dona St. Columb, the heroine of this delightful adventure! Now, I know what you are thinking, be
Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier is a 2003 publication. (This novel was originally published in 1941)

Adventurous and unique side of Daphne du Maurier-

Bored in her marriage, Dona heads to her husband Harry’s estate in Cornwall for some time to herself. Right away, she becomes embroiled in the adventure of the pirate 'Jean-Benoit Aubéry.' She dares to let her true nature emerge, wearing men’s clothes, and joining in the intrigue and a little romance.

However, her fun is often foiled by Rock
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book.

It had pirates.

It had Frenchmen.

It had a love story.

It had intrigue.

It had scandal.

It had clean language.

It had beautiful writing.

It's a great read.

Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Lovers of Adventure
Shelves: top, i-said, killer-prose
Suddenly the sails caught the breeze and filled, they bellied out in the wind, lovely and white and free, the gulls rose in a mass, screaming above the masts, the setting sun caught the   painted ship in a gleam of gold, and silently, stealthily, leaving a long dark ripple behind her, the ship stole in towards the land.  And a feeling came upon Dona, as though a hand touched her heart, and a voice whispered in her brain, “I shall remember this.”  A premonition of wonder, of fear, of sudden stran ...more
4+ Stars. Daphne du Maurier brings her true love of boating and the sea to life in this most enjoyable 17th century atmospheric tale of swashbuckling fun.

The excitement begins soon after Lady Dona leaves London society.....and her (foolish) baronet husband.....for their country home and a much needed respite away from everyday boredom and a loveless marriage.

With two children and nanny in tow, Dona is finally free to avail herself of sun and solace with long walks in the woods and thoughts of a

An enjoyable read but really just a historical romance and lacking the suspense and mystery of Rebecca or Jamaica Inn. Her writing is as usual superb and I loved her descriptions of Cornwall and the Helford Passage which is as beautiful as she makes it sound. Altogether a very readable book especially for anyone who likes a light romance but not one of du Maurier's best works.
Natalie Richards
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
I know that if I ever need a book which is guaranteed to transport me to another time and place, and which I know that I am going to thoroughly enjoy,then I need look no further than du Maurier.
Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, it's not often I pick up a novel and barely move from my chair until I've finished it. I'm not that kind of reader. But this one really held me. It's Du Maurier at her usual high standard, this one about, of all things, a swashbuckling pirate raiding the south coast of England in the late 17th century and the young woman who is swept off her feet by his brashness and romantic mystery. What could be more trite? Errol Flynn made a living doing versions of this. But Du Maurier does it so much ...more
Kelly ...
Daphne du Maurier enthralls and enchants me again. This book is less foreboding than others but is still wonderful. What is not to love about French pirates wooing an English woman and then allowing her to live a moment as a pirate herself? What is not to love about beautifully written prose and a very feminist slant? There is very little about which to complain in any of du Maurier's books. I have now read 8 of them and am on the hunt to find her others.
Natalie Vellacott
Described as a modern classic. I recognised the author's name having watched the film, Rebecca a number of times.

Lady Dona St Columb is trapped in a loveless marriage and in societal routines that she detests. She has a streak of recklessness and always a strong desire to escape her circumstances should the opportunity arise. On a whim, she retires alone to their second residence for a break from life. There she chances upon Frenchman's Creek, a favourite spot for pirates, and meets the French
Allie Riley
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lady Dona St Columb, is bored stiff with London society and her stifling marriage to her stupid, drunkard husband Sir Harry. Desperate for escape she takes her children and their nursemaid Prue to the family house in Navron, Cornwall perchance to be rid of Harry and, in some way, to start again. Soon after arriving she learns that the coast is cursed by piracy, in particular the doings of the French pirate Jean Aubrey. This appeals to her sense of adventure and fun, so once their paths cross it ...more
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Mar 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set during the reign of Charles II, Lady Dona St. Columb finally tires of her husband and his hard playing friends and abandons London for their estate in Cornwall. Dona and her children thrive in the country life, but not all is as it seems - there's a bit of a mystery surrounding the servant in charge of the house, let alone wondering who has been sleeping in her room and left behind a pouch of tobacco and a book of poetry.

The locals are restless with the recent attacks from French pirates an

"[W]e are all cogs in a wheel, and mothers especially. It is only pirates who are free."

A timeless classic that begs to be read for the shear joy of thrilling adventure, daring romance, decorous prose, and literary awesomeness.

"He has it that those who live a normal life in this world of ours, are forced into habits, into customs, into a rule of life that eventually kills all initiative, all spontaneity. A man becomes a cog in the wheel, part of a system. But because a pirate is a rebel and a
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Du Maurier writes well, but this book was just not for me. My problems with it are in the spoilers. Most of my reasons are personal rather than an assessment of the book's objective qualities:

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Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, 2013
cross-posted at booklikes and the mo-centric universe.

a few months of staring blankly into space means that finishing this book was a major accomplishment for me. normally, it would have been a quick read but for this cursed lack of focus.. anyway, it is a simple little romance, and i do like enigmatic, artistic pirates very much, so i found some fun in frenchman's creek. i wasn't crazy about it, though, beyond the eponymous pirate.

the heroine, lady dona st. columb starts off very precious, dr
Bree Hill
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My heart is so full right now after finishing this book. Daphne Du Maurier wrote the hell out of this book. It's only about 270 pages and I loved every word, every sentence that made this story. This will go on my list of stories that I won't go a day without thinking of. Seriously wish I could go back and experience it for the first time all over again.
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am sitting here at my desk looking at my library book. It has pink and blue and yellow post it notes sticking out of the top and side of the book on so many of the pages! I used them to mark the pages where I thought there were a few wonderful lines or a memorable scene or dialogue as I read. On some, I wrote a comment or a note to remind me what happened in the chapter. I like to go back to them when I am done reading. I always think I will want to add some of the lines or notes when I write ...more
Diane Lynn
What a romantic tale, I loved it. It started a little slow but quickly picked up steam and I ended up reading it in one day. Daphne du Maurier has such an elegant way of describing Cornwall, the sea, and her characters. Especially the artist-philosopher-pirate and master of La Mouette, Jean Benoit Aubery. Throw in lots of adventure, danger and daring escapes and this story is a real winner.
3.5 stars
Lady Dona St. Columb, an 18th-century aristocrat married to a baronet, flees from an over-indulgent life in London, away from the tedium of King Charles II's court, to the family's house in Cornwall.

Lady Dona is self-willed and obstinate, frustrated and unhappy with her life. Suffocated by her boring marriage and foppish husband, she seeks escape in reckless ways. By the time she meets the French pirate, Jean-Benoit Aubéry, she's ripe for adventure and passion. The tale's romantic buil
At first this seemed like just the exploits of a headstrong, lonely, bored aristocrat in a fairly standard romantic, escapist fantasy. The more I thought about this book though, the more it seemed like Du Maurier was writing about her own feelings of being a wife and mother and the sacrifice and limits that she felt came with those identities.

Daphne Du Maurier’s husband played a vital role in the 2nd World War and was away from home for much of the time. During his absence, Daphne, her children
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

After reading and falling in love with Rebecca when I was a teenager, I started but failed to finish My Cousin Rachel and Jamaica Inn. I gave up on them because they weren't like Rebecca. I then gave up on du Maurier, having decided that she had only written one good novel. That was a long time ago. I recently listened to an audiobook of Rebecca as a buddy read with my friend Jemidar. We both liked the book just as much as we had when we first read it. That experience prompted a buddy read of th
At first, I couldn't decide whether to give it three or four stars. With such high expectations the story came off a little flat, I guess. The characters have to be very interesting and truthful to captivate me. I would have liked to get to know the Frenchman better. Either he was one dimensional or I didn't get a chance to figure him out, which is sad because he was a charming fellow. However, something seems to be missing. The author has a wonderful way of writing when it comes to everything e ...more
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This restoration set romance about a flighty Lady and the charming pirate she becomes involved with is so far removed from the kind of stuff I normally read that I almost think I enjoyed it out of sheer novelty.

Memo to self: try to surprise yourself more in your reading.

A capricious aristocrat with a risqué reputation and a headstrong nature, leaves her husband behind in London and heads to his familial home in Cornwall. She’s looking for adventure and – as is the nature of these things – gets
Connie (Ava Catherine)
I fell in love with Daphne du Maurier's writing in high school and thought I had read all of her works several times over. What a delight it was to find this treasure. I escaped with Dona and the Frenchman one afternoon and loved every minute I spent with them. A lovely adventure with pirates, romance, and plenty of fools to round out the picture. I cannot think of a more delightful way to while away an afternoon.
Alex is The Romance Fox
This is one of my favorite Daphne du Maurier's books.....pirates, secret affairs, meetings at night, smugglers told against the background of Cornwall.
I have read this book a few times and still I am captivated by the story of a love that cannot be, the two main characters who embark on an incredible adventure.
Wildly romantic and unforgettable.
Christina Toppen
I'd say my ramblings here are my opinion rather than a proper review. You've been warned; continue reading if you will. I loved this book. The characters and plot call to mind a well-written, chick-lit, beach read - but one written in the 1940's. Were chick-lit and beach read genres then? Anyway, the story starts somewhat slowly, but before long I was thoroughly engrossed. The book has been criticized as being frivolous and escapist. But, it has much to say on the limited options of women in the ...more
Четох "Заливът на французина" за пръв път в пубертета и тогава възприех книгата по доста елементарен начин - като любовна история. Сега, след години, виждам ясно втория пласт на произведението - една дълбока тъга и негодувание срещу женската съдба, срещу биологичната котва, която лишава жените от възможността да нахранят приключенската си природа. Струва ми се, че в тази книга е изобразена самата авторка и недоволството ѝ от решетките на семейния живот, зад които е затворена. "Заливът на француз ...more
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read and loved Rebecca as a teenager, and am unsure why I never sought out any of the other novels by the author, but after reading this book I will be sure to do so. I am so glad that Sourcebooks is reprinting this, and hope that it can find its way to many other people who have missed it, as I have.

On the rare occasion I have the experience where book and mood meet perfectly. This happened with Frenchman's Creek, a book I am sure that I would have very much enjoyed no matter my mood, but w
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Beautiful, headstrong Lady Dona St Columb is weary of her life, disillusioned of her social set, her husband Harry and his friend Lord Rockingham, disgusted with herself and the pranks she's done out of boredom and an urge for adventure. On a whim she packs up her two small children and their nurse and takes them with her to their Cornwall estate of Navron, which she hasn't visited since she was a bride.

Dona settles quickly into the leisurely pace and wilderness of Navron, which has been maintai
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