Rebecca's Tale

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Compass Press, 2002 - Cornwall (England : County) - 681 pages
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Twenty years after the death of Rebecca, the hauntingly beautiful first wife of Maxim de Winter, family friend Colonel Julyan receives an anonymous parcel. It contains a notebook labeled Rebecca's Tale, a photograph of Rebecca as a young child, and a postcard of Manderley, the de Winter's family seat, which was razed to the ground after Rebecca's death.Scholar Terence Gray has also appeared in town, looking for clues to Rebecca's life and death. His presence causes a stir, and the tongues that wagged about Rebecca now attend to the close ties Gray has formed to the Colonel and his daughter, Ellie.Ellie, Gray, and the Colonel begin a search for the real Rebecca. Was she the manipulative, promiscuous woman her husband claimed, or the Gothic heroine of tragic proportions that others have suggested? Was her death suicide, or was it murder?Sally Beauman has taken Daphne du Maurier's celebrated twentieth-century classic, Rebecca, and crafted a compelling companion for the twenty-first century.

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User Review  - nossanna - LibraryThing

I am a big fan of Daphne du Maurier, especially Rebecca, so just had to pick this up and read. This follow-on to Rebecca occurs about 20 years after her death, wrapping stories up, creating more ... Read full review

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User Review  - bnbookgirl - LibraryThing

#unreadshelfproject2019. I really had high hopes for this book. I was really disappointed. It went in far to long and many of the characters were overkill. I enjoyed it when I first started it, but ... Read full review

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Sally Beauman was born in Paignton, Devon, England on July 25, 1944. She read English literature at Girton College, Cambridge. While living in the United States, she worked as a staff writer for New York magazine before becoming an associate editor. She moved to London in 1970 and became the editor of Queen Magazine. After that, she worked as a freelancer for Vogue, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, and the Observer. She was the first winner of the Catherine Pakenham award for journalism. Under the pseudonym Vanessa James, Beauman wrote seven Harlequin romances in the 1980s including The Fire and the Ice and Give Me This Night. The first novel written under her own name was Destiny, which was published in 1987. Her other novels included Dark Angel, Lovers and Liars, Danger Zones, Sextet, Rebecca's Tale, The Landscape of Love, and The Visitors. She died of cancer on July 7, 2016 at the age of 71.

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