My Cousin Rachel

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Virago, 2003 - Cornwall (England : County) - 335 pages
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"The gripping story of a Victorian young man whose placid life in the English countryside is turned inside-out by an older woman. The young man is Philip Ashley, the novel's narrator. Orphaned at an early age, he's been raised by his bachelor uncle Ambrose, who falls in love and marries while traveling in Florence, then dies there in suspicious circumstances. Shortly after her husband's death, Ambrose's widow turns up in England, setting the stage for the unfolding of a relationship between the callow Philip and the beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious widow. And while Philip impetuously embraces the role of the moth flapping full-tilt toward the flame, the widow never puts a foot wrong. Is she designedly luring Philip to his doom? Might she even have had a hand in Ambrose's death?"--Publisher.

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User Review  - Yuki-Onna - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed My cousin Rachel. Intrigues, love, murder, mistrust and deceit among the landed gentry in Cornwall in the 19th century. My only criticism is that it would have done the book good if ... Read full review

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User Review  - JalenV - LibraryThing

I'd read du Maurier's Rebecca decades ago, but had never gotten around to reading My Cousin Rachel until now. I'm barely past the first chapter and already the novel is warning us that we're in for a ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Daphne du Maurier (1907-89) was born in London, the daughter of the famous actor-manager Sir Gerald du Maurier and granddaughter of George du Maurier, the author and artist. In 1931 her first novel, The Loving Spirit, was published. A biography of her father and three other novels followed, but it was the novel Rebecca that launched her into the literary stratosphere and made her one of the most popular authors of her day. In 1932, du Maurier married Major Frederick Browning, with whom she had three children.Many of du Maurier's bestselling novels and short stories were adapted into award-winning films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now. In 1969 du Maurier was awarded a DBE. She lived most of her life in Cornwall, the setting for many of her books.

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