Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
Rebecca is one of my absolute favorite books ever since I read it as part of a Jane Eyre course, so I was delighted when I got my friends to read it with me and then spend a couple hours discussing it while stuck in a car driving from Seattle to Portland. The book is beautifully and lovingly written while still having the suspense and non-stop drama of a modern thriller. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it.
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