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Classic…that’s what you would have to call the novel Rebecca¬†by Daphne du Maurier. It’s not the

latest read hot read, but it was the May selection for our book club. I probably would not have otherwise picked it up, but once I got started I truly enjoyed it.

The book was written in 1938 and although sometimes the pace of the story was a bit slow it Rebecca17899948moved into a suspenseful plot and unforgettable characters. With the most delicate brush strokes duMaurier painted a moody and dark picture of the house and grounds known as Manderley- on the seaside of Southwest England. Throughout the story a young bride battles the ghost of her husband’s now dead first wife–Rebecca. The narrator of the story is known only by the name of Mrs. deWinter, her first name is never given.

I enjoyed the Afterward almost as much as I did the book. It gave great insight into the life of duMaurier herself, which in turn gave me a deeper understanding of why she portrayed the narrating character as she did. For the time, this was extremely courageous writing.

This is not the type of book you hurry through. To read Rebecca, you need to settle with a warm cup of tea, some tasty biscuits and a cozy fire, but once you do, it is a rewarding read.

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.


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