She set men's hearts on fire and scandalized a country.
An ambitious, stunning, and seductive young woman, Mary Anne finds the single most rewarding way to rise above her station: She will become the mistress to a royal duke. In doing so, she provokes a scandal that rocks Regency England.
A vivid portrait of sex, ambition, and corruption, Mary Anne is set during the Napoleonic Wars and based on Daphne du Maurier's own great-great-grandmother.
©1954 Estate of Daphne du Maurier. Copyright renewed. (P)2014 Hachette Audio
I've been a fan of du Maurier's Rebecca, so I took a chance on purchasing Mary Anne. So glad I did...now I'm hooked on Daphne du Maurier, and I can't wait to get another book. Beautifully performed by Carole Boyd..great vocals for both men and women as well as accents.
This novel is based on DuMauriers great grandmothers life. She was very good at getting what she wanted by nanipulation especially getting men under her spell. She lived by her wits. Women were at the mercy of men at this time. They couldn't have careers. They had to rely on their family or marry into money. An interesting read.
Wonderful story; told in a marvelously vintage manner - vivid descriptions; well-developed characters; outstanding plot. DuMaurier is a master story-teller.
Daphne Du Maurier is as compelling an author of historical fiction as she is in the mystery and horror genres. Knowing that the main character was based on the author's own ancestor adds even more interest and authenticity. I am eager to do some research into the facts of the case!
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