Honor Harris is only 18 when she first meets Richard Grenvile, proud, reckless - and utterly captivating. But following a riding accident, Honor must reconcile herself to a life alone. As the English Civil war is waged across the country, Richard rises through the ranks of the army, marries and makes enemies, and Honor remains true to him.
Decades later, an undaunted Sir Richard, now a general serving King Charles I, finds her. Finally they can share their passion in the ruins of her family's great estate on the storm-tossed Cornish coast - one last time before being torn apart, never to embrace again.
©1946 Daphne du Maurier (P)2014 Hachette Audio
"Daphne du Maurier is a magician, a virtuoso. She can conjure up tragedy, tension, suspense, the ridiculous, the vain, the romantic." (Good Housekeeping)
I can't believe it took me 48 years to discover this classic! A must read and so brilliantly written! Daphne du Maurier weaves such a compelling story!
I've spent my entire life around the written word - writing it, editing it, teaching it. So, it's no wonder I also love to read it!
I liked this book but didn't love it as much as other books by du Maurier. It's a piece of historical fiction and the characters are real and face many difficult obstacles. The crux of the story involves an enduring romance between Richard Grenville, the King's General, and Honor Harris, a woman from a gentrified family whom he meets when she is 18 and he is 10 years her senior. On the eve of their wedding, she suffers a terrible fall and becomes paralyzed. She does not want Richard to have to tend to her for the rest of her life so she turns away from him. Richard moves on with his life, marrying a woman for her money and bearing several children, but his first and only love is and always will be Honor.
We follow their relationship as Britain engages in a vile civil war, with Richard serving as the brains and brawn beside the King. But, as the war begins to go the way of the Parliamenters, Richard's life becomes even more endangered and Honor does what she can to protect him and keep him safe.
The book moves along apace and it's extremely well-written and informative (I had little knowledge of the British Civil War). I wish I liked Richard better as a character but he is so stiff and arrogant and even grumpy, that I often wondered why Honor ever fell in love with him in the first place, let alone remain in love with him through all the years of their lives.
The book ends without complete satisfaction for the reader. But, still, it was an involving adventure.
Juliet Stevenson is, as usual, fantastic. Her voice is so lilting and she does both male and female characters with confidence and care. I never have trouble understanding her. She makes everything better!
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