Rebecca By Daphne Du Maurier

Special Hardback 80th Anniversary Editon, review is based on this copy. 

  Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .   Working as a lady's companion, the orphaned heroine of  Rebecca  learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate, Manderley, on the Cornish Coast, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers . . .  Not since  Jane Eyre  has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never been out of print,  Rebecca  is the haunting story of a young woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .

Working as a lady's companion, the orphaned heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Life begins to look very bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to his brooding estate, Manderley, on the Cornish Coast, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding Mrs Danvers . . .

Not since Jane Eyre has a heroine faced such difficulty with the Other Woman. An international bestseller that has never been out of print, Rebecca is the haunting story of a young woman consumed by love and the struggle to find her identity.

I am going to start with this gorgeous edition, and when reading the book realised the relevance of the initial the more I read. 

I would have got round to reading Rebecca at some point, but this edition made sure I wanted to sooner. I am also going to have to admit I would possibly not read this or any edition if it wasn't for it being in my friends top 5 read list. 

The issue being that I saw it is historical classic, and Rebecca is - but it is so much more than that and it isn't a dated read. I have read more recent Historical Fiction Books that are steeped in history and read more dated than this. So I was hesitant in picking this book up. 

It is a captivating, and the descriptive nature - which again isn't to my usual enjoyment - It is told from the new Mrs De Winters point of view, her eyes and thoughts seeped in unrest and her behaviour is antsy, she can't quite settle in to her new role as easily as she assumed she may have. 

Manderly being in her life from a young age, her possession of a post card, set her love affair for this gorgeous home. 

At times her character did frustrate me, but I also felt for her and could understand her reactions to her predicament. 

As much as Mrs Danvers, the house keeper is creepy, I loved her character portrayal, her darkness, brought in the perfect unsettlement to the second Mrs De Winters. 

I was unsure of my likeness of Max De Maurier, from the outset although he was grieving for his first wife, I didn't quite take to him all the way through the book and felt he could have helped his new wife so much more, he was slightly aloof and standoffish.... 

All these layers, elements gave the right setting for the dark undertones of the book. 

I was captivated and enthralled by the style of Du Mauriers writing and her imagination brought Manderly to life within the pages of Rebecca. 

Rebecca is full of suspense, intrigue, dark, romantic, mystery and so, so atmospheric - 

Du Maurier has written one of the most descriptive stories with sinister running through it's spine. The undertone of dread is there all the way through the book.. 

In some ways this book should have been a fairytale. It definitely isn't and I loved it. 

it will make one of my all time favourite reads, for a variety of reasons and I for one will put it aside to re-read, and I rarely do that with books. 

Highly, highly recommend this book and it will be one I shall add to my top 5 reads also. The first line that is so well know grabbed my attention and I fell under the spell of Rebecca also, but from the second De Winters telling.