Over the Christmas Break in between Turkey and Family time I read Rebecca by Daphne Du Marnier. This was my first time reading anything from this author. My expectations were borderline. I can be a picky reader sometimes. However the synopsis on the back cover peaked my interest.
The story begins with the words “Last Night I Dreamt I Went To Manderley Again.” Spoken by the narrator/second wife of Maxim De Winter. Interesting tidbit Ms. Du Marnier never gave her a first name so she is only known as Mrs. De Winter through out the book. After a brief courtship Maxim marries the Mrs De Winter. Now the real mystery begins as Mrs De Winter learns more about her new husband and of the previous his relationship with his first wife Rebecca.
As Max and Mrs De Winter return to his estate Manderlay on the Cornish coast!, we meet the mysterious servant Mrs Danvers who is still fiercely loyal to Rebecca. Throughout the book Mrs. De Winter unravels the mystery that is Rebecca and continual hold that she possess over Maxim De Winter and Manderlay.
Daphne Du Marnier does a wonderful job of making you feel as though you are experiencing everything first hand. I am highly recommending this book for anyone who loves suspense stories with lots of plot twists and turns.
I must admit I was curious about 50 Shades of Grey. It seemed like everywhere I went I was surrounded by people reading it or discussing it. Finally I had to see what all the hype was all about so I borrowed the trilogy.
Several chapters into it I found myself losing interest. I wasn’t particularly fond of Anastasia, the lead character. Sorry but she was a bit too whiny for my liking. I know that the character is supposed to be 21 years old but come on. I would have love it she had more of a backbone (…wishful thinking on my part).
After many coincidental meetings with Christian Grey. The guy is a stalker of epic proportions in my opinion. He reveals his BDSM lifestyle to her. Christian Grey wants Ana to be his submissive. She agrees to it after a few days of considering it….and tet the spanking and tying up began….
Ana slowly adapts to the submissive role. Soon she begins to enjoy it. The following chapters have Christian and Ana having sex all over the place. It got to the point where I thought of them as two rabbits who just couldn’t get enough of it. Somewhere in the middle of the sex escapades, there were some genuine sweet moments. One of those moments was when Christian took Ana hang gliding for the first time. Another were the constant email banter between Christian and Ana.
Everything was going great for Ana and Christian until what would be the abrupt ending. It seemed like the author ran out of steam; however, I was intrigued enough to want to see what happens next….