Daily Archives for: January 31st, 2015

Jamaica Inn by Daphne du Maurier (1936)

Jamaica Inn, a 1936 novel by British author Daphne du Maurier, is a period piece set in Cornwall, England of the early 1800s. Du Maurier was inspired by a stay at the actual Jamaica Inn, located at Bodmin Moor. Central to the story is a group of “wreckers” — murderers who run ships aground, kill sailors, and steal cargo.

The heroine of the tale is Mary Yellan, a young woman of twenty-three when the story opens. Upon her mother’s death, Mary moves from the farm in Helford where she was raised, to live with her mother’s sister. Her Aunt Patience is married to a vicious drunkard and giant of a man named Joss Merlyn, who has her completely intimidated. Read More→

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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908)

Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by L. M. (Lucy Maud) Montgomery, a beloved Canadian author. It was a smash success from the moment it was published, appealing to readers of all ages and backgrounds.

Anne Shirley is a dreamy, imaginative 11-year-old orphan girl mistakenly sent to middle-aged brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who meant to adopt a boy to help on their farm.

Set in Prince Edward Island, where the author grew up, the original volume and its sequel follows Anne from her arrival in the fictional town of Avonlea, through school, college, marriage, and motherhood. Read More→

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