DD is just turning 12 and an avid reader, and has now discovered Daphne du Maurier. She absolutely loved Rebecca and Jamaica Inn and would love to read more but I am unsure which ones to go for next as these are the only two I have read
Thank you, I think I'll get them as an extra birthday present for her. I knew the plot of Frenchman's Creek, but not My Cousin Rachel. Having looked it up I think she will enjoy it. She was thrilled at being totally surprised by the ending of Jamaica Inn!
Frenchman's Creek was the first one I read at about 12, and I loved it. I re-read it as an adult and realised there were bits I just hadn't understood as a girl! I do think it's a lovely book, and I hope your daughter enjoys it.
Takver, I'm not too worried about censoring her reading material. She has read the awful Twilight series, which is awful in so many ways, so I'm pretty sure Daphne du Maurier can't be more unsuitable than that (plus it will have an exciting plot and good writing!)
Can I admit to not knowing about Georgette Heyer (I'll pretend she was never known in France, shall I?)? Might look into her now.
Catsycat, I think she will definitely enjoy the romance and adventure in Frenchman's Creek (and that some notions will go right over her head, but that's fine!).
Anyway, I have bought Frenchman's Creek and My Cousin Rachel and she will get them as a surprise early birthday present tonight.
I was about that age when i got "in" to Ddm. The King's General was my favourite. Also read at around the same age, with similar sort of historical themes: Jean Plaidy, Mary Renault, Mary Stewart's Arthurian novels (and also loved her more modern ones, too; IIRC nothing I wouldn't want a mature 12 year old reading)
I loved DdM when I was younger. I have kept the box set of 4 I had as a Christmas present (it was the 4 books mentioned). I have also kept Lorna Doone which I also remember loving but I cant quite remember the plot. May be an alternative ? although not sure of suitable age. Might have to re-read.