Our precious Grandboy has the chicken pox, so I took some time off from teaching school last week and drove to Portland to be a helpful Grammy. Our poor miserable three-year old and I played with cars and trains for most of the weekend while his exhausted parents were able get caught up on household chores and errands that needed to be run. It was, of course, a joy to be with him, even though he didn’t feel well. And my solo drive there and back home (because Grandpa couldn’t go with me) was made very enjoyable by listening to an audiobook of Daphne du Maurier’s Frenchman’s Creek. I have now become a completely devoted Daphne du Maurier fan.
Frenchman’s Creek is a wonderful adventure of an English lady (on hiatus from London, staying in the family home on the coast of Cornwall) and a French pirate. Oh, the adventure! and oh, the romance! I love du Maurier’s strong women characters, and she is simply one of the best storytellers. So if you have an occasion to leave your everyday life for a few days of something unexpected, take along some Daphne Du Maurier with you. It’s a real treat.