This book was started by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch but he died before he could complete it. Years later his daughter asked Daphne du Maurier to complete it, he had set it aside near the end of a chapter about half-way through. Du Maurier had met ‘Q’ when she was a child and thought she would be able to recapture something of his mood.
The lovers in this case are Amyot, a French onion seller who had been abused by the master of the ship that he been working on, and Linnet who is a young girl who has recently married a man much older than she is. It’s set in the 1860s.
This book wasn’t a great success for me, I usually particularly enjoy du Maurier’s books which have a Cornish setting but this one is just a retelling of the legend of Tristan and Iseult, or Isolde if you prefer. If you’re into that sort of thing then this might just be the book for you, but it’s certainly no Rebecca.
I’m hoping to work my way through all Daphne du Maurier’s books eventually and this one was on my 2011 Reading List but I don’t think that it’s a book which du Maurier herself would have chosen to start writing. I hadn’t read anything by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch before this. Has anybody read his books?