Jamaica Inn, by Daphne du Maurier, is a rip-roaring adventure story/gothic romance, and as I listened to the audiobook version of it (narrated by Barbara Rosenblatt), my knitting got faster and faster. This is my third Du Maurier. As a teenager, I loved her book, Rebecca. A few years ago, I enjoyed listening the The House of the Strand. So I couldn’t resist the call of Jamaica Inn when searching through books on tape at the library.
You become completely engrossed with Du Maurier’s stories and characters, and in this book that character is a young, strong-spirited woman who comes to Jamaica Inn to live with her aunt after her mother dies. Right from the very beginning Mary Yellen knows that things weren’t right at Jamaica Inn. The townspeople won’t go near it. Her aunt is clearly beaten down and frightened of every little thing, and when Mary Yellen meets her loud, abusive uncle, and his horse thief brother, her life will never be the same.
The coast of Cornwall is, as always, another major character in Du Maurier’s books, and I loved her vivid descriptions of the moors and the rugged coastline. I’ve ordered another Du Maurier, Frenchman’s Creek, from the library, so I won’t have to leave that Cornwall for awhile yet.