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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Review: The King's General

I have never been disappointed with any of Daphne DuMaurier's work. She masterfully weaves her story, building believable characters while adding a sense of foreboding--one of her trademarks. Usually something tragic unfolds or there is a dark secret or both. The King's General falls under the gothic category and DuMarier did extensive historical research.

The main character in this story is a beautiful but wild eighteen-year-old girl named Honor Harris. The youngest in her family, she has been spoiled. Her beauty and unwieldiness culminate in rebellion when she meets up with Richard Grenvile who is a commander in the king's army and who has a reputation for strictness with his men, cruelty to those in defiance and womanizing. The story begins in 1653 just prior to civil war (one of several in England) and as Honor defies her mother's order to stop seeing Grenvlle, we know the stage is set for tragic love. Like a moth to a flame we can only watch knowing that everyone who comes in close contact with the Grenviles is doomed to be used or crushed.  I won't giveaway too much of the details but suffice it to say that I keep very few books after reading them but this one is going on my shelf. I'm giving this a rare five out of five stars.

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