Throwback Thursday : Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier

Throwback Thursday, is a new feature created by Tenacious Reader with the aim of  highlighting books from the past. This can be virtually anything, a book from your past that you loved, a book that you want to highlight again, maybe it’s a book in a series and the next book is due out shortly so you want to focus some attention on the series.   Anything goes – so long as your book isn’t a current release as there are already plenty of ways to highlight the latest books.  

The book I’d like to highlight this week is : Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier

Perhaps not as well known as DuMaurier’s Rebecca but an excellent read with a very dark secret at its heart.  I loved this book when I originally read it – in fact after reading Rebecca I had something of a binge read of many of her books.  This was pre blog and so I have no review – perhaps I should have a reread!  I love DuMaurier’s writing style and the fact that she uses the Cornish coastline as inspiration for many of her novels.  She’s a wonderful storyteller and I heartily recommend this book.

JamaicaInn.jpgThe coachman tried to warn her away from the ruined, forbidding place on the rainswept Cornish coast. But young Mary Yellan chose instead to honor her mother’s dying request that she join her frightened Aunt Patience and huge, hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn at Jamaica Inn. From her first glimpse on that raw November eve, she could sense the inn’s dark power. But never did Mary dream that she would become hopelessly ensnared in the vile, villainous schemes being hatched within its crumbling walls — or that a handsome, mysterious stranger would so incite her passions … tempting her to love a man whom she dares not trust.


12 Responses to “Throwback Thursday : Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier”

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Definitely not as well known because I wasn’t even aware she wrote a book called Jamaica Inn! I still gotta read Rebecca though 😛

    • @lynnsbooks

      I liked this one – it’s definitely a favourite although Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel take the top two spots. This has a really good dark theme, set at Jamaica Inn and explores smuggles and wreckers. Definitely worth a read.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Scrum_Jet

    Not her best, but a lot of fun and I think you can already see her later themes developing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Rebecca is my absolute favourite without doubt but I do like the dark themes explored in this one and the characters are great.
      Lynn 😀

      • Scrum_Jet

        Love Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel. I’d like to read some of her later works like The Scapegoat.

      • @lynnsbooks

        I need to look more at her backlist too – I’ve got the House on the Strand waiting to be read and have heard good things.
        Lynn 😀

  3. waytoofantasy

    This one is definitely on my TBR list! I am a huge fan of Rebecca. ❤

    • @lynnsbooks

      This is in my top 3 in fact I probably rate this higher than My Cousin Rachel – but I think most people would disagree. I love the dangerous element and the romance between Mary and Jem Merlyn.
      Lynn 😀

      • waytoofantasy

        I’ll have to see if my library has it, no excuse not to check it out then! 🙂

      • @lynnsbooks

        Fingers crossed they have a copy for you 😀

  4. vacuouswastrel

    Did you notice Jamaica Inn in the news recently (the inn, I mean, not the novel)? Due to a snowstorm, 140 travellers had to unexpectedly take refuge there. Cars were stranded, so everyone had to abandon them and head for Jamaica Inn, some apparently walking seven miles to get there through the snow, to sleep on the floor in the warmth.

    It’s the sort of incident that makes historical novels feel more real – one of the rare moments in which a little bit of pre-contemporary existence bursts into our otherwise rather sheltered lives…

    (also, a good premise for a novel… or canterbury tales/decameron-style short story collection?)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I did see Jamaica Inn in the news. I think that night could make an excellent story – trudging through the dark wintery snow to spend the night at the famous Inn on the moor.
      Lynn 😀

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