2009 "First Edition: December 2009" stated; Minotaur Books, New York; hardbound with hunter green boards and silver lettering on spine; very good condition, appears unread; dust jacket very good.
Young Daphne du Maurier is headstrong, adventurous, and standing on the cusp of greatness.
Walking on the cliffs in Cornwall on a dark and storym day just after the Great War has finally come to an end, Daphne stumbles upon the drowned body of a beautiful woman, dressed only in a nightgown, her hair strewn along the rocks, her eyes gazing up to the heavens. Daphne soon learns that the mysterious woman was engaged to marry Lord Hartley of Padthaway, an Elizabethan mansion full of intriguing secrets.
As the daughter of the famous Sir Gerald du Maurier, Daphne is welcomed into the Hartley home, but when the drowning of Miss Victoria Bastion turns out to be murder, Daphne determines to get to the bottom of the mysteries of Padthaway - in part to find fresh inspiration for her writing, and in part because she is irresistibly drawn to the romance of grand houses and long-buried sercrets...