I go through periods of obsession when I read novels. Time periods, locations, genres, it doesn’t matter. When the obsession hits, I devour books until I’m sated. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier is my all time favorite book because of the story and the vivid descriptions of the Cornish coast. Now, whenever I feel I have cabin fever, I pick up a book and escape to Cornwall, England.
With the funky weather around here at the moment, I’ve been transporting myself to my favorite place via The Lake House by Kate Morton. Jackie has dipped her toe into my Cornwall obsession as she begins Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. We invite you to transport yourself to this gorgeous place with any of the books below. You might even want to binge on more than one!
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9 books set in Cornwall, England:
- Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier. Bored housewife finds a hidden cove with pirate inhabitants. Adventure ensues.
- A Cottage by the Sea by Ciji Ware. Remote cottage, centuries-old secrets, a heroine who loves Daphne DuMaurier’s novels and a romance to boot!
- The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. An orphaned girl whose only possession is a book of fairy tales goes on a quest to find her lost identity, unsuccessful, her granddaughter later takes up the search.
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Treasure maps, a boy on the edge of manhood and the most nefarious pirate in literature- Long John Silver.
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The queen of gothic Cornwall novels strikes again. The second Mrs. DeWinter arrives at Manderlay shortly after her wedding and discovers the hold her predecessor still has over the estate. A mystery unfolds. A true literary classic.
- The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley. A woman returns to the house of her childhood and is literally swept into the past where she falls in love with the estate’s former owner. Should she stay in the present or live her life in the past?
- The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 2 insane brothers, a dead sister and a double whodunnit.
- The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. An alternative telling of the tale of King Arthur, featuring the Lady of the Lake, Paganism vs. Christianity, and an epic struggle for power.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. A footnote in the story is Shell Cottage, where Ron and later Hermione and Harry stay to plot against Voldemort.
You will be swept away by the hidden coves, secret caves and overflowing gardens in these books. Who knows you might choose to escape to Cornwall, England for real!