Mary Anne

Mary Anne

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Mary Anne 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
LARA335 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A strange novel,the story told in a rather hurried, precied way, perhaps echoing the impatience of Mary Anne herself, who kept herself and her family by entertaining lovers and brokering promotions.Du Maurier appeared to have researched deeply her great-great-grandmother's life, especially the way she made and frittered money. But I didn't feel she showed exactly why her relative captivated practically every man who crossed her path.
LauraH on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I noticed this book had never been reviewed which I think is a tradgedy as it's a fantastic book about an amazing woman (apparently based on Du Mauriers great grand mother). It's a historic fiction set during the Napoleonic Wars which explores the relationships between men and women and tells the story of one womans (Mary Anne's) high aspirations. Definately worth a read!
bacillicide on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rated generally lower than I expect to rate Daphne du Maurier because it didn't really have the...same atmosphere I come to expect from her from reading My Cousin Rachel and Rebecca. But it's always nice to read about Maurier's heroines, they're always well written and Mary Anne is no different, she's perhaps the more headstrong that I've seen her write, and perhaps the strongest.
Misfit on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. A bit different from your usual Du Maurier novel, in this one she tells the story of her great-great-grandmother Mary Anne Clarke. Borne into a poor London family, Mary Anne marries Joseph Clarke who ends up drinking and gambling away any money he gets from his family. Disgusted with the marriage and desperate to support her children, Mary Anne finds herself tempted by a *cough* broker for the wealthy nobility and becomes mistress to Frederick Duke of York. Although being a mistress of a prince with no head for money brings on its own dilemma - how to run a household and a lavish lifestyle on the meager allowance the Duke gives her. With a war looming, men eager for commissions seek preferable treatment through Mary Anne, as the Duke is also the Commander-in-Chief and an offer of money gets a word in the right ear. Eventually the Duke tires of Mary Anne and she finds herself out in the cold with massive household debts and no pension from the Duke, her brother unjustly cashiered out of the army and her finger is very much in the pie when the scandal of selling commissions hits Parliament with a full blown investigation including the testimony of one very disgruntled ex-mistress. I won't be a spoiler, but further actions taken by Mary Anne in revenge against those who "done her wrong" don't work out as planned and sets her on a nine-month path of harrowing consequences. Du Maurier is superb as always, she had me hooked from the very unusual opening reflecting back on Mary Anne's life (do go back and reread it after you've finished) to the very end as she makes a very final and fitting farewell to the man who had such an impact on her life. The kind of woman you either love or hate, Mary Anne was most definitely a woman who did what she had to do in order to survive in a man's world and make a better life for her children. Du Maurier doesn't sugar coat her image either - she's presented as is, warts and all. I loved the relationship between her and the Duke, particularly their first meeting in the *cough* broker's parlor where not knowing who she's set to meet she natters on about the latest court gossip (priceless!), to their first dinner and the popping buttons (you'll know when you get there) although tops was the way the author worked in Mary Anne getting those officer's names out there in between seducing the Duke. Its so refreshing to see that an author can write a sex scene so subtly that it isn't staring you in the face with blow-by-blow details but you know what's going on at the same time. The only parts that did drag were the court scenes, with endless pages of testimony and dialogue, and for that I'm knocking off 1/2 star - 4.5/5 stars.
moonshineandrosefire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mary Anne was Daphne du Maurier's great-great-grandmother. This is a novel about Mary Anne's life. She married a ne'er do well and later became mistress to a royal duke. She became part of a scandal that shocked England's staid Victorian society. I truly enjoyed this book although it became very legal towards the end. I give this story an A!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Ann's story was one I read in one sitting--I couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago