Hello Friends! Tomorrow is the big day! It will be the first day of autumn and I am so excited. I don’t really get to enjoy the fall being down in South Texas but it is still my favorite time of year and for sure the time of year I really tailor my reading tastes to. I wanted to recommend you some of the books I’ve read that I think are great for reading during the fall..just in case you needed a little something extra to add to your to be read..
My first two recommendations are by the same author, the Queen herself, Daphne Du Maurier. First up is Rebecca which I fell in love with back in the 8th grade. I can still hear Mrs. Turner ( my teacher at the time) fangirling to our all girl English class about the opening paragraph,
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. There was a padlock and a chain upon the gate. I called in my dream to the lodge-keeper, and had no answer, and peering closer through the rusted spokes of the gate I saw that the lodge was uninhabited.”
I deem Rebecca a novel of romantic suspense with some mystery elements as well. Daphne Du Maurier is so hard to categorize which is a big reason I love her. You never know the main character’s first name. She is the second Maxim de Winter and the entire book, lives in the shadow of Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca who dies mysteriously. The whole estate of Manderley’s servants and caretakers all operate as though they grieve Mrs. de Winter..Rebecca. Treat yourself to a cozy fall evening reading this wonderful novel then order the Alfred Hitchcock film adaptation. Both are equally wonderful.
I spent so many years of my life loving Rebecca that I didn’t even think of exploring other works by Daphne Du Maurier. I buddy read Frenchman’s Creek by her with two friends and was blown away! This one follows Lady Dona St. Columb who tells her husband to stay home as she packs her and their children up and escapes to his family’s summer home. Dona is a lady who defies society. She is so bored with her life. While at the estate, Dona meets a French pirate and her thirst for adventure becomes even more aroused than before.
In true Daphne Du Maurier fashion, the writing was beautiful and the story was so atmospheric and dark, making it the perfect fall read.
“A thing of beauty of grace and beauty, born in another time, a painted phantom ship. And now his heart begins to beat, and he strains at his paddles, and the little dinghy shoots swiftly over the dark water away from enchantment, for what he has seen is not of this world, and what he has heard is beyond his understanding.”
The next one is a recent read and that is The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick. This is an historical fiction novel with some romance in there, some magic and time travel. I love time traveling novels during the fall. This is the type of story where every time you sit to read it, you will become engrossed in the story. Unlike most time traveling stories, the main character is from the past and stuck in present day, giving the story an interesting twist.
Next is The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark. I have to preface this by saying, I did listen to this on audiobook and wasn’t the biggest fan of the narrator. I think the narrator played a big part in my not always enjoyment of this book. If you are a fan of small towns with witches, demons, fairies all being the professors in the local college or the people next door, I recommend this. Callie McFay is the new professor in town and since moving into her new home she has had the same erotic dream every night. In the dream, a mist enters her bedroom before taking the shape of a seductive stranger who ravishes her in the most toe curling ways. Callie soon learns that her demon lover is real–an incubus– and he will continue to seduce and pleasure her while slowly sucking the life out of her.
My last recommendation is going to be a Susanna Kearsley novel. I love her so much, and honestly want to just say to read everything by her, but if I had to pick just one to recommend, I’d go with The Shadowy Horses. I think this is the perfect fall read. If I could go back and read this for the first time, I would do so in a heartbeat and I’d read it during the fall. This follows and archeologist named Verity who has been drawn to the dark legends of the Scottish Borderlands in search of the truth buried in a rocky field by the sea. Verity’s boss is searching for the lost Ninth Roman Legion and he’s convinced he’s found it due to a local young boy claiming he has seen the ghost of a sentinel walking the fields guarding the graves of his fellow soldiers. It is so good, with such atmospheric writing. You are instantly transported to the Scottish coast and the entire story has this sort of gloomy feel to it. I love it, so much.
I hope something I’ve recommended sparks your interest. Share with me some of your fall reading recommendations.