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Jamaica Inn
by Daphne Du Maurier

Published: 1995-06-01
Mass Market Paperback : 304 pages
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The 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 ...

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The 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.

Editorial Review

Jamaica Inn is a true classic. After the death of her mother, Mary Yellan travels to Jamaica Inn on the wild British moors to live with her Aunt Patience. The coachman warns her of the strange happenings there, but Mary is committed to remain at Jamaica Inn. Suddenly, her life is in the hands of strangers: her uncle, Joss Merlyn, whose crude ways repel her; Aunt Patience, who seems mentally unstable and perpetually frightened; and the enigmatic Francis Davey. But most importantly, Mary meets Jem Merlyn, Joss's younger brother, whose kisses make her heart race. Caught up in the danger at this inn of evil repute, Mary must survive murder, mystery, storms, and smugglers before she can build a life with Jem.

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  "1940s Sensibilities"by ebach (see profile) 01/23/16

The flowery (for lack of a better word) language that Daphne DuMaurier uses in JAMAICA INN (as well as her other novels) and the gender discrimination scattered here and there irritated me i... (read more)

 
  "Jamaica Inn"by Silversolara (see profile) 11/28/15

Mary complied with her dying mother's wishes that she move in with her Aunt Patience. Little did Mary's mother know what that wish held for Mary.

Those wishes turned out to be very unple

... (read more)

 
  "Jamaica Inn"by stcurry (see profile) 12/02/10

This was a fun book to read. I liked the main character and the setting. It was suspenseful and exciting. The characters were well developed. Don't be fooled by the cover. It looks like a cheesy romance... (read more)

 
  "Jamaica Inn"by kinsley (see profile) 11/15/10

 
  "A good summer read"by chrissie60ca (see profile) 09/25/08

If anyone selects a Daphne DuMaurier book for their club I highly recommend doing some research on the author to share with your book club members. She had a fascinating life!

 
  "An old Classic"by Kyta (see profile) 09/17/08

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