One more post for Reading Ireland! I have not read this book, yet, but I have seen the movie and it is one of my top five favorites. I never knew until yesterday that the book the movie is based on was written by an Irishwoman! R.A. Dick is the pseudonym for Irish writer Josephine Aimee Campbell Leslie. She was born in Wexford in 1898 and died in 1979 and not much else is known about her. All I can find is three books by her, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Devil and Mrs. Devine and Light and Shade.
I ordered a copy of the book, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir! A new paperback. I would have loved to have this first edition hardback but it cost $1,000.00! Yikes!
book description: Burdened by debt after her husband’s death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted. Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a special companionship with the ghost of handsome former sea captain Daniel Gregg. Through the struggles of supporting her children, seeking out romance from the wrong places, and working to publish the captain’s story as a book, Blood and Swash, Lucy finds in her secret relationship with Captain Gregg a comfort and blossoming love she never could have predicted.
This was made into a 1947 movie and in 1968 a television sitcom!
Have you ever seen the movie? It’s a real delight. I found it free on Internet Archive! You can watch online or download it free. Check it out and let me know what you think. A good gothic romance is a breath of fresh air once in a while. Get yourself a cup of tea or coffee and go curl up and watch HERE! Lots of good movies and old books on Internet Archive!
The Devil and Mrs. Devine: The story begins in 1807 with the 12-year-old Danielle Bellaires. Abandoned by her father after her mother’s death in child birth, she is unhappily in the care of her father’s sister-in-law. Rebelling, she finds sanctuary in two marriages, each happy in their own way, but each ending with her widowhood. Along the way, the devil causes her to be always 30, as long as she wants to live, although she never actually agrees to his bargain.
Light and Shade: Selina Victoria Verney was eighty, but this was her first chance to fulfil her ambition and travel. So she set off for Central Africa to visit her youngest son, taking her eighteen-year-old granddaughter Jane with her.