Two strangers, identical in appearance, a chance meeting and…..
…lives are forever changed. English John meets French Count Jean and share dinner and drinks as they discuss the remarkable likeness the two share. But Jean’s financial problems drive him to render John unconscious, switch identities and leave him in his place to deal with his failing glass factory and fractious family. John soon finds himself in the midst of a mine-field dealing with a pregnant “wife”, a couple of mistresses (one of those being his sister-in-law), a “sister” who won’t speak to him, a precocious “daughter” and an ailing “mother” with a bad habit.
Despite all the pitfalls, John comes to care for this new family and strives to find ways to make the glass factory a success – until a tragedy strikes that brings an unexpected financial windfall to the family’s fortunes – but news of that windfalls also brings back…… More than that I’m not telling – you know I’m not into spoilers and book reports. As with all Du Maurier’s books her writing and characterizations are subtle and sublime and I’m once again left with an enigmatic ending that kept me guessing just a little bit more. Four stars.