Books: Bull's-Eye for Bovarys

FRENCHMAN'S CREEK—Daphne du Maurier—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, one of the three best-selling novels of 1939, was an exceedingly well-told problem story of the troubles of being a second wife; it was tailor-made for the land of high divorce rates. Frenchman's Creek, just as well-told, is even nearer that bull's-eye where best-sellers are scored: the heart of the U.S. housewife.

Glamor is added to Frenchman's Creek by rigging everyone in costume (vaguely Restoration) and setting him high in the social scale. But the story of Lady Dona St. Columb is the same...