Azaleas remind me of Manderley’s Happy Valley. I’m not a fan of Daphne du Maurier, but I found Rebecca captivating.
Rebecca’s presence, her perfection, Danny’s creepy devotion to her, the madness, the despair; I love the way the story builds up. You see through the new Mrs. de Winter’s eyes. You are led to believe Maxim is unable to get over his first wife, the perfect Mrs. de Winter, Rebecca. You feel the new Mrs. de Winter’s pain. You feel for the new Mrs. de Winter, but are drawn towards Rebecca. You believe Maxim is unable to get over Rebecca because he loves her, only to discover he cannot forget her because he hates her. His guilt and her wickedness play off beautifully against each other.
The New York Botanical Gardens has an entire area devoted to azaleas.