With a wife he loves and an exciting London-based career, architect Charles Waterston's life seems in perfect balance. Nothing prepares him for the sudden end to his ten-year marriage-or his unwanted transfer to his firm's New York office.
Christmas is approaching when Charlie leaves New York, heading to Vermont to ski. But a sudden snowstorm strands him in a small Massachusetts town. There Charlie meets an elderly widow who offers to rent him her exquisite lakeside chateau. Hidden deep in the woods, it once belonged to a woman who lived there two centuries before named Sarah Ferguson. And from the moment Charlie sets foot inside the chateau, he feels her presence.
When Charlie first glimpses her, a beautiful young woman with jet-black hair, he thinks it is a neighbor playing a joke. Until he finds her diaries hidden away in an old trunk. As he begins to turn the brittle, dusty pages, the spirit of Sarah Ferguson seems to fill his life. Sarah's first entry is dated 1789 as she writes of her harrowing journey from her native England, having fled the brutality of her aristocratic husband. Settling in Massachusetts, Sarah finds an unfamiliar land seething with the turbulence of the Indian wars. As she builds her home in the wilderness and meets a man who will transform her life, Sarah finds freedom from the torment of her past. His name is Francois de Pellerin, a French nobleman adopted by Indians and drawn into the battle for the growing nation. Their fateful union is a testament to a love so powerful it reaches across the centuries. And for Charlie Waterston, their story gives him the courage to let go of his past, and the freedom to grasp a future that is right before his eyes.
In The Ghost, Danielle Steel brilliantly interweaves past and present, bringing to life two stories, centuries apart, in a timeless novel of courage, healing, and love.
From the Hardcover edition.
©1998 Danielle Steel (P)2000 Random House Audio
I enjoyed this book. Although I realize not all agree with me, I am a fan of Ms. Steel's novels. The story line jumps back and forth between present day and the 1700s. The title is a bit misleading as this is not a ghost story as one might think. Instead it is a love story with a bit of ghost added to it. I really wanted to write this review to let listeners know that the narration isn't very good. Mr. Grifasi has agood voice however he simply reads this book aloud rather than changing his voice between characters. I think maybe this was an early recording before the narrators actually became actors. It was a bit off putting, but I liked the story so much I kept going and found after awhile it didn't bother me as much as it did in the beginning.
I don't know how many times I've read this, but it was my first time having it read to me via Audible.com. It was nice to relax in bed & listen to it each night. I love how all the stories mesh together cohesively even though they're from different times. This will always be one of my favorites & one I'll always go back to. Now looking forward to her new & yet to be released ones.!!!
...yet, I guess, I was expecting more. I grew up reading Danielle Steele novels, and this one just didn't have the depth I was accustomed to.
I have read this beautiful story 6 or 7 times. One of her best. Thank you.
I absolutely loved this book. The story started fairly typical of a Danielle Steele book and I was pleasantly surprised at the change in the story farther in to the book.
I have always been a fan of Danielle Steel ever since high school. I love the seem less flow of the story and the transition from Charlie's perspective to Sarah Fergusson's era.
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