Architect Charles Waterston has a job he loves, a charming and beautiful wife, and an idyllic life in London. But when everything comes crashing down around him--his wife leaving him for another man and his sudden transfer back to the New York home office--Charles takes a well-deserved ski vacation in Vermont. When an unexpected snowstorm strands Charles in a small town, he takes refuge in a small bed-and-breakfast. The proprietor, an elderly widow, also owns a family home in the woods, which Charles decides to rent. Soon after moving in, Charles senses a ghostly presence. While investigating in the attic one day, Charles discovers the diary of Sarah Ferguson, who left her abusive husband in England for a better life in the New World. Charles soon finds himself drawn to Sarah, and he even visits the local historical society in an attempt to learn more about her. There he meets lovely, timid Francesca Vironnet, the historical society curator and librarian, who has fled France with her young daughter. Through Sarah's journals and Francesca's kindness, Charles is able to heal his heart and learn to love again. Complete with Steel's trademark poignancy but minus the glitz and glamour so evident in many of her novels, The Ghost is an outstanding and awesome read. One of her best!
The Ghost was an excellent book to read which kept my full attention and interest just waiting to see what happened next. This was actually the first time I remember reading a Romance in which the main character was not the typical locve struck woman, but instead a man.
A VERY interesting READ!! It weaves together the present, in the life of Charlie, an architect based in London, who finds himself being uprooted and transferred to the NYC office of his firm, and also, he faces the end of his 10 year marriage to a woman he loves... He travels through New England intending to ski, but bad weather finds him looking for a place to stay. A widow he meets offers to rent her lakeside chateau to him.
He learns that two hundred years before, a woman lived and died there, and from the moment he resides there, he can feel her presence, and he longs to know more about her.He finds the diaries of Sarah Ferguson in the attic, and begins to read them. Sarah comes alive to Charlie on the pages of the diaries. He learns about why Sarah herself fled England to America in 1789, and about the man she eventually met and of their
special love that manages to transcend the centuries and gives renewed HOPE to Charlie in his own troubles. This is TRULY a beautiful story and a MUST READ in my book!! I would give it 5 stars!
With a wife he loves and an exciting London based career,architect Charles Waterston's life seems in perfect balance.Nothing in his comfortable existance prepares him for the sudden end to his ten year marriage or his unwanted transfer to his firm's New York office.With nothing left to lose,Charles takes a leave of absence from his job to drive through New England,hoping to make piece with himself.
Charlie Waterston thought he had it all?a beautiful wife, happy marriage, and brilliant architectural career?but a year changes all that completely. London, his job, and the lovely house he and his wife shared all become unbearable after she leaves him for another man. The alternative, working for his firm's main office in New York, turns out to be equally unbearable, so he flees it all, escaping to Vermont ski country. A sudden snowstorm en route, a night's refuge at a bed-and-breakfast owned by a charming old woman, and his discovery of the 200-year-old diary of a brave and beautiful lady teach him to endure his own sufferings, reach out to others, and hope for love and happiness again. Fans expecting Steel's (Malice, LJ 1/96) usual glitz and glamour may be disappointed by this elegiac tribute to mature love hard won the second time around.
LIBRARY JOURNAL REVIEW
With a wife he loves and an exciting London-based career, architect Charles Waterston's life seems in perfect balance. Nothing in his comfortable existence prepares him for the sudden end to his ten-year marriage ... or his unwanted transfer to his firm's New York office. With nothing left to lose, Charlie takes a leave of absence to drive through New England, hoping to make peace with himself.