Danielle Steel writes an interesting novel that so fluently moves between the past and present. She did an incredible job of weaving the two stories together, making Charlie and Francesca learn to love through the story of Sarah and Francois. Both of the stories were fairly simple. The characters of Sarah and Francois were much more exciting and likable, but Charlie and Francesca grew as the story continued. However, She could have shortened the beginning of the book. It was evident that Charlie was miserable on the first page, but for some reason, Ms. Steel thought it was necessary to drag this point out. Definitely worth the time! The one really surprised me!
Danielle Steel creates a little different story in THE GHOST. The setting is New England at Christmas. A sudden snowstorm strands an architect in a small town bed and breakfast. The elderly owner is a colorful character who just happens to own a haunted lakeside chateau in the deep woods. There is a real ghost in this tale and I enjoyed the parallel stories that the author weaves. Past and present is brilliantly joined in a fascinating tale of healing and courage. Not the usual stuff here. I fell in love with the ghost and the chateau. Of course, there is a romance. While the architect is doing a little research on the resident ghost he enlists the assistance of the local librarian who, unfortunately has her own baggage to discard before any sparks can fly. Great story. You will enjoy this one.
This Danielle Steel book kept my attention until the last page. The story of a man reading the journals of a 200 yr old ghost he see's on the odd occasion, and how it helped him deal with his own problems in life.
"The Ghost" is a wonderful book. The writing was fluid and separate stories were bound seamlessly by love and emotional healing. I enjoyed Sarah Ferguson's story the most and was looking forward to excerpts about her life.
On the down side, I thought that the first section about Charlie's divorce was a little too long. I couldn't bear hearing more about Charlie's pitty party in the wake of the divorce. I was also hoping for a little more romance in the book.
All in all though, the book was a great, light read. It is a good book to snuggle with on a cold winter night.
I haven't read Danielle Steel in probably 20 years, and have become more conservative in what I read lately. I think I assumed that her books had lots of sex and love scenes in them. But not so, at least not with this one. I loved it! It was sweet, and a genuine love story. The love scenes were very tasteful. I am anxious to get my hands on another book!
A small chateau lies hidden in the New England woods. No one has lived there for a hundred years. But it is as pristine and exquisite as if it had been built yesterday, and the incandescent spirit that fills and surrounds it keeps a timeless love alive and gives a shattered man the strength to begin again.
Charles Waterston is sure his life is over at 42. His wife of nine years has fallen in love with another man and brought an abrupt end to their once blissful life together in London. At the same time, Charles's exhilarating career as an innovative international architect is thrown badly off track when his company orders him back to New York to administer the politicized and aesthetically stagnant head office. Without friends or family, unable to regain his footing and move forward, the dazed and emotionally dead architect takes a leave of absence and heads north to his native New England to nurse his wounds.
Sarah Ferguson's life ended over 150 years before Charles Waterston's began. Forced into marriage to a vicious aristocrat in 18th century England, the fragile heiress found the strength to flee, leaving everything behind to brave alone the perilous crossing to post-revolutionary America. There, in the wilderness of western Massachusetts, amid soldiers, settlers, and natives living in uneasy truce, she carves out a peaceful place for herself, wanting nothing more. But her life truly begins when she meets Francois de Pellerin, the enigmatic intermediary between the army and the tribes, as dangerous as he is fascinating.
Separated by centuries, united by a deathless courage and a magical place, two lives converge in an unforgettable tribute to life and new beginnings in Danielle Steel's spellbinding new novel, The Ghost.
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 from his job to drive through New England, hoping to make peace with himself.
Christmas is approaching when Charlie leaves New York, heading to Vermont to ski. But a sudden, blinding snowstorm strands him in a small Massachusetts town. There, as if by chance, Charlie meets an elderly widow who offers to rent him her most precious possession: a remote, exquisite lakeside chateau. Hidden deep in the woods, it once belonged to a woman who lived and died there two centuries before. Her name was Sarah Ferguson. And from the moment Charlie sets foot inside the chateau's graceful depths, he feels her presence, and longs to know more about the life she led.
It is Christmas Eve when Charlie first glimpses her, a beautiful young woman with jet black hair. He thinks it is a neighbor playing a joke on him, until he finds her diaries hidden away in an old trunk. As he begins to turn the brittle, dusty pages, Sarah Ferguson comes alive. Intrigued and unafraid, Charlie immerses himself in the diaries, eager to learn more about the woman for whom the house was built. Sarah's first entry is dated 1789, the year she arrived in America. Without self-pity or sentiment, 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. Determined to start a new life in the vast new world, Sarah finds freedom--and danger--as she builds her home in the wilderness and meets a man who will transform her life. His name is François 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, caught between Sarah's world and his own, their story is a gift--one that gives him the courage to let go of his past, and the freedom to grasp a future that is right before his eyes.
Charles Waterson has a job and a wife he loves. When his marriage ends and he is tranfered to his companies New York Office. He arrives around Christmas time and then heads to Vermont to go sking. He ends up getting stranded in a town in Massachusetts. He stays in a lakeside chateau. It once belonged to a woman names Sarah Ferguson who lived there two centuries before. Charles felt her presence as soon as he spent time in the house. He found diaries written by Sarah.Charles read the diaries, first dated in 1789. There is brutality, harrowing journeys. Settling in Massachusetts and building her home in the wilderness, she meets a man who will transform her life. Their fateful union is a testament to a love so powerful, it reaches across the centuries. And for Charles, it gives him the courage to let go of his past, and the freedom to grasp a future that is right before his eyes.
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. Charles 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.....
"Rich in historical detail...its affecting message about the healing power of love will linger long after the last page is turned...a tale that reminds you why you started reading [Danielle Steel] in the first place."
In my opinion, it was one of Danielle Steel's BEST novels. My grandmother agrees!
THIS DANIELLE STEEL HAS AN INTERESTING PREMISE. HIS WIFE LEAVES HIM FOR ANOTHER MAN. BREAKS HIS HEART. HE ENDS UP LIVING IN AN OLD HOUSE WITH A BEAUTIFUL GHOST WHOSE DIARIES FROM REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA TEACH HIM HOW TO REACH OUT AND LOVE AGAIN. GOOD FAST READ FOR BEACH, POOL OR PLANE THIS SUMMER.
An architect is trying to get his life back in order after his marriage of ten years falls apart and his firm transfers him to NY....He heads away for a Christmas ski holiday and ends up in Massachusetts and that is where he first feels the presence of the ghost of Sarah Ferguson....
From the back cover: "When Charlie first glimpes...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."