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The Winter Ghosts [Paperback]

Kate Mosse
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Book Description

28 Oct 2010

The Great War took much more than lives. It robbed a generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, it took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. Unable to cope with his grief, Freddie has spent much of the time since in a sanatorium.

In the winter of 1928, still seeking resolution, Freddie is travelling through the French Pyrenees - another region that has seen too much bloodshed over the years. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Shaken, he stumbles into the woods, emerging by a tiny village. There he meets Fabrissa, a beautiful local woman, also mourning a lost generation.

Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories of remembrance and loss. By the time dawn breaks, he will have stumbled across a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries.

By turns thrilling, poignant and haunting, this is a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409103390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409103394
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Mosse is an international bestselling author with sales of more than five million copies in 38 languages. Her fiction includes the novels Labyrinth (2005), Sepulchre (2007), The Winter Ghosts (2009), and Citadel (2012), as well as an acclaimed collection of short stories,The Mistletoe Bride & Other Haunting Tales (2013). Kate's new novel, The Taxidermist's Daughter, will be published in autumn 2014.

Kate is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (previously the Orange Prize) and in June 2013, was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature. She lives in Sussex.

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Beautiful and haunting, this is a great story of love, loss and courage. (WOMAN)

an absorbing tale of loss and remembrance in the aftermath of the First World War ... Mosse excels at transporting her readers into another time and another world ... Mosse's depiction of life in Southern France between the wars is utterly convincing. Not only that, the book itself is a work of art - with stunning illustrations by artist Brian Gallagher and copies of vintage maps as endpapers. (EXPRESS)

A poignant, spooky study of mourning and redemption (MARIE CLAIRE)

The themes of love, loss and remembrance are explored to create a wonderfully haunting winter's tale. Stop the clock and read it in one sitting. (SHE)

An enchanting novella ... Mosse proves that she can weave a web of poignant and thrilling strands that will ensnare any reader. (THE LADY)

This is a great read ... Mosse writes movingly about loss and atmospherically about France (Wendy Holden DAILY MAIL)

It takes much of what appeals about her bestselling novels - and adds a heartbreaking story - what is really haunting about Mosse's tale is the rawness of Freddie's grief (THE TIMES)

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No.1 bestselling author Kate Mosse is back with a haunting ghost story from the French mountains.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling...... 15 Dec 2009
Having bought both her previous books, and not knowing that an earlier, shorter version was available, I delved in, and wasn't disappointed! This is a stunning read. Her geographical descriptions are so accurate, having visited the area myself a couple of times, brings such authicity to this novel. Most people like a good old fashioned ghost story, but I found this much, much more. The haunting memories of a young lad who lost his only brother in The Great War brought home to me the period when loss was all, and everything else was hopeless. Meeting his ghost, Freddie is allowed to move through his trauma, and become a man with a future again. And, through his efforts and belief that he would find his beautiful Fabrissa once more, uncovers a tragedy long lost to man.
Stunning stuff, and quite enthralling; Thank you!
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193 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for winter nights 11 Oct 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have just finished this book, having spent the whole weekend reading. I just didn't want to put it down. This isn't a scary `hide under the bedcovers' sort of horrifying ghost story, so if you are hoping to be frightened on the run up to Halloween you will be disappointed. It is a story about a man who had a lonely childhood with parents who barely acknowledged his existence and who lost the only person who cared about him. He struggles to come to terms with his brother death in WW1 and his guilt over not knowing how his brother died affected him even after many years. A change of scene and a trip through France is suggested. While driving through the mountains he crashes his car after becoming lost in a blizzard and finds shelter in village where he meets a lovely young woman who tells him her terrible story. Yes, you can pick holes in the story if you are really looking for them or you can curl up in front of the fire on a winter's night and enjoy a good book that is part ghost story, part love story and that has wonderful descriptions of the wintery French countryside.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 17 Nov 2009
By Dot
Kate Mosse has written five previous books including the huge bestsellers, Labyrinth and Sepulchre. I have only read Labyrinth but I really enjoyed it so I was very much looking forward to receiving and reading The Winter Ghosts.
People should be aware that this book is a lengthened version of The Quick Read that Kate Mosse has already published entitled The Cave. I have to say that the length was one of the only problems I had with this book. Whilst it was lovely to be able to fit this in over the weekend, I would also have liked it to have been a little longer as some parts of the book felt rushed. I enjoyed Kate Mosse's detailed descriptions in Labyrinth and I felt that The Winter Ghosts was lacking these in places.
We meet the main character Freddie Watson in 1928. He experiences a snow storm in the foot-hills of the Pyrenees and crashes his car. He has to seek refuge in an isolated village where he meets Fabrissa and over the course of one night they share stories of extreme loss and grief.
Freddie lost his older and only brother George in the First World War and he is still searching for answers. In Fabrissa he finally meets someone who can understand and share in the feelings that he has. However, the next day Freddie wakes from a dangerously high fever and nobody has heard of Fabrissa or the others that she had spoken of. Freddie sets out to find her as he promised the previous night and in doing so uncovers secrets that have been hidden for over six hundred years.
As the title suggest, this is a very Wintry read but don't expect a traditional ghost story, the books is extremely atmospheric and the reader has to make their own mind up about certain aspects.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Do You Believe in Ghosts? 5 Oct 2009
By Mrs. C. Colbert VINE VOICE
Do you believe in ghosts? Yes, that age old question is asked once more in Kate Mosse's re-working of her recent Quick Reads release, The Cave, and if you've read that then I wouldn't recommend you read this as it is so similar.

The year is 1928 when Frederick Watson crashes his car in a snowstorm in the foothills of the Pyrenees. He thinks he hears a woman's voice: 'The Winter Ghosts'. He abandons his car and walks down the hillside path to the small village of Nulle, which seems to have a sadness hanging over it, and where he finds a friendly hostelry to spend the night.

He is invited to a yearly feast in the local Ostal where he meets the beautiful Fabrissa and tells her of his unhappiness at losing his brother in WWI. She too has a terrible tale to tell...........

This was an okay book, but it wasn't gripping enough for me, the characters were sympathetic without me caring too much about them, the storyline was a little predictable, it left me thinking "Is that it?" On the positive side, Kate Mosse's usual wonderful descriptions, especially of the snowy mountainside and deserted villages were a joy to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Winter Ghosts 14 Mar 2010
I throughly enjoyed this book even though I had read the short earlier version The Cave last year. Excellent writer,I have to say I enjoyed the previous books more as the plots were more complicated, but this was a quick read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars okay ..... but .... 5 Jan 2010
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Not in the same calibre as Labyrinth or Sepulcre as it was fairly predictable and a 'lighter' read. That said, I had - mistakenly - previously read The Cave which is a shorter version of the story albeit with just a couple of name changes without knowing they were going to be one and the same story! it was only after both books came that i discovered The Cave was written for 'Emergent readers' - not something that was indicated on Amazon at the time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another pleasure
This is a very well written story. Another triumph from Kate Mosse. She is fast becoming my favourite author.
You can't help but feel for Freddie. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Dr. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a good read
Published 18 days ago by Jo Rothwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great read
Published 20 days ago by MAUREEN
2.0 out of 5 stars I personally found this book rather disappointing. I purchased ...
I personally found this book rather disappointing. I purchased it on the basis of enjoying the author's previous work immensely but this was a bit of a let down.
Published 29 days ago by Natasha Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate Mosse
Great "trilogy" - I know the Dordogne well and enjoyed spotting the places.
Published 1 month ago by John Laird
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read up to her usual standard
Published 1 month ago by jofri
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholy and Atmospheric
Great little book. Quite atmospheric, and reminded me a bit of a Susan Hill novel. I did guess the outcome, but it did not spoil the actual story. Good read.
Published 1 month ago by Vanessa L Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, amazing, beautiful book
What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful book. It settles such a peacefulness deep down inside you. Mosse's descriptions of the Languedoc are, as ever, flawless and wonderfully... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MaryMorstan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another best seller
Another great book by Kate Mosse. Only problem quite short and able to finish in a couple of days
Published 2 months ago by Lady from Aberdeen
5.0 out of 5 stars the winter ghosts
wonderful ghotly tale. read it as i did with the rain lashing down and the wind flaying the house while i was reading by lamplight and enjoy the atmosphere generated by kate mosses... Read more
Published 2 months ago by sunim
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