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The Winter Ghosts Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409112276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409112273
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.8 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,527 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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Mosse's story-telling packs a punch (THE INDEPENDENT)

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

Draw the curtains, bank up the fire and enjoy. (WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY)

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. (Emma Lee-Potter THE 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)

Mosse flits between between the centuries, knitting together a compelling historical yarn with a more modern one (THE INDEPENDENT)

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)

This beautifully illustrated novella is a gripping tale dealing wtih loss, resolution and the redeeming nature of love. (TAKE A BREAK'S FICTION FEAST)

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A haunting ghost story from the French mountains.

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203 of 209 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 11 Oct. 2009
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dot on 17 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Ms. B. A. Fisher on 15 Dec. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. Colbert VINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bookworm on 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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