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The Winter Ghosts Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009
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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)
A haunting ghost story from the French mountains.See all Product Description
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Stunning stuff, and quite enthralling; Thank you!
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.
I have read, and do own a copy of The Cave. I have had it for some time now and it is a good quick read. Imagine then my disapointment on receiving this NEW book by Kate Mosse. It is merely a slightly longer version of The Cave, there is no difference in the plot whatsoever, even the majority of the characters are the same.
My advice; buy a copy of the cave used for 1p and save yourself some money.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointed not up to her usual standard. A somewhat 'wishy washy' storyline , I usually can't put her books down , unfortunately that does not apply to this one.Published 1 month ago by Mrs K M WASDEN
An OK short story. Far too short to be called a novel. Large print, blank pages and terrible illustrations will not disguise how long it takes to read it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by K. D. Evans
My first Kate Mosse read and not disappointed, I can see why she is a best seller. Easy read, storyline a bit predictable but beautifully written and descriptive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anne
Kate Mosse at her best! Brilliantly written, believable characters, a real ripping yarn. I have read it over and over and it never gets dull! Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Meretseger
Very impressed. Quick delivery. Good quality book. Thank you so much.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good story well written, in keeping with her other books.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this book so I brought a copy for my mom and daughterPublished 5 months ago by bookworm