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Le fantôme by Danielle Steel

Le fantôme (original 1997; edition 1999)

by Danielle Steel

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Title:Le fantôme
Authors:Danielle Steel
Info:Presses de la Cité (1999), Broché
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The Ghost by Danielle Steel (1997)



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It switched between the contemporary story of Charles Waterston. Charlie's wife has left him, he is transferred to a job he hates in New York. Charlie takes a leave of absence and drives through New England. As a snow storm builds he stops in a small town in Massachusetts. There he meets an elderly widow who befriends him. He rents a house that had been built for a woman named Sarah Ferguson. He finds her diaries and learns her story.

Sarah Ferguson flees her abusive husband in England to come to America. Sarah survives the dangerous trip across the sea and builds in America. We meet Francois de Pellerin, a French nobleman. Francois had lived among the Indians. They face the Indian Wars.

I really enjoyed both story lines.

Charles meets Monique and her mother Francesca. ( )
  nx74defiant | Nov 27, 2016 |
This book was terrible. If it wasn't for my inability to not finish a book I would have thrown it out of the window. None of the characters were well developed, they whined constantly and the repetitiveness. Oh my god the repetitiveness!

On page 300 I do not need to be told that the mc is upset because his wife left him - I learned that on page 1. There was nothing left to common sense or the imagination. I don't like it when a writer treats me like I have the attention span of a gnat.

Someone told me that this was the best Danielle Steele book. If this is the best, I don't even want to think about what the other books are like! ( )
  sscarllet | Nov 23, 2016 |
It is a fun book and a quick read, though very predictable. It is a story within a story. The main character finds a journal written in the 1700s by a woman named Sara. I really like the story of Sara. (However it does annoy me that Sara's journal was written as a novel and not in the first person.) ( )
  KamGeb | Jan 24, 2015 |
This is one of Steel's better novels. Very little rich life style. The interspersion of the two love stories worked well. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Apr 16, 2012 |
I haven't read a Danielle Steel novel in a really long time. I saw this one at my favorite used book store dollar sale and since the premise sounded interesting I decided to give it a go. Danielle Steel's writing is incredibly stylized and unique to her. Every word is written to convey the utmost correctness and manners. It's like your old proper English teacher is telling you a story. There is no doubt that her writing is very elegant but grates on me after awhile. Her story ideas are always wonderful but sometimes the execution leaves me cold.

This novel begins in the present day with Charlie who has just been left by his wife Carole for the man she has been having an affair with. Even though Charlie is a cuckold, he still manages to keep things civil with Carole because in Steel's worlds manners are everything. Charlie leaves his home in England to go on an extended vacation in Vermont in order to get his head on straight. He ends up living in a house built for an English woman settler named Sarah by her French husband Francois in the late 1700's. Charlie finds Sarah's journals (and ghost!) in the house and learns about her love story with Francois. That story coupled with new acquaintance Francesca allows Charlie to finally move past the loss of his wife and into his future.

Sarah's story was the most interesting part of the book for me and the main reason to read it. This is a good book to read if your heading to the beach or just want to check out of reality for awhile. If you enjoy Danielle Steel novels you know what you are getting. ( )
  arielfl | Apr 13, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0440224853, Mass Market Paperback)

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 read. --Maudeen Wachsmith

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After his ten year marriage comes to an abrupt end, Charlie Waterston finds solace traveling through New England and in the pages of the diary of a woman named Sarah who first came to American in 1789.

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