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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, hopWith 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....

Title : The Ghost
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ISBN : 9780440224853
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 420 Pages
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The Ghost Reviews

  • Giovanna
    2019-03-02 13:42

    This book was recommended to me by my Grandmother and is the first book I ever read by Danielle Steel. I have to thank my Grandmother when I see her again for recommending such an excellent book.Everything in this book is to my delight, exactly as I would have written it. I've always pondered what I would do if I found some deceased persons diary from a century or more ago. I would read it thoroughly, then probably just lock it away somewhere.This book brought to my attention, some of my interests I have now thanks to this book. Thank you Danielle Steel, for writing this amazing book.

  • Lori
    2019-03-05 16:44

    What can you say, she is an amazing writer, I stayed up many nights because I couldn't put this book down!!!

  • Laurie
    2019-02-24 14:53

    This book could barely hold my attention. What is the problem over at her publisher? I could not feel sympathy for her male lead whose whimpiness made me detest him for the majority of the book. Add to that the punctuation problems, run-on sentences and complete redundancy of her dialogue and I had to lay this book aside four times during my flight. But captive that I was, I picked it back up. And then Steele began the story within the was as if she had a "Ghost" writer herself, because the entire mood and pace of the book changed. I was captivated by the story within the story, the journals of a courageous woman two hundred years earlier and the love she discovers in a wild land. I was sad every time we returned to the main story. And yes, I got that this woman's story gave the man courage to carry on. . . blah, blah, blah. I reallt didn't care by the end of the book.I would have given this book one star for the main story, but compelled by theinner story, I bump it up to a three.

  • Kathryn
    2019-03-25 15:00

    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!

  • Alisha Kennedy
    2019-03-06 11:57

    A love story within a love story. Romance novels are not one of my favorite genres, for some reason they depress me, but this one was so beautifully written even I couldn't help breeze through it. A woman strong of character and heart, through her journals from the late 1700's, help two present day people to open their hearts after being heartbroken by previous marriages.

  • Di'ana
    2019-03-24 18:45

    Jau seniai kartoju, jog viskam yra savo laikas ir eiliškumas. Ant spintelės prie lovos buvau susidėjusį siaubukų ir/ ar detektyvų kalniuką paskaityti prieš Helovyną. Pavadinimas labai pritiko, bet išties nežinojau apie ką jį. Gal taip ir geriau. Knyga prasideda liūdnai, žmona turi kitą, skyrybos, o Charles'is keliauja į New York'ą su nauja darbo užduotimi bei sunkiais jausmais. Tačiau viskas negerai ir jis pasiima puses metų atostogas bei sumąsto keliauti į Vermontą slidinėti. Išsinuomavęs mašiną, niekur neskubėdamas bei išgyvendamas skyrybas jis keliauja link numatyto tikslo. Tačiau žiemiškas oras pakoreguoja planą ir jis susipažįsta su senyva moterimi Palmer, užeigos savininke, ir viskas čia palengva ima įgauti prasmę. Nuostabi knyga apie sunkius išgyvenimus, suvokimą, jog viskas nebuvo tik gerai, bei atradimai naujai atmerktomis akimis, kaip ir knyga knygoje. Skanu, tobula, puikiai tinka susirangius lovoje išgyventi dvejus gyvenimus.

  • Dennis
    2019-03-04 12:49

    Danielle Steel's The Ghost is a fairly typical romance story: a dissolved marriage makes our hero feel like he'll never love again, like his life has fallen apart, until he has a chance to recover and heal and realize that maybe he can trust his heart to another after all. There's no drama to this story; you can see how it's going to come out after a few chapters.A lackluster plot like this can still be saved, though, if the characters are interesting and you care about their progress. Alas, Steel's characters come out flat and uninteresting. Charlie, the lead character, comes across as neurotic and annoying. Sarah, another important character in the novel, is more interesting, but painted in such broad strokes that it's hard to care about her part in the story. It's hard to take a character seriously when he or she is the single most attractive being ever to walk the earth (or so we are told repeatedly), so magically perfect that they affect every person of the opposite sex (and many of the same sex) whenever they come into contact with them.Worse, the characters are shallow. What motivates Charlie, other than his (previously) perfect jet-set life, and a desperate (but unexplored) desire to be with someone? We'll never know. His clinging dependency is obvious early on, but Steel never explores the reasons for it. Sarah is tough and independent, and attributes it to her early upbringing, but we never see enough of that to get an idea of how she turned out this way.The uninteresting characters can be blamed on Steel's extremely poor writing. Her descriptions of people, for instance, are ham-fisted. Instead of illustrating her characters personalities through descriptions of their interactions with other characters, she just tells us how they are, over and over again.Dull and deadly repetition seems to be Steel's only method of conveying meaning. In the first chapter, we are told that Charlie "just couldn't believe" what was happening to him constantly, sometimes three times in the same paragraph. A better author might have illustrated his disbelief with some dialogue between Charlie and his ex, or his boss, or a stranger on the street.The dialogue isn't very interesting, either. Most authors use dialogue to break up long descriptive passages, giving us a chance to read shorter paragraphs that offer some insight into the character. Steel mixes dialogue with description, usually giving each character one sentence and then following it up with a half-page paragraph of the character's inner thoughts. You're not really following a conversation; you're hearing the character's thoughts, interspersed with brief verbal efforts.Even the basics of prose writing seem to be beyond Steel's grasp in this book. Using the third-person omniscient viewpoint, she jumps from perspective to perspective whenever she wants us to know what another character is thinking. She'll shift perspective multiple times in the same paragraph. Not only is it confusing, it's lazy and unnecessary.At the most elementary level, the writing is terrible. One paragraph early in the book contained three sentences in a row that began with the word "and". Steel frequently runs several sentences together, using commas where she should have used periods. It reads as if it were dictated into a tape recorder and transcribed verbatim, without taking the time to edit the story for readability. Anyone who did reasonably well in high school English class should be able to do better.In short, it's a lackluster story with flat characters, poorly written. Personally, I've found that I appreciate good prose and storytelling even more after being exposed to this book. The Ghost is one the worst books I've ever read.

  • Diana
    2019-03-24 18:55

    My aunt brought this book to me. She said it was one of the best Danielle Steele that she has written....and I think she has read them all. The primary story is about Charles Waterson whose wife recently left him. He was shocked as he didn't think there were any problems in the marriage. Moving from London to New York does nothing to help Charles adjust to his new wifeless life. He is not doing well in his job and decides to take some time off and go to Vermont to ski. In a snow storm, he discovers a B&B in a little town in Massachusettes. The owner of the B&B has a remote home she is not using and Charles decides to lease it to find some peace in his life. What he finds are the diaries of Sarah who lived in the house in the 1780's. Sarah's story is the second story line of the book. Sarah had been forced by her father to marry a rich, older man. This man beats and rapes her. Sarah sews all of her jewelry into a cloak, escapes, and takes a small ship to America. She stays in Boston and people there are fasinated with her, but she wants to live in a rural area and eventually does. Of course, she meets a wonderful man. Sarah finds out her husband in England has died and marries the wonderful man and they have a wonderful life. (are there too many wonderfuls in here???) However, Sarah's story gives Charles the ability to let go of his past and go for a future with a woman that he has met. It is a romance story, but Sarah's life give a good insight into what could have been like for women in her day and age.

  • Filipa
    2019-02-28 14:08

    3,5 starsThis is a story about starting over and a story about new beginnings. If you think your life is over, think again because you never know what the future might bring. I have enjoyed reading not only about Sarah's courage but also about Charlie and the way he turned his life around after a bitter divorce and although I wasn't expecting much from this book I enjoyed reading it. It's an interesting tale of courage and love and it's very entertaining. Danielle Steel has managed to keep me interested in the narrative, something that wasn't accomplished that effortlessly with the other books I read by her. I'm glad I gave this book an opportunity because it showed me that no author is lost if you happen to dislike some of her/his books. Also: I looooove cute, fluffy, happy endings. This was one of them.

  • Shaunna
    2019-03-02 15:00

    I'm not going to add all her books on here that i've read. For a long time she was the only author I read and have never found a book by her that I didn't enjoy. I recommend anything by Danielle Steele.

  • Glenda
    2019-03-06 18:01

    Despite the title, there are few conventional ghost story elements in this book. It is actually a modern romance intertwined with a historical romance in a charming setting with likable characters. Everything was resolved nicely except I wanted to more about how Gladys was doing.

  • Benjamin Stahl
    2019-03-14 12:57

    Personally, I just about hated this book. I'm not one for romance, but I thought I would try something new. But this book, for the most part, is just too lame and pathetic and painfully predictable. While there is some darkness, some drama, throughout this heartfelt bullshit, most of the story is just about how much these stupid little characters love each other - really not my cup of tea. But I have given this book the benefit of the doubt, and refrained from rating it one-star. Admittedly, the writing is quite good - despite the occasional sentence which doesn't make sense. And the story itself, for the first 100 pages or so, was actually quite promising. But for me, the story just lost when it tried to become an historical novel, and not just a modern tale of heartbreak and healing. It more or less shuns everything it had established quite well, and forces you headfirst into the boringly sentimental love affair of Sarah Ferguson and her all-too-perfect Indian lover. 'The Ghost' is by no means a bad effort, on Danielle Steel's part. But I, for one, was not a fan, and was only too relieved to be free from it...

  • Darlyn
    2019-03-11 10:45

    It's a heartfelt story that I just couldn't resist. I just finished this book and I loved it. It is a very good story and I loved reading about Francois and Sarah. Their story is so heartwarming and inspiring. As Charlie said while reading the journals, Sarah and Francois life experience almost feel real to me. Although I kind of hoping that Sarah is really a ghost that physically communicating with Charlie instead she just wanders around and makes only one time appearance to Charlie, and never speak to him. However, as the story goes on, Sarah is actually giving Charlie some hints to her journals. Although the story is predictable, I grow fond of it and it almost makes me cry bucket to learn Sarah's adventures and misfortunes.It is a very simple story, an easy read, a page turner and almost a heart-wrecking read. Other than Charlie finally learns that he has to move on with his life and cherishes people around you, I too has learn quite a great deal by reading the book as a little motivation to move on forward. As always, Steel's stories really get me hooked up and love.

  • Jessica
    2019-03-15 10:42

    I have a low tolerance for romance, but this was good for reading on a cold night in a stressful December. The depictions of Native Americans were stereotypical. That Sarah managed to find the one white guy that lives with Natives seemed very Dances With Wolves. Also, this sentence is horrible in so many ways: "Her thin waist dazzled him [sic]". Stephanie Meyer must be a Steel fan.

  • Alejandra Zárate
    2019-03-17 13:54

    Ayyyy, al final se puso mejorrrr. ❤️Aunque me hubiera gustado más de Charlie y Francesca. Me gustó.

  • Rachael Hewison
    2019-03-11 15:58

    I'm sure I read this book years ago and really liked it. Having read it a second time I have no idea why. For me it was just so cheesy; the characters were so over the top. They couldn't just interact like normal people, the fact that Charlie was going on about wanting to kiss Mrs Palmer as soon as he saw her made me want to heave. I also got irritated by the way Sarah's section was constantly described as a journal, but we the reader, have to read about her life in the third person. I think it would have had much more impact had her sections been written by Sarah herself. Maybe then I would have bought into it more.It was a feel-good story about an interesting time but you have to like soppiness to enjoy it.

  • monica
    2019-03-12 13:50

    El fantasmaEsta historia me a parecido muy especial.siempre siento muchas emociones cuando leo los libros de esta autora,tristeza,enojo y con esta me e sentido satisfecha por como las cosas terminaron para charlie.el libro me a encantado mucho y lo recomiendo.

  • Caitlin Copp
    2019-03-23 13:05

    Soooo good! I didn’t want to put it down. I was hooked on sarah and Francois story!

  • Nіsha
    2019-03-18 18:48

    This is my first book by this author, and has been sitting on my shelf for nearly 4 years. The cover was not that appealing enough for me to actually want to read it. But as of 2012 I had made a resolution to read every single book on my shelf before I go out and buy myself new books for full price.I'm very glad that I read this book because it was a wonderful read. This book alternates between the present day and the past. It is a book about moving on and finding that special bond that one is meant to have with their life. Charlie is our main character here who goes through a great deal and heartbreak when he discovers his wife of almost 10 years has fallen in love with another man, and has filed for divorce. When he moves from London to New York, he finds that he despises the job he has there and decides to take time off for himself. Through all this he comes across a lovely old lady, and falls in love with this cozy Château she owns. Charlie decides to rent it, and little does he know that the house has it's very own magical tale about moving on and love to it.I'm such a hopeless romantic, therefore, I greatly enjoyed the love story between Sarah and Francois. I enjoyed how very realistic this novel was, about how some people go through abuse in relationships for many years. I loved Sarah, she was such an inspirational character. She was very courageous seeing as she went through brutal abuse from her husband, and finally decides that she must have her freedom, and makes a courageous journey from England to America. Once she makes this long journey, Sarah puts all fear aside and determines to make a new life out of the freedom she has achieved. And this is where she meets Francois, the love of her life. Ultimately, she changes Charlie's life, and as well as the reader's.Danielle steel creates a magical atmosphere throughout this story. The writing style is wonderful, and easily understood without confusion. I enjoyed reading about all the characters in this book, especially the time switch between Charlie's life and Sarah's life. Absolutely loved this book, it had me all teary in the end! And that's when I know a book was worth it or not. I recommend this to anyone who likes reading between different time periods, and romance and hardship thrown in.

  • Veronica
    2019-03-25 18:03 story starts off with Charles Waterston, who is going through a divorce, he is heartbroken, his wife left him for another man, and he just can't stop thinking about her and how his life just got screwed up.I actually liked this part of the book, it hit close to home. But he was getting so whiny and kept repeating the same thing over and over. If that's not enough, his firm transfers him to New York, but that is too much for him to handle. He takes leave of absence and goes skiing in Vermont for Christmas. One he arrives in the snowy town he needs a place to stay and that's when we meet a sweet elderly woman, who immediately falls in love with Charlie. (And I don't mean in love in love). They just become really close, and through her Charlie learns about Sarah Ferguson, a woman who died there two centuries before. Charles is mesmerized by this woman and her story, and to add to his luck he finds a set of diaries that she kept. By learning about Sarah and what she went through, he can finally let go of the past, and live toward the future.That's basically what this book is about, a middle aged man finding his way back to happiness after a divorce. My mom and aunt recommended this book to me. She made it sound a lot better though than what I thought it was. Sure the story is kind of sweet and all, but I couldn't get in touch with the characters as much as I would like to. Maybe if the story didn't jump from Charlie to Sarah I would be more interested. Sarah's story is interesting enough, I would just like to skip Charles all together and find out more about her. But that's just my opinion. If you're looking for something fun and quick to read, by all means it's a good book. It just didn't do it for me.

  • Robin
    2019-03-05 18:07

    This is probably my favorite Danielle Steel books. You have a story within a story in this one. The outside frame story is of a man who thought his life was wonderful until his wife leaves him for another man, he moves back to America, he realizes he hates his job, and takes an extended ski vacation. This is where the second story is woven into the plot. He gets stuck in a snow storm and ends up renting an old house from a woman in Vermont. While there, he discovers the diaries of Sarah Ferguson, written in the late 1700s. The rest of the book is about how he gets caught up in Sarah's story of a horrible marriage, her escape to the New World, and how she finds a new love and life there, and while reading all this, it helps him to overcome what has happened to him and find a new love. It is a really wonderful story.

  • Stephanie
    2019-03-14 11:57

    I was a little hesitant to read Danielle Steel. Sure she has sold over 430 million novels and this one was a New York Times Bestseller, but I always got the impression she wrote smut. What I didn't know was how wrong I was.While the book started out a little slow, making me hope for a little smuttiness, I started wondering why so many read her novels. Then out of nowhere it picked up big time. The romance, which I'm always a big sucker for, was so well done I found myself wishing I was a character in her novel.If her other books are like this one I can see why so many are attracted to her writing. If the story hadn't started out so slow, and had a little less predictable ending I would have given this book a higher rating. I give it a 3.5

  • KarenBoruff
    2019-02-27 16:46

    I know she is supposedly a popular writer, but she bores me stiff. This book moved slowly, used tons of words to develop "nothing". I found the sub-story more interesting than the actual one. If you fall for the hype and don't mind taking forever to have a story develop, you might enjoy this. Personally, I hate reading her stuff. I am a disabled USAF veteran, have MS and spend a lot of time in bed. I buy my books at the local Goodwill...and just grab what they have, so there is something here to read when I collapse and have to go to bed. So this book was in a group I was the last book...or I would not have read it. If I could have gotten up and driven somewhere...I would have put it aside, and never finished it. So readers beware.

  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-03-12 10:46

    1 STARS"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." (From Amazon)Originally when I read Danielle Steel novels I would have rated them 3-4 STARS, but now I would classify them as 1-2 STARS. These are great for those who like mild sex, unrealistic dramatic romances and grand plots.

  • Steph
    2019-03-02 19:02

    I enjoyed the stories in this book (there are two woven together). It was fun how toward the end it was like learning about some local history as the Battle at Fallen Timbers was referenced.Something that frustrated me was the use of but and and. Holy cow! Sentences started with them, the repetitive use in a single paragraph. It was frustrating. I hope her other books are not that bad. I think it would turn me off of her writing. Also, fyi, planting seeds north of Boston in August is not likely to produce plump crops before winter. :)

  • Lynn Grundset
    2019-03-16 11:47

    This was very similar to other time travel books I was reading at the time. There isn't any literal time travel but the book switches between two stories spanning two centuries. Nice story with interesting way to approach healing of a broken heart. The "Ghost" aspect is slight. The ending was very predictable but not unwelcome. I've never read another Danielle steel book that I can recall but i will say it was better than I anticipated. I'm not going to rush out and get another by this author any time soon, but might try another one in the future.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-04 13:09

    Well written story that goes back in time to the Indian Wars and the struggles of a young woman fleeing an abusive husband in England and her trip to Boston and finding happiness and love. All this is learned from her journals as a man struggling after a divorce to find his way in life again and the ghost of Sarah helps him to do this.

  • Amy
    2019-02-22 13:42

    Another great book!! Again I could not put it down. This is a good read for people who love history, museum, or archival work!! Archivists and Curators will understand the feelings and obsessions in this book!!

  • Mary Liz
    2019-02-22 17:00

    Choppy, irritating book!

  • Zeineb
    2019-02-22 14:49

    Man, what a treat!