The Winter Ghosts
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Sarah Broadhurst's view...
Because the word ‘ghosts’ appears in the title we know what they are when they turn up but our protagonist doesn’t. How he comes to realise this and cope with it is cleverly done in a creepy tale of persecution, war, loss and love very reminiscent of Susan Hill’s creepy tales. It’s short and atmospheric, a one-sitting read, highly recommended.
The Good Book Guide Review. Perfect for reading by the fire on chill winter evenings, this bewitching tale of love, loss, and the ghosts of the past will hold the reader spellbound. Haunted by the death of his brother George in the Great War twelve years earlier, Freddie Watson travels to the south of France, hoping to find peace in the clear air of the Pyrenees. But when a car accident in a snowstorm leads him to a remote village deep in Cathar country, and a chance encounter with mysterious, tragic Fabrissa, Freddie begins to uncover a terrible secret that has lain dormant for centuries.
~ The Good Book Guide
The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse
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.
ReviewsMosse's story-telling packs a punch THE INDEPENDENT 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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Publication date28th October 2010
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PublisherOrion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
CategoriesModern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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