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The Winter Ghosts By Kate Mosse The Winter Ghosts By the author of the New York Times bestselling Labyrinth a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage In the winter of still seeking some kind of resolution to the horrors of

  • Title: The Winter Ghosts
  • Author: Kate Mosse
  • ISBN: 9781409112273
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Winter Ghosts By Kate Mosse By the author of the New York Times bestselling Labyrinth, a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage In the winter of 1928, still seeking some kind of resolution to the horrors of World War I, Freddie is traveling through the beautiful but forbidding French Pyrenees During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road Dazed, he stumbles throBy the author of the New York Times bestselling Labyrinth, a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage In the winter of 1928, still seeking some kind of resolution to the horrors of World War I, Freddie is traveling through the beautiful but forbidding French Pyrenees During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road Dazed, he stumbles through the woods, emerging in a tiny village, where he finds an inn to wait out the blizzard There he meets Fabrissa, a lovely young woman also mourning a lost generation Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories By the time dawn breaks, Freddie will have unearthed a tragic, centuries old mystery, and discovered his own role in the life of this remote town.
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    1. Amalia Gavea on said:

      Bones and shadows and dust I am the last The others have slipped away into darkness Around me now, at the end of my days, only an echo in the still air of the memory of those who once I loved Solitude, silence Kate Mosse is one those writers that I trust completely I d choose one of her books without reading the blurb or a single review without reservations Although I ve never read the Languedoc trilogy because I ve been spoiled to the degree of knowing every single detail, The Taxidermist s Dau [...]

    2. Edward's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring) on said:

      This was a quick yet entertaining read The ending was a little confusing and vague thoughI will say straight off this book was perfect for my snowy getaway to Switzerland in December It had a good dark, cold and even a bit eerie feel to it and as night comes early in the winter this was a really good pick.I really liked how the author was able to create a really good atmosphere in this, she fully managed to paint a good picture of the time periods and the setting Heck it even made me want to vis [...]

    3. Hannah on said:

      Rating Clarification 4.5 StarsBeautifully rendered ghost story that encapsulates grief better then any I have read in a long time This tale of separation, loss and redemption is bittersweet to the very end Author Kate Mosse s descriptive prose is lovely, and the story is haunting without being cliched While I wasn t too impressed with her longer novel, Labyrinth, Mosse delivers an emotional knockout with this shorter work Of added bonus is the ink drawings preceeding each chapter by Brian Gallag [...]

    4. Meg on said:

      I have created a new shelf in honor of this book, ie too painful to finish I tried for another 20 pages or so, but it is too awful for me to waste my time on This is my review when about one third through This story is so tediously over written, that I am not sure I can finish it The plot moves at a glacial pace with childish elaboration As I finish reading several pages when almost nothing happens, I can t help but think of the few sentences that El Leonard would have wrapped it up with This wo [...]

    5. Anne-Marijn Küthe on said:

      Loved it Loved the atmosphere, the writing and the history

    6. Damian Dubois on said:

      The ideal setting to read a book concerning ghosts would be during the dead of winter, tucked up comfortably in an armchair in front of a warm cosy fire, while the wind outside howls through the eaves and the snow blankets the land outside.For some reason I always manage to time my reading of ghost stories when the weather is unseasonably warm for goodness sake, we re only a third of the way into spring and it s already stinking hot so the ideal mentioned above unfortunately fell by the wayside [...]

    7. Sarah on said:

      Freddie is haunted by the memory of his brother George, who lost his life during World War I After years of sadness and a brief stint in a sanitarium Freddie journey s around France When a snow storm leaves him with a broken car and lost in the mountains he winds up in the village of Nulle, Freddie finds a girl with a similar past who leads him to a monumental historical discovery.The Winter Ghosts is a quick read, which is good because it will distract you from the lack of story it has Mosse to [...]

    8. JackieB on said:

      I thought this would might made a good short story, but it was padded out to novel length The beginning quarter of the book was largely unnecessary to the overall story, and rather tedious I was thinking of abandoning it when the story really began as far as I was concerned.Unfortunately, the main story seemed full of plot holes, or plot devices pushed too far Having the main character, who was the narrator, write Looking back, I cannot believe I thought X did Y did not fill them as far as I was [...]

    9. Blair on said:

      This was a thoroughly enjoyable little story with plenty of atmosphere and intrigue I ve only read one other book by Kate Mosse the readable but somewhat heavy handed Sepulchre and The Winter Ghosts was far better Like Sepulchre, it reads rather like a YA novel, and I wasn t at all surprised to learn it s an expanded version of a previously published short story But the characters are likeable, the plot grips, and Freddie s meeting with the mysterious Fabrissa and his subsequent discoveries are [...]

    10. Graham on said:

      An exquisite ghost story, well told, highly emotive, short and to the point This one has a beautiful backdrop to it in southern France, a land of snow clad mountains and icy forests I m not ashamed to admit it had me bawling at the end.The various plot strands are neatly woven the great sense of loss following the Great War psychological grief 14th century history an atmospheric and subtle ghostly presence worthy of the best Victorian authors and even a little mystery here and there I ve not rea [...]

    11. Laura on said:

      We are who we are, because of those we choose to love and because of those who love us A nice and cozy little read perfect for a winter evening It has a few ghosts but concentrates on life, on a wounded soul and the way to heal it and, above all else, on the need to love and be loved in turn.

    12. Bettie☯ on said:

      This is the expanded story that was originally released as The Cave, a 97 page short story for World Book Day 2009 0752884506 ISBN13 9780752884509 A beautiful cover silver hoar frost roses as if on a pane of glass and inside there be maps swoon.Illustrations by Brian Gallaher Known unto God Rudyard Kipling epigraph carved on the tombstones raised to the memory of unknown soldiers and airmen OLD WINTERPitiful old Winter has returned,Limping up and down our roads,Spreading his white blanket of sno [...]

    13. Elizabeth Sulzby on said:

      I found this brief novel about the Cathars persecution in the 14th Century of France to be much elegant and rewarding than The Labyrinth I think Mosse uses the time shifting from the early 20th Century to the 14th century much skillful and convincing As with the Labyrinth, the caves allowed whole communities to hide from persecution and death to a point The main character has to resolve issues in his modern life with his grief for his brother who was killed in WWI, with his relations with his [...]

    14. Carmine on said:

      Ossa, ombra e polvere La notte degli innocenti non solamente la storia dell elaborazione di un lutto, bens anche una suggestiva riflessione sul ricordo.Ognuno di noi, oltre alla normalissima paura della morte, teme soprattutto di essere dimenticato.Teme che, dopo il nostro passaggio, quello che rimanga di noi siano solo ossa, ombra e polvere.D altro canto, chi condannato a cercare un motivo per vivere protagonista del libro si aggrappa al ricordo per non morire dentro, ma con il pericoloso risch [...]

    15. Paula Cappa on said:

      Beautifully written The descriptions absolutely came to life on the page This story of ghosts, love and romance, and the supernaturalism of the past leaking into the present 1933 is a fascinating one Freddie is a charming and sympathetic character, deeply introspective, who stayed with me long after I closed the book Hidden caves, mysterious images, and Mosse s evocative prose made for a suspenseful read This is not a scary ghost story, melancholy and cerebral I liked this novel far better than [...]

    16. Felice on said:

      It s 288 pages What is this a short story The Winter Ghosts is a stand alone novel, not part of the series that ties Labyrinth and Sepulchre.Is Kate Mosse mad at me The Winter Ghosts starts like a classic spook tale with the arrival of a stranger In 1928 Freddie Watson enters a bookshop in Toulouse clutching a letter written in a dead language He then tells the shocked bookseller his story Watson had not been able to get past his adored brother s death during WWI After ten years of grieving, con [...]

    17. Kat on said:

      The dead leave their shadows, an echo of the space within which once they lived They haunt us, never fading or growing older as we do The loss we grieve is not just their futures, but our own I brought The Winter Ghosts as one of my first ever e books nearly two years ago, so I ve no idea why I even choose it I think because it sounded like a sad and intense story, set in France, which has always held a fascination for me The Winter Ghosts is a slow story, but it is the type of story that should [...]

    18. Erika on said:

      I would have liked this book if it was a short story as opposed to a full length novel Sadly, the length of this book seemed unnecessary to me, not enough was going on.

    19. Furrawn on said:

      I struggled with the first half of this book I almost put it down The lovely language kept me loyal I persisted The reward was a bittersweet ghost story that leaves one feeling happy to be human inside I love that sort of book.

    20. Furqan on said:

      1.5 rating, since there were one or two things I actually liked about this book It is suffice to say that it was a load of sentimental bollocks I would have given up on this book, only if I hadn t read and enjoyed Mosse s previous novels see Labyrinth and Sepulchre Also, it was a short read, so I thought I might as well finish it because I absolutely hate abandoning books half way through Just like Hosseini in The Kite Runner, Mosse tries to over sentimentalize the suffering and grief of her pro [...]

    21. Nikki on said:

      The Winter Ghosts felt like a novella than a full novel it was a very quick read Mind you, I found Kate Mosse s other books to be very quick reads, too It s funny, though, with her books I don t remember much of the plots, only the scenery therein, and the devices she used to tell the story thankfully not in operation here, though it still feels a bit clumsy, of which in a moment I have a vague recollection of feeling comfortable, of curling up with the books with rain outside, but not of the [...]

    22. Imi on said:

      I m pretty certain if this book was any longer I wouldn t have finished it Saying that, it s strange that for such a short book, my main thought was that it needed a damn good edit A short story may have worked, but as a novel it did nothing for me There were some interesting ideas somewhere underneath all the waffle, but the execution was flawed and overall reading this was a bit of a drag Many parts of the book turned out to be largely unnecessary to the only interesting part of the story, the [...]

    23. Angie on said:

      Winter Ghosts is a ghost story, but is also a story on grief and its effects on the human mind and spirit It s one of the best depictions of grief that I ve ever read It was hauntingly beautiful, and Kate Mosse s literary style of writing engaged me Having worked as a mental health professional, I feel a special empathy when reading about those who have or who are experiencing mental illness symptoms This book definitely stirred those feelings I also loved the illustrations that accompanied each [...]

    24. Annalisa on said:

      E un delizioso acquerello invernale, questo libretto.Racconta di un lutto lungamente elaborato, di quella terra di nessuno che ti incastra in un passato sempre pi idealizzato e che ti fa capire cose sottintese, mai spiegate.I fantasmi dell inverno sono quelle presenze sfumate che noi non lasciamo entrare nell oblio.

    25. Erin on said:

      A ghost story set in the aftermath of the Great War Excellent read

    26. Lady Delacour on said:

      Sad but hauntingly beautiful, written tale,following the journey of a hurting soul.The lovely narration of Julian Rhind Tuttdrew me in and never let go.Clean except, for a mild bad word.

    27. Arybo ✨ on said:

      Voto definitivo 5 Voto matematico 1.5 5, arrotondato a 2 per la buona idea di partenza, sviluppata, ahim , male The dead leave their shadows, an echo of the space within which once they live They haunt us, never fading or growing older as we do The loss we grieve is not just their futures but our own Stile La scrittura della Mosse molto evocativa, ma spesso eccede nelle descrizioni Queste sovrastano la trama L unica cosa che, a distanza, mi ricorder di questo libro la neve letteralmente ovunque [...]

    28. Océano de libros on said:

      A o 1928 Freddie Watson sale de su reclusi n en un sanatorio debido a la p rdida de su hermano George y se embarca en un viaje por los Pirineos franceses Ese viaje terap utico acaba en un accidente en el que se encontrar con una mujer misteriosa llamada Fabrissa y se adentrar en un mundo lleno de secretos Cuando te tienes que pensar mucho en qu puntuaci n le das a un libro es que el susodicho no ha cubierto tus expectativas Y es que le ve a posibilidades a este libro y m s leyendo su sinopsis y [...]

    29. Susan (aka Just My Op) on said:

      2 1 2 stars Ten years after his brother, George, is killed in WWI, Freddie is still obsessing over him and his death Entertaining thoughts of suicide, he travels alone to the Pyrenees, crashes his car, and ends up in a sad, isolated village He meets a woman whom he instantly loves, and listens to her very disturbing story.Yes, this ghost story has ghosts, a definite plus in my book I don t understand Freddie s obsession with his brother, an obsession that causes him to be institutionalized Yes, [...]

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