The Ghost

  • by Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by Joe Grifasi
  • 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With a wife he loves and an exciting London-based career, architect Charles Waterston's life seems in perfect balance. Nothing prepares him for the sudden end to his ten-year marriage-or his unwanted transfer to his firm's New York office.
Christmas is approaching when Charlie leaves New York, heading to Vermont to ski. But a sudden snowstorm strands him in a small Massachusetts town. There Charlie meets an elderly widow who offers to rent him her exquisite lakeside chateau. Hidden deep in the woods, it once belonged to a woman who lived there two centuries before named Sarah Ferguson. And from the moment Charlie sets foot inside the chateau, he feels her presence.
When Charlie first glimpses her, a beautiful young woman with jet-black hair, he thinks it is a neighbor playing a joke. Until he finds her diaries hidden away in an old trunk. As he begins to turn the brittle, dusty pages, the spirit of Sarah Ferguson seems to fill his life. Sarah's first entry is dated 1789 as she writes of her harrowing journey from her native England, having fled the brutality of her aristocratic husband. Settling in Massachusetts, Sarah finds an unfamiliar land seething with the turbulence of the Indian wars. As she builds her home in the wilderness and meets a man who will transform her life, Sarah finds freedom from the torment of her past. His name is Francois de Pellerin, a French nobleman adopted by Indians and drawn into the battle for the growing nation. Their fateful union is a testament to a love so powerful it reaches across the centuries. And for Charlie Waterston, their story gives him the courage to let go of his past, and the freedom to grasp a future that is right before his eyes.
In The Ghost, Danielle Steel brilliantly interweaves past and present, bringing to life two stories, centuries apart, in a timeless novel of courage, healing, and love.
From the Hardcover edition.


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Customer Reviews

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Good for Danielle Steel Fans

I enjoyed this book. Although I realize not all agree with me, I am a fan of Ms. Steel's novels. The story line jumps back and forth between present day and the 1700s. The title is a bit misleading as this is not a ghost story as one might think. Instead it is a love story with a bit of ghost added to it. I really wanted to write this review to let listeners know that the narration isn't very good. Mr. Grifasi has agood voice however he simply reads this book aloud rather than changing his voice between characters. I think maybe this was an early recording before the narrators actually became actors. It was a bit off putting, but I liked the story so much I kept going and found after awhile it didn't bother me as much as it did in the beginning.
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- Stevie D.

Depressing book

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who don't get depressed easily.

What could Danielle Steel have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make it a lot less depressing. I did not need a full quarter of this book to be devoted to a divorce.

What about Joe Grifasi’s performance did you like?

Very well read. The performance was great and I always prefer having a man read my romances to me, since women don't do much for me in that way, if you know what I mean. Too bad he couldn't do much to help the story itself.

What character would you cut from The Ghost?

The old lady. She really had no purpose at all in this story other than to rent out a house, but a LOT of time was spent on her.

Any additional comments?

I very rarely write bad reviews, but this book was depressing, depressing, depressing. Not much of a paranormal aspect, in short, there are VERY few ghosts in this story named Ghost. It did make me cry, which is not always a bad thing, but it really brought up all of the bad relationships I'd had in my own life. That is not what I want from a romance. Plus, it was a story about a story, really. A lot of it took place in the late 1700's, which is not a period of time I really like to visit. I thought I was getting a story about ghosts and romance, but all I got was a story about a couple of people who were hurting bad trying to get over it and an old story about some woman in the past with a ghost thrown in once or twice just for the heck of it. And did I mention it was very depressing?

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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2011
  • Publisher: Random House Audio