Miramont's Ghost

Miramont's Ghost

by Elizabeth Hall

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ISBN-13: 9781477820469
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Pages: 334
Sales rank: 799,010
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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Miramont's Ghost 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was captivated by the idea of this novel and eagerly read through much of the novel... but then the author went down this twisted path that, frankly, is so depressing and perverted, you want to get drunk and forget your woes. It was horrible! An idea with so much potential turned into a nasty, disgusting and depressing book. I don't need a fairy tale ending but I also don't want to read a book that makes me want to jump off a cliff when I'm done with it. Please, save yourself the long read. This is NOT a historic novel. It is a grotesque manipulation of historical times without contributing to the extraoridinary world of fiction.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Not my cup of tea 1.5 *Book source ~ Kindle First From Goodreads: "Miramont Castle, built in 1897 and mysteriously abandoned three years later, is home to many secrets. Only one person knows the truth: Adrienne Beauvier, granddaughter of the Comte de Challembelles and cousin to the man who built the castle. Clairvoyant from the time she could talk, Adrienne’s visions show her the secrets of those around her. When her visions begin to reveal dark mysteries of her own aristocratic French family, Adrienne is confronted by her formidable Aunt Marie, who is determined to keep the young woman silent at any cost. Marie wrenches Adrienne from her home in France and takes her to America, to Miramont Castle, where she keeps the girl isolated and imprisoned. Surrounded by eerie premonitions, Adrienne is locked in a life-or-death struggle to learn the truth and escape her torment." I couldn’t even write my own synopsis of this story, so I did something I have never done before...copied from Goodreads. This story turned out far different than I thought it would be. Or even what it could be. A woman with visions *should* be interesting especially since it’s set in the past where people are not nearly as forgiving as they are today of those kinds of idiosyncrasies. But this book is boring. So very boring. I slogged through it and the last 20% or so wasn’t horrible, but I just couldn’t get into it. The plot had definite potential, but the execution was not for me.
Tinkermom77 More than 1 year ago
The story of Adrienne is a tragic one. Few people try to understand her ability to see the future. Her Grandfather and her Governess, Lucie are the only ones that don’t treat her as an outcast. Her Grandmother also had visions, including seeing her own death after giving birth to Genevieve, Adrienne’s mother. This connection to his lost wife makes her Grandfather very protective of his young Granddaughter. Adrienne’s mother is to worried about her marriage and the stress that her older sister, Marie, brings to the castle in France than her child, leaving Governess Lucie to be the true mother figure to Adrienne. When Marie first arrives back from America, Adrienne’s visions cause a slight uproar. Lucie fears what Marie is capable of and begins to record details of the visions and the reactions in her journals. Over the years, Marie returns to the castle a few times over the years and eventually convinces Genevieve to allow her to take Adrienne to Manitou where Marie’s son has completed his dream home, Miramont Castle. Marie is an evil and manipulative woman whose plans are not to show her niece the New World but to make her a servant in this strange place as a way to keep Marie and her son’s secrets safe. Once in America, Marie’s plan is revealed and the real tragedy befalls young Adrienne. I wasn’t sure if the story would keep my attention during the Prologue but I always give a book until the third chapter before I decide if I will keep reading. I was not disappointed as Elizabeth Hall was able to hook me in during the first couple of pages in chapter one. I love historical fiction. There is a romance to the Victorian era that just speaks to me. The main story takes place at the end of the 1800’s and Hall’s descriptions pulled me into the story as though I was living in the book. This was good and bad. I got so engrossed in Adrienne’s struggle I wanted to save her. My heart broke for her as she was being abused by her horrid Aunt. But Adrienne was a strong spirit, doing the best with what she had. I admired that. She draws strength from the memories of her Grandfather when she has been pushed almost to her breaking point.