The Winter Ghosts

The Winter Ghosts

by Kate Mosse
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The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

From the New York Times bestselling author of Sepulchre and Labyrinth-a compelling story of love, ghosts and remembrance.

World War I robbed England and France of an entire generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, the battlefields took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. In the winter of 1928, still seeking some kind of resolution, Freddie is travelling through the beautiful but forbidding French Pyrenees. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Freezing and 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 mystery that goes back through the centuries, and discovered his own role in the life of this old remote town.

By turns thrilling, poignant, and haunting, this is a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425245293
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 552,090
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Mosse is the author of the New York Times bestselling Labyrinth and Sepulchre and the Co-founder and Honorary Director of the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. She lives in England and France.

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The Winter Ghosts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Over a decade ago in WWI George Watson vanished while serving on the Western Front. His younger brother Freddie has not been able to move on having found no closure. His grief so great, Freddie spent time in an asylum. Ten years have passed since the Armistice ended the combat. Freddie works for the War Grave Commission which enables him to seek clues to his sibling. He drives a motorcar in the French Pyrenees still seeking solace. During a snowstorm, he crashes his vehicle near the remote village of Nulle. At the small mountainous hamlet Freddie meets Fabrissa. That evening, Fabrissa tells him her tale of harassment and death. The next day, Freddie cannot find Fabrissa, but his inquiries for her lead him to a six century old mystery. The Winter Ghosts is a fascinating 1928 tale of two individuals who come together for one night; each seeking solace over what was lost of their respective souls due to war. The story line starts extremely slow as Kate Mosse takes her time to set time, place and Freddie's angst. Still readers will enjoy the cost of war still being paid by survivors years, even centuries, after the hostilities end. Harriet Klausner
KatZombie More than 1 year ago
‘’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 be. The descriptions of regional France and the thoughts and feelings of the main character, Frederick, are beautifully told, with great detail and atmosphere. It’s not a scary ghost story, it’s a melancholy ghost story, with some sad moments and a sense of history and mystery thrown in for good measure. The illustrations throughout the book are perfectly matched to the tone, and add an extra dimension. I really enjoyed this book – it’s not action packed, but reads quickly and engrossingly, with beautiful writing.
Alec Caudell More than 1 year ago
This book was not what I anticipated at all. Too short and too predictable, not worth the $$$.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this book takes place in the past it's message is ageless. This book is about the horrors human beings suffer and ultimately the survival of the spirt. It is educational and inspirational. I would recommend it to anyone but especially to someone dealing with grief.
Deb Burke More than 1 year ago
Kate Mosse has quickly become one of my favorite authors and Winter Ghosts is a book I cannot wait to re-read.
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MD53 More than 1 year ago
An interesting story premise that really includes Winter Ghosts. The rememberances and possibilities are tied together to make a good story.
jkc-nj More than 1 year ago
good writing but the story is too predictable
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Sharon Stupar More than 1 year ago
I found this one to be not as well wriitten and attention capturing as her previous bookd
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Mavis1129 More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty short and you can tell what's going to happen from the beginning. I still thought it was good. I listened to it on audio and got distracted and had to start over, so the beginning is kind of slow. Once Freddie starts to tell the story of the letter, it picks up and becomes more interesting.
Catherine Simpher-Benwell More than 1 year ago
For those that enjoyed Labyrinth and Sepulcher this is a nice ghost story in much shorter form very well written