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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Vintage Movie Classics)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  649 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Burdened by debt after her husband's death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted. Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a special companionship with the ghost of handsome former sea captain Daniel Gregg. Through the stru ...more
Hardcover, 174 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Buccaneer Books (first published 1945)
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Darla
Beautiful, sad, romantic story. Less than 200 pages, a really quick read. In this case, I thought the movie (1947, and one of my favorites) did a really great job representing the original story. The only thing that was really different is that Lucy had a second child in the book, while in the movie she had only a daughter. My guess is that in the movie, it was too much to try to fit in the plotline an explanation of her relationship with her son; it was interesting to read it here. Side note: t ...more
Almeta
Some of my complaints in reading is that "nothing is happening"; Character Studies are generally not for me; Romances too sappy; Paranormal too unrealistic.

So to my surprise I found this book to be a very sweet romantic look at one woman's struggle to mold her life on her terms. I was always tense when others, well-intentioned or not, tried to force her into "doing what was best" for her.

To my surprise, I even cried at the end of her journey! A charming story.
Jane
I zipped through this one--a charming, delightful novella about a widow, Lucy Muir, wishing to escape her domineering [though well-meaning] in-laws. She begins to exert independence and settles in a cottage by the sea. She meets the ghost of a sea captain, Captain Gregg. The two form an unlikely but warm friendship which lasts through the years. His wisdom and counsel along with prompt action rescue her from several scrapes. To escape penury, she "ghostwrites" [wordplay intentional :)] his memoi ...more
Diamond
I really, really enjoyed this book. I was skeptical because of the many tepid reviews. I adored the movie; and thought it would provide me further insight to the characters I loved so much in the film. If you like the film I highly suggest you read this book. There are differences; for example Mrs. Lucy Muir has a son in the book, Cyril. However I can see why the film adaptation didn't include him in the story.

This is a short book. It's one of those easy, short, lovely books that you can read i
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Hannah
In my opinion, this book is one of those rare occurrences where the movie adaptation (starring Rex Harrison and the luminous Gene Tierney) actually improves upon the book on which is was based.

A quick read, and does provide some background info. that the movie didn't (although again, the "filler" doesn't make the movie characters as enchanting as you'd imagine).

Not sorry I read it, but glad that the scriptwriters modified it for film - otherwise, I don't think the movie wouldn't be the classic i
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JoAnn
This is a lovely gem of a book. I liked it more than the movie, which is very good, and am so glad I just happened to see it on the library shelf.

It is the story of a young widow with two children who decides to start asserting herself even though it is against her nature to do so. She ends up renting a cottage by the sea that is haunted by the ghost of the sea captain who lived there several years earlier.

I was feeling a bit sniffly at the end and then when Capt. Gregg told Lucy she would feel
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Gina Dalfonzo
Having seen and enjoyed the movie version several times, I was delighted to run across the book! It's beautifully written and a pleasure to read. And while I'd willingly watch Rex Harrison any day of the week and twice on Sundays, I have to say that the role of the captain is better written in the book. His character is more well-rounded and, I might even say, has a more moral point of view. For instance, he insists that Lucy apologize to Martha for her sharp words near the end of the story ("Yo ...more
Katherine
What a delightful, charming book! So quaint and yet quite funny with occasional profound wisdom--a real gem.
Linda
Closer to 3.5 stars.

Isn't it funny when you have watched a movie and more than once, only to find out it was a book written long ago? Of course, the movie was made decades ago but it never occurred to me that it was a book first.

I first saw THE GHOST AND MRS MUIR in black and white when I was a teenager and fell in love with the ghostly charm of Captain Gregg, the sweet Mrs. Muir and, of course, the awesome music. Years went by and I saw it again late one night as an adult. I still thought it wa
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Rebecca Macarthur
I was nine or ten years old when I saw the black and white, 1947, movie version (starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney) on a rainy Sunday afternoon and it's remained at the absolute top of my favorite films list for the past 40 years. Until a few days ago, however -while re-watching the film with my 10-year-old daughter- I'd never noticed it was based upon an actual novel. (written by a woman, Josephine Leslie behind the masculine nom de plume of R.A. Dick) At 10, I suppose the salty sea captai ...more
Debra
Delightful little bittersweet story to be read curled up in a cozy blanket on a rainy day. Saw the movie in my childhood and have fond memories of it.
Trisa
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir follows the life and times of Mrs. Lucy Muir, a young widow and mother of two, in search of a life that is truly her own, away from the influence of her in-laws and others. Her search leads her to purchase the former house of Captain Daniel Gregg, who stills haunts its halls (which Lucy is fully aware of when she decides to live there...interesting). Even with her new move, Lucy's quest for independence (of thought and action) is not without challenge from former and new ...more
Sharon
This is a lovely, touching and sweet book. It is not a large book and is not taxing to read.
Quite a few themes and thoughts are explored, mainly the desire for independence and the ability to break free from the shackles of a life where you do and act in a way that others expect. captain Gregg gives Lucy the confidence (sometimes just by plain meddling himself) to start asserting herself. The relationship and bond that forms between them is lovely and not hankered by any sexual element, since a
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JayeL
This book is a really quick read. I have read it before, but it is hard to find as the library system to which I belong only has one copy. I guess nobody remembers the TV show, so it isn't that popular. I actually think that I might buy this book and put it on my "read this again" shelf.

The style of this book reminds me of Rosamunde Pilcher's style, just a story that the author is telling. It doesn't have a discernible genre, e.g. nobody is gruesomely murdered so it is not a mystery. There are v
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Linda
Watching the movie caused me to do a little reading. This is a wonderful story of pure entertainment regardless of the medium.
Saturday's Child
A quick easy read for my "spooky" October reads.
Deborah Ideiosepius
This was a favourite fiction read of my teen years, I finally re-acquired and re-read it and it was as lovely a story as I remembered.

Like the Jane Austin books this book satisfies in it's descriptions of people and society, but does so without sermonising. The world is seen only in context of the individuals and their experiences and at the end one closes the book with a feeling of satisfaction at a book well read.

It is as good as I remembered it, and I am very happy I have managed to get a new
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Randy
Oct 08, 2014 Randy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The basis for Joseph L. Mankiewicz's cinematic romance starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison.

Burdened by debt after her husband's death, Lucy Muir insists on moving into the very cheap Gull Cottage in the quaint seaside village of Whitecliff, despite multiple warnings that the house is haunted. Upon discovering the rumors to be true, the young widow ends up forming a special companionship with the ghost of handsome former sea captain Daniel Gregg. Through the struggles of supporting her childr
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Derek Emerson
I'm a huge fan of this movie, so I decided to go back to the book to see how the author envisioned it. The movie focuses on the love story, and the book looks more at the questions of life after death. Lucy is curious (naturally) and asks questions of the Captain that I always expected in the movie. It covers probably 40 years of her life, so it does move quickly and glances over areas where you want to see more. Still, it is a remarkable story of someone connecting with the world beyond and mak ...more
Katie
this is one of my favorite simple reads. it's such a sweet tale of romance, self growth, and womanhood. i think my description is more complex than the book, but this is truly great read. to set the right mood, settle into a blanket on the beach with a picnic and happy families around (yours or others) and enjoy a tale of the sea captain and a lady that met under wrong timing, but love conquers all. :-)
Tina
If I had the luxury of being a writer for a living, I would write a modernization of this novel. I love the concept of humans and ghosts falling in love. I don’t know why, but maybe it’s the tragic romance aspect of it? Aside from the concept, I liked the pace, I liked the characters for the most part, it was short… but it was still a novel from the 1940s, which means it was not steamy in any way whatsoever and it was very bildungsroman point A to point B regarding structure and format. If it ha ...more
David Edmonds
I received this from a friend for Christmas, and her gift theme this year was books that were the basis for famous movies. It's been years since I've seen the film The Ghost and Mrs Muir (and I didn't even know about the sitcom series from the 60s), and I'll admit up front that I had no idea the movie was based on a book, so I went into the book with no preconceived expectations. Turns out, I love this book!

The story follows Lucy Muir, who strikes out on her own after the death of her husband. D
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Chris James
Well, this is not the story I expected at all. I kept thinking I would read the book version of the movie, set in the early 1900's with the Captain and Lucia, not the Captian and Carolyn. While I readily saw most of the characters in the film in the characters in the book (a reflection on excellent film casting, perhaps), this was not the same story at all -- but, oddly enough, I wasn't overly disappointed.

This was a quick and entertaining read. (I read it in just a couple of hours, including in
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Zoe
Cannot really say this is a historical novel, as it was contemporary when it was written. This is hands down, the best paranormal romance ever written. The movie is good too, but the dialogue is so natural and the pace so lovely and serene, the book is a must read. Of course, it's out of print.
Arlene Allen
One of my favorite books of all time. Yes, it's old fashioned, sweet but never saacharine. This is only one date of multiple readings. I love amazon because in the 21st century I was actually able to own my own copy.
Justine Olawsky
This was such an appealing and charming, yet odd and distinctive novella. I have never seen the movie that was made of it, so everything about it caught me be surprise.

The character of the widow Mrs. Muir was quite well drawn, and she was never too sweet. There were nice little rough edges all about her. The Ghost, that is to say the very lively spirit of one deceased Captain Gregg was very much in the mould of the frank, somewhat rough-and-tumble hero who speaks truths plainly to the heroine, b
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Lori
I loved the movie, I loved the television series, and I loved the book. "Little" Mrs. Muir's husband has passed away, leaving her to raise their two children. His family would happily care for them as long as Mrs. Muir fits comfortably into their lifestyle. Mrs. Muir, Lucy, wants more. More privacy, more independence and freedom to live her life and raise her children. The only house she can afford is inhabited by the ghost of Captain Gregg. Through the years, these two form a friendship that be ...more
Daniela
Before I begin with my review, I urge anyone who hasn't seen the movie "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" to immediately drop everything and do so. Otherwise you are really missing out!

Gene Tierney stars as Lucy, a young widow, who moves to an old house on the seaside with her daughter. On her first visit it turns out the house is let so cheaply because it is haunted, but Lucy decides not to let herself be frightened away and confronts the ghost, a former sea captain played by the handsome Rex Harrison.
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Melody
What a charming little book. It's amazing how true to the story the screen writer was. This is one of my favourite films of all time and I liked the television production as well. For those who have never heard the story.... Lucy is widowed at a young age with 2 small children. She lives with her horrid I laws and so buys a Gull Cottage, a small haunted cottage on the coast. She struggles with love, her children and finances, all with the aid of her ghost. I really recommend the book to all.
Marcie
I've must have watched The Ghost and Mrs. Muir starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney about a dozen times in my life. I absolutely love the story! It's one of those old movies that you watch when it's cold and rainy outside or if you're feeling a little under the weather. It's comforting. All this time I had no idea that the movie was based on a book. I guess if I ever watched the credits carefully I might have known that, but I didn't. So upon recently learning that fact I knew I must read the ...more
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“Oh, Lucia the captain said softly, you are so little and so lovely. how I would have liked to have taken you to Norway and shown you the fiords in the midnight sun, and to China- what you've missed, Lucia, by being born too late to travel the Seven Seas with me! And what I've missed, too.” 6 likes
“Knowledge and book learning are not wisdom," said the captain.

"Is this book wisdom?" asked Lucy, putting the manuscript back on the table.

"It has some elements of wisdom in it, me dear," replied the captain. "I did not lead a very wise life myself but it was a full one and a grown-up one. You come to age very often through shipwreck and disaster, and at the heart of the whirlpool some men find God.”
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