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Ferney

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  566 ratings  ·  122 reviews
A novel for anyone who's ever believed that two people are destined for each other, that passion has no end, and that true love never dies...
It was an accidental detour inspired by one of Gally's frequent panic attacks that sent her husband, Mike, down a twisting lane to the abandoned country cottage. From the moment she saw it, Gally felt a peace she hadn't known in years
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Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 3rd 2000 by Bantam (first published 1998)
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Ian Mapp
Could be contender for book of the year. Already.

I loved this book and couldnt wait to open it and read it. There are a couple of themes and passages within the book that are attitude changing.

Essentially its a lover story - and although there are parallels to Time Travellers wife, this came first. It also reminded me a little of last house on the strand, with its references to changing landscapes.

We have a newly wed couple - Gally and Mike. We know Gally has problems sleeping but Mike is a pati
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Hannah
Jul 23, 2010 Hannah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Reincarnation fans
Ferney has lived a long time. A very long time. Over 1,500 years.

At least his soul has.

This novel by James Long makes the case for reincarnation, love, time and history. As the book begins, the year is 1990, and 26 year old Gally and her husband Mike take a detour to avoid a car crash, and find themselves in the English village of Penselwood, in front of a delapidated house by the name of Bagstone Cottage. Gally, who has been troubled by nightmares for as long as she can remember, feels a sense
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Sara
It is great to see Ferney being re-released in the UK. HarperCollins published this book not long before I began working there back in 2000, and I know the publisher felt that it should have had more attention than it got. I read it over ten years ago, and the ending is still particularly vivid. The love story is absolutely original – a forerunner to The Time Traveller’s Wife – with a beautiful English countryside setting. I won’t give any more away, but if you can find it, read it!

NB: There’s a
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Linda Rollins
An extraordinary story from start to finish.

A young woman, with a variety of neuroses, and her husband buy an old, tumble-down cottage because it 'feels right' to her. Along comes an old man named 'Ferney' with a very strange story to tell. The long-suffering husband doesn't get along with Ferney and vice-versa; we find out why as the story moves us along.

The circumstances of this love story could have made for some very uncomfortable reading, but it was written with such delicacy and a real fe
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Angela
I just absolutely loved this book in every way! I only read it because I was lucky enough to win the sequel on the Goodreads giveaways, and I'm so glad that I did.
It is described as a romance that spans 1300 years with the two main characters being destined to be re-born again and again. However this is no mushy, lovey-dovey romance, but what I would describe as a well written love story.
I can definitely recommend reading this book - it's one that I will definitely read again and probably again
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Kara
One of my top ten all time favorites! This story will stay with you long after you finish reading the book.
bookczuk
Lovely book that gives a great view of the English country side and village life. I love stories that mix times and throw in history.

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It was an accidental detour inspired by one of Gally's frequent panic attacks that sent her husband Mike down a twisting lane to the abandoned cottage. Yet from the moment she saw it, Gally felt a peace she hadn't known in years and the inexplicable sense that she had finally come home. And so she had. For as Mike worries and fusses over their ne
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Nisareen
Fifteen hundred years earlier...
Two soulmates make a pact with the aid of a magical stone to not let even death itself, seperate them. However, fate and tragedy have often conspired against them despite their many reincarnations.

Present Day...
It was an accidental detour inspired by one of Gally's frequent panic attacks that sent her husband, Mike, stumbling down a twisting lane to the abandoned country cottage. From the moment Gally's gaze falls upon it, she feels a sense of having come home. A
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Gill Chedgey
Ferney by James Long

This novel is immense in its breadth and concept. In fact it is extraordinary, breathtaking and at times too bewildering to get your head round. And those of us with a spiritual inclination toward karma and reincarnation, past lives and rebirth will be scurrying to meditate on these new possibilities!!

Yet on another level the story is astonishingly simple in terms of contemporary time travel fiction. But, and this is a big but, in my opinion the execution of the tale doesn’t
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Mafi
Quando Mike e Gally decidem comprar uma casa fora da cidade que vivem, devido ao estado de saúde mental de Gally, Gally sabe perfeitamente onde quer viver. Após uma longa procura da casa ideal, encontram acidentalmente uma belha casa na Vila de Somerset e infrutífera de casas que são bonitas mas de alguma forma não muito bem que eles acidentalmente cair e para desconforto de Mike, Gally afirma que a casa é perfeita.É aqui que encontram Ferney, protagonista da história, um homem idoso, quase com ...more
CuteBadger
This is a review of both Ferney and its sequel The Lives She Left Behind.

While Mike and Gally Martin are looking for a country home they stumble across a ramshackle cottage to which Gally feels strangely drawn. The whole village seems familiar to her and Ferney, an old man who wanders the local countryside, seems particularly keen to get to know her. Gally feels a mounting connection to the cottage and to Ferney, who must wait patiently until she is ready to hear and accept the truth about their
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Emma
Ferney has an interesting concept, but sadly the book itself was not my cup of tea. James Long obviously has a vast knowledge (or did plenty of research) of the history of the area where Ferney is set and tries to put it all into the book. While interesting at first, sometimes these historical revelations and retelling jarred and slowed the pace of the story down. Rather than focusing on the characters and their development, it felt that Long was more interested in conveying his wealth of knowl ...more
Clare O'Beara
This is a somewhat slow tale and readers may lose interest. A flighty young woman and her sensible partner come to live in Somerset in a cottage and meet a rural man called Ferney. He shows them a standing stone in a field and talks about Roman times.

The story gradually expands so we see that the three have in fact lived previous lives and in the time of hill forts and clan battles, they were joined somehow in a pact to remain together so that they keep meeting up in new lives. Of course, they
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Rachel Pirie
This book is unbelievable.

Not in a good way.

The basic premise is that Ferney and Gally have been reincarnated throughout time, always ending up in the same village and in love with each other. Now, I have no problem with fantastical premises, suspension of belief is one of the joys of reading. But Long completely fails to convince that this premise could possibly work and what results is a story about an old man and a young woman with some kind of odd connection. This may be a story in itself,
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Lexi
I finished reading Ferney on Sunday, but I've been so busy with giving my class their final and Christmas shopping that I haven't had time to do a review. This book is another that was in the bag of random books my mother-in-law gave us a couple of years ago. I don't quite know what to say about it. I guess I liked it, but it's kind of not a book you LIKE.

Ferney is about a woman named Gally and her husband, Mike. They are looking for a new home, somewhere out in the country, somewhere outside of
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Trina Hollis
Lovely! A book full of history between two people reborn throughout history. Ferney and Gally's paths cross over many times, sometimes just missing each other and others catching each other at different times. Can they be together for just one lifetime. The twist at the end was not one I had thought of and I didn't predict the end! that is why I really liked this story. can't wait to read his new one.
Gillian
I certainly liked the sound of this novel and begain reading it with relish. The first few chapters were as good as expected but then I began to get confused. I begain to find the read very hard going and rather dry. It was a brilliant concept but I just didn't follow the story. Maybe I should have persevered but I gave up.
Jacquie
This is one of my all-time favourite books. I was left thinking about the story line long after I had finished it. Fantastic concept and lovely, lovely story. I'm not generally into love stories but the idea surrounding this took it far beyond an ordinary love story. If I could buy a copy I would.
Emily
In Ferney, the reader meets Mike and his nervous, haunted-by-the-past wife, Gabriella, nicknamed Gally. Filled with love, tenderness and concern for her, Mike still does not fully understand the mystery behind Gally’s nightmares or why she develops a sudden, desperate attraction to the Somerset village of Penselwood which they happen to pass through in the car one day, while venturing away from their home in London.

In this tiny, historic village, Gally is drawn to the abandoned, run-down Bagston
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Nicola
Really loved this book. A litle slow to start and the sytle of writing sometimes made it difficult to follow but after a few chapters I was gripped.
Lynne
Great book, I borrowed this from the library and enjoyed it so much that I bought myself a copy and the sequel
Sharon
Disappointing, although there were some worthy parts. The history skipped about too much and didn't allow you to get your teeth into anything. The characters were hugely disappointing. Apart from Mike I didn't like them. I didn't really care what happened to them; I found the whole thing quite far fetched and ridiculous. True love develops with age to a point where the physical self becomes less important not more!
Finally, I was able to guess large parts of it. Out of 12 readers in my book club
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Nancy
Jun 24, 2008 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in time travel.
Recommended to Nancy by: Lisa Brown
All things are possible!
Shari Larsen
An accidental detour inspired by one of Gally's panic attacks sends her and her husband Mike down a twisting lane to an abandoned cottage. As soon as she saw it, Gally felt a peace that she hadn't felt in years, and a sense that she had finally come home. As Mike works on the restoration of their new home, Gally finds herself growing closer to their 83 year old neighbor Ferney. Why does she become so attached to a virtual stranger? And why does Ferney seem to know her better than she knows herse ...more
John
I read Long's second novel, Silence and Shadows (2002), for review when it first came out, and liked it enough that I went out and bought myself a copy of its predecessor. Shamefully, it's taken all this while for Ferney to jump off the shelf and into my hands. More or less, the wait has been worth it.

Young couple Mike and Gally Martin are searching for a new house somewhere in the country to offer Gally a change of scenery so she can forget a miscarriage and the subsequent breakdown. They find
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Juliet Wilson
Gally and her husband Mike have moved to a small village in Somerset to make a new start. Gally feels strangely drawn to a run-down old farmhouse so they buy this and camp out in a caravan until the house is restored to its former condition. Soon after moving, they meet Ferney, an old man who Gally finds herself as drawn to as she is to the house.

Ferney has in fact lived many incarnations in this area and believes that Gally has accompanied him through the ages. He has vivid memories of how the
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Maxine Wetherall
Mike and Gally Martin move to Somerset to renovate a dilapidated cottage in the village of Penselwood, which has a mysterious attraction to Gally. Gally is in a vulnerable state of mind having recently suffered several miscarriages. Mike feels very protective towards Gally and is wary of Gally's increasing friendship with an elderly man called Ferney., who does not appear to like Mike. Ferney knows much about the cottage's history and Gally appears to be remembering lots about the cottage as wel ...more
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Margaret
Whether you believe in reincarnation or not Ferney by James Long is a most enjoyable read. It� s difficult to write about it without giving away too much. I liked the balance between historical fact and imagination as the story of Ferney and Gally unfolds.[return][return]When Gally and her husband Mike buy a derelict cottage in Penselwood in Somerset they meet Ferney, an old man of 80 who knows the history of the cottage. [return][return]Gally thinks it is perfect. Despite his misgivings Mike ag ...more
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James Long was a BBC TV news correspondent until the end of the 1980s. After two years starting and running an international TV station out of Zurich, he returned to England to concentrate on writing, which had always been his first love. He wrote four thrillers, then went back to a story he had begun many years earlier and which grew into Ferney. The book was originally born fro
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