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The Ghost

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  6,282 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
With a wife he loves and an exciting London-based career, architect Charles Waterston's life seems in perfect balance. Nothing in his comfortable existence prepares him for the sudden end to his ten-year marriage—or his unwanted transfer to his firm's New York office. With nothing left to lose, Charlie takes a leave of absence from his job to drive through New England, hop ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published November 3rd 1998 by Dell (first published January 1st 1997)
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Jul 27, 2011 Giovanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantic
This book was recommended to me by my Grandmother and is the first book I ever read by Danielle Steel. I have to thank my Grandmother when I see her again for recommending such an excellent book.

Everything in this book is to my delight, exactly as I would have written it. I've always pondered what I would do if I found some deceased persons diary from a century or more ago. I would read it thoroughly, then probably just lock it away somewhere.

This book brought to my attention, some of my interes
Feb 07, 2009 Lori rated it it was amazing
What can you say, she is an amazing writer, I stayed up many nights because I couldn't put this book down!!!
Mar 12, 2009 Laurie rated it liked it
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Alisha Kennedy
Aug 13, 2016 Alisha Kennedy rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A love story within a love story. Romance novels are not one of my favorite genres, for some reason they depress me, but this one was so beautifully written even I couldn't help breeze through it. A woman strong of character and heart, through her journals from the late 1700's, help two present day people to open their hearts after being heartbroken by previous marriages.
Sep 22, 2010 Dennis rated it did not like it
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May 05, 2011 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My aunt brought this book to me. She said it was one of the best Danielle Steele that she has written....and I think she has read them all. The primary story is about Charles Waterson whose wife recently left him. He was shocked as he didn't think there were any problems in the marriage. Moving from London to New York does nothing to help Charles adjust to his new wifeless life. He is not doing well in his job and decides to take some time off and go to Vermont to ski. In a snow storm, he discov ...more
3,5 stars

This is a story about starting over and a story about new beginnings. If you think your life is over, think again because you never know what the future might bring. I have enjoyed reading not only about Sarah's courage but also about Charlie and the way he turned his life around after a bitter divorce and although I wasn't expecting much from this book I enjoyed reading it. It's an interesting tale of courage and love and it's very entertaining.
Danielle Steel has managed to keep me in
Sep 01, 2016 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was terrible. If it wasn't for my inability to not finish a book I would have thrown it out of the window. None of the characters were well developed, they whined constantly and the repetitiveness. Oh my god the repetitiveness!

On page 300 I do not need to be told that the mc is upset because his wife left him - I learned that on page 1. There was nothing left to common sense or the imagination. I don't like it when a writer treats me like I have the attention span of a gnat.

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Apr 27, 2009 Shaunna rated it really liked it
I'm not going to add all her books on here that i've read. For a long time she was the only author I read and have never found a book by her that I didn't enjoy. I recommend anything by Danielle Steele.
Benjamin Stahl
Feb 24, 2013 Benjamin Stahl rated it it was ok
Shelves: ghosts
Personally, I just about hated this book. I'm not one for romance, but I thought I would try something new. But this book, for the most part, is just too lame and pathetic and painfully predictable. While there is some darkness, some drama, throughout this heartfelt bullshit, most of the story is just about how much these stupid little characters love each other - really not my cup of tea. But I have given this book the benefit of the doubt, and refrained from rating it one-star. Admittedly, the ...more
Mar 23, 2010 Darlyn rated it really liked it
It's a heartfelt story that I just couldn't resist. I just finished this book and I loved it. It is a very good story and I loved reading about Francois and Sarah. Their story is so heartwarming and inspiring. As Charlie said while reading the journals, Sarah and Francois life experience almost feel real to me. Although I kind of hoping that Sarah is really a ghost that physically communicating with Charlie instead she just wanders around and makes only one time appearance to Charlie, and never ...more
I have a low tolerance for romance, but this was good for reading on a cold night in a stressful December. The depictions of Native Americans were stereotypical. That Sarah managed to find the one white guy that lives with Natives seemed very Dances With Wolves. Also, this sentence is horrible in so many ways: "Her thin waist dazzled him [sic]". Stephanie Meyer must be a Steel fan.
Alejandra Zárate
Dec 10, 2014 Alejandra Zárate rated it really liked it
Ayyyy, al final se puso mejorrrr. ❤
Aunque me hubiera gustado más de Charlie y Francesca. Me gustó.
Jan 02, 2012 Nіsha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2012-reads
This is my first book by this author, and has been sitting on my shelf for nearly 4 years. The cover was not that appealing enough for me to actually want to read it. But as of 2012 I had made a resolution to read every single book on my shelf before I go out and buy myself new books for full price.

I'm very glad that I read this book because it was a wonderful read. This book alternates between the present day and the past. It is a book about moving on and finding that special bond that one is m
Jan 28, 2012 Veronica rated it liked it

The story starts off with Charles Waterston, who is going through a divorce, he is heartbroken, his wife left him for another man, and he just can't stop thinking about her and how his life just got screwed up.I actually liked this part of the book, it hit close to home. But he was getting so whiny and kept repeating the same thing over and over. If that's not enough, his firm transfers him to New York, but that is too much for him to handle. He takes leav
Mar 08, 2008 Robin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romances
This is probably my favorite Danielle Steel books. You have a story within a story in this one. The outside frame story is of a man who thought his life was wonderful until his wife leaves him for another man, he moves back to America, he realizes he hates his job, and takes an extended ski vacation. This is where the second story is woven into the plot. He gets stuck in a snow storm and ends up renting an old house from a woman in Vermont. While there, he discovers the diaries of Sarah Ferguson ...more
Nov 15, 2008 Stephanie rated it liked it
I was a little hesitant to read Danielle Steel. Sure she has sold over 430 million novels and this one was a New York Times Bestseller, but I always got the impression she wrote smut. What I didn't know was how wrong I was.

While the book started out a little slow, making me hope for a little smuttiness, I started wondering why so many read her novels. Then out of nowhere it picked up big time. The romance, which I'm always a big sucker for, was so well done I found myself wishing I was a charact
Karen  Boruff
Sep 10, 2014 Karen Boruff rated it liked it
I know she is supposedly a popular writer, but she bores me stiff. This book moved slowly, used tons of words to develop "nothing". I found the sub-story more interesting than the actual one. If you fall for the hype and don't mind taking forever to have a story develop, you might enjoy this. Personally, I hate reading her stuff. I am a disabled USAF veteran, have MS and spend a lot of time in bed. I buy my books at the local Goodwill...and just grab what they have, so there is something here to ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Feb 11, 2015 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it did not like it

"With a wife he loves and an exciting London-based career, architect Charles Waterston's life seems in perfect balance. Nothing in his comfortable existence prepares him for the sudden end to his ten-year marriage—or his unwanted transfer to his firm's New York office. With nothing left to lose, Charlie takes a leave of absence from his job to drive through New England, hoping to make peace with himself." (From Amazon)

Originally when I read Danielle Steel novels I would have rated them 3-
Jan 20, 2016 Steph rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the stories in this book (there are two woven together). It was fun how toward the end it was like learning about some local history as the Battle at Fallen Timbers was referenced.
Something that frustrated me was the use of but and and. Holy cow! Sentences started with them, the repetitive use in a single paragraph. It was frustrating. I hope her other books are not that bad. I think it would turn me off of her writing.
Also, fyi, planting seeds north of Boston in August is not likely
Lynn Grundset
Jun 01, 2010 Lynn Grundset rated it it was ok
This was very similar to other time travel books I was reading at the time. There isn't any literal time travel but the book switches between two stories spanning two centuries. Nice story with interesting way to approach healing of a broken heart. The "Ghost" aspect is slight. The ending was very predictable but not unwelcome. I've never read another Danielle steel book that I can recall but i will say it was better than I anticipated. I'm not going to rush out and get another by this author an ...more
May 25, 2009 Kathy rated it really liked it
Well written story that goes back in time to the Indian Wars and the struggles of a young woman fleeing an abusive husband in England and her trip to Boston and finding happiness and love. All this is learned from her journals as a man struggling after a divorce to find his way in life again and the ghost of Sarah helps him to do this.
Dec 17, 2008 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book!! Again I could not put it down. This is a good read for people who love history, museum, or archival work!! Archivists and Curators will understand the feelings and obsessions in this book!!
Dec 31, 2013 Glenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the title, there are few conventional ghost story elements in this book. It is actually a modern romance intertwined with a historical romance in a charming setting with likable characters. Everything was resolved nicely except I wanted to more about how Gladys was doing.
Mary Liz
Sep 21, 2011 Mary Liz rated it did not like it
Choppy, irritating book!
Jun 23, 2008 Liv rated it it was amazing
Very easy reading. She's so good at description! I could feel the character's emotions! One of Danielle's best books.
Mindy mittelsteadt
this book was sooo good. and it was really inspring. it shows u that no matter how hard u think ur life is someone has it worse nd that u can live through it
Apr 26, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this story just like I have all her others. It was sweet and had a good back story. I just love it.
Sep 04, 2016 Ana rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this book, good flow to the story. really loved the characters.
May 25, 2008 Meredith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: danielle-steel
I loved the healing that both sets of main characters received during the course of the story.
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