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The Ghost

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  5,233 ratings  ·  239 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 1997)
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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
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Alejandra Zárate
Ayyyy, al final se puso mejorrrr.
Aunque me hubiera gustado más de Charlie y Francesca. Me gustó.
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.
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
What can you say, she is an amazing writer, I stayed up many nights because I couldn't put this book down!!!
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
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
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

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
Benjamin Stahl
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
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
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
Lynn Grundset
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
The Ghost: By Danielle Steel

As I was sitting here reflecting on what was one of the best books I have ever read, and the book that always comes to my mind is The Ghost by Danielle Steel. It has been a long time since I have read this book, but what I remember most is it got me wanting to do genealogy.

Here is a story of a Man who ended up staying at a remote, exquisite lakeside chateau. Hidden deep in the woods. The home belong to a woman who lived and died there two centuries ago. He, Charles W
Lisa Buie-Collard
Apr 25, 2014 Lisa Buie-Collard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction, paranormal,
Recommended to Lisa by: Nancy Bradley
I've never read a Danielle Steel novel before. I know, right? I really liked history, the ghost part, the love stories in this novel. I was a bit surprised with the writing, over use of "but" and things like that as well as point of views and the diaries. I had a hard time with how whiny the main protagonist was in the beginning, but the story moved with enough speed to keep me engaged. I also felt one of the characters I thought would be prominent was basically brought in and then dropped. Swit ...more
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.
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.
Karen  Boruff
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
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!!
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"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-
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
Very easy reading. She's so good at description! I could feel the character's emotions! One of Danielle's best books.
I loved the healing that both sets of main characters received during the course of the story.
Laurie Carrico
Loved it! Highly recommend, first book I've read of hers
Mary Liz
Choppy, irritating book!
I enjoy reading this one. The setting and the characters are just perfect. When it's a cold, rainy, dark day, I usually take this one off the shelf.
It's well-written and does wonders to Steel's work.

She has collided and brought to life two stories from different timelines; past and present and gave the expression that not only are you reading Charlie's story, but also Sarah's.


For some reason I imagined Sarah's husband; François de Pellerin as Billy from Predator (1987). H
A great read! Despite the dissapointments, etc. encountered in their first marriages-- Charlie and Franscena allowed themselves to fall in love with each other. I truly, believe they found their "happily ever after." In my opinion, the adversity earlier experienced by Gloria Palmer, Charlie, Franscena and Sarah ... allowed them to help themselves and others "get their happy back." I would love to know what Franscena's mother thought about Charlie? ...would the mother be happy because Monique is ...more
Another decent story that got lost because of Danielle's desire to repeat everything and make her books 100 pages more longer than they have to be.

This book follows two stories. One is set in the modern day and the other is set in the past. The story set in the past is much better than the modern one but it's almost 100 pages in before we even get to that. It really annoys me with her books because the story is there but you have to struggle through some boring crap to get it, which is why the
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Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for ...more
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