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'veI 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. Due to a large amount of debt that he left her, and trying to escape the overbearing, constant presence of his family in her life, she decides that all she needs in life for her and her children is a place of their own and solitude for herself. After being shown Gull Cottage in the village of Whitecliff, Lucy decides on the spot that she must live there, even though she is warned very strongly about moving there because the house is haunted. Determined not to let something as simple as a ghost deter her from her dreams of independence, she moves into the house anyway and ends up forming a friendship with the ghost of sea captain Daniel Gregg. Over the course of her life and through multiple struggles, she and Captain Gregg become more than just friends, and ultimately the story grows beyond her story to become their story.
This is a charming and quick read. I finished the book in one reading, and is the perfect book to sit down with a cup of tea on a chilly winter afternoon and enjoy. ...more
I'm not going lie. I wanted to like this book, oh how I wanted to like this book. The Thirteenth Tale has remained a favorite since I first read it inI'm not going lie. I wanted to like this book, oh how I wanted to like this book. The Thirteenth Tale has remained a favorite since I first read it in 2006. I press it into friend's hands when I find out they haven't read it. I hand sell it in bookstores, even though I work for none. I love this book. Naturally when I heard Diane Setterfield was releasing a new book after so many years, I was ecstatic! Then the blurb! I was hooked. I latched onto the first copy I could come across, made a pot of tea, curled up in my favorite chair, and expected to not put the book down until I finished.
And I read. And I read a little more. And I read a little bit more. And when I realized that by halfway through the book, the story was not moving anywhere, I had to set it aside. I had learned a great deal of how fabric mills worked, but I couldn't find that essence of story that I was looking for. I thought perhaps the timing just wasn't right, that in my enthusiasm for the book I rushed too quickly into it.
I've tried on three separate occasions now to pick it back up, and I can't. It does break my heart to right this review, as I think Diane Setterfield is a wildly gifted storyteller, but with this book, I just... I just can't. Will I be there to snatch up her next offering? Absolutely! Bellman and Black just missed the mark for me....more