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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,194 ratings  ·  376 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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Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a sense of romance
In a land far, far away, there was once a young girl who saw a delightful movie with Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney, that stole her heart and peeked her imagination and set some fairly unrealistic ideas of what love is or at least can be. While browsing library shelves this week, what should that young girl, turned older lady, come across but the book from which that lovely movie sprang. Couldn’t resist.

It is a lovely little book, more a novella than a novel. It was exactly the break I needed, h
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
As a youngster, I used to watch the television show, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" starring Edward Mulhare and Hope Lange along with Charles Nelson Reilly and Reta Shaw as the indomitable Martha. I always loved the show and it's whimsical take on a haunted sea-side cottage. So, when I happened upon this book at my local library, I decided to read it. The T.V. show was more comical and lighthearted than the book. I never saw the movie made from the book, starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney; so I d ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Ghost And Mrs. Muir" is refreshingly unique, surely startlingly original in its day, in beautifully-told prose. Ireland's Josephine Aimee Campbell Leslie was an eloquent, gifted authoress. She acquaints us with Lucy, Anna, Gregg, and Martha endearingly. For superb originality and authorship, five stars are easily earned. I settle at an appreciative four. Despite coming out 71 years ago, even earlier than the goody-goody 1950s, it was disappointing that Lucy quavered and seldom stood her gro ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
It's been years since I saw the movie so my memories of it are a bit hazy. However, I do find the novel to be really good. I especially love the idea that narrowminded people that don't care about other's can't hear the captain's voice. They are shut off spiritually. Anyhow, I've wanted to read the books for years and I'm glad to say that the book was just as good as hoped it to me. Now I want to re-watch the movie!
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful, sweet and beautifully sad romance. A romance that isn't a romance but really is. I loved it.

I saw the old black and white movie years ago - and lapped up the tv series - but this source of those two visual medias is far better.

It is the story of a widow who wants to break out of the family restraints and live life her way. She buys a house near the sea and meets it's invisible resident - the ghost of Captain Daniel Gregg. The Captain helps Lucy Muir to live the life she wants
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
Julie  Durnell
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfectly delightful story seasoned with Captain Gregg's salty language-just as good as the movie and perhaps even better!
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.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goosebumps at the end. I found it so relatable with so much truth in it. I loved this book!
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Oh, what an absolutely sweet and lovely book this turned out to be. A classic of the era, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir carries the reader on a soothing journey of finding oneself.

Lucy Muir wants only to be allowed to live life in her own terms without too much inference from her late husband’s sisters or his mother. To achieve her independence, she moves to a sea side village of Whitecliff and begins life anew in her own terms with her children. But Gull cottage also has another resident, that of a
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
This was such a nostalgic read. As a child of the 60's I remember watching the TV version on the ABC right before dinner. And the movie with Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney is a romance classic.

Such a sweet and classic love story although as a book the characters are a little one dimensional and the writing a tad dated. But the descriptive passages of Gull Cottage and the wind swept cliffs balance this out and I dare anyone to read the last page without a tear in their eye!

Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, classics
What a delightful, charming book! So quaint and yet quite funny with occasional profound wisdom--a real gem.
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you were to ask me to name my top two or three favorite fantasy novels, the answer would take me a long time to come up with, given the overwhelming number of possible choices. But if you wanted to know my top two or three fantasy films, well, I could give you that reply fairly quickly. One of them would of course be "The Wizard of Oz" (1939), which I steadfastly maintain must be viewed on the big screen. Next up, for me, is "The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T" (1953), co-created by Dr. Seuss himself ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With tv on hold right now, it seems that channels are leaning way in to movies for quarantine entertainment...and I am here. for. it.

I'm normally not one to prefer the movie to the book, but I'm making an exception here. The movie version of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was so wonderful that I eagerly dove into the book fully expecting a deeper look into the lives - and loves - of these characters.

And I suppose technically I did get that with the book...but it wasn't what I had been anticipating. Poo
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
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A delightful short tale of the young widow Mrs. Muir (Lucy) who struggles to find her own way to build a life for herself and her children away from dominant in-laws. When Lucy rents a seaside cottage, she encounters an annoying ghost who befriends her resulting in an unusual relationship and absolutely wonderful ending.. Having seen the movie first enhanced the romantic aspect of the story that is not quite so evident in the book.
Trisa (Absolute Bookishness)
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
Gina Dalfonzo
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Still just as delightful as a re-read.

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Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Lovely writing. Bittersweet. Such an incredible unique story.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story - which is why Hollywood bought it. However, not all that well written. Rather superficial. The heroine's character was a weak willed sort - she said and did things that made me wonder why the captain wasted his time on her. Other characters are mostly one dimensional. I have a feeling I may have stumbled on one of those instances where the film is actually better than the book. I had to laugh while reading this: ""This is not the least like 'Cranford'," Lucy said." - She wasn't kid ...more
mentions of suicide (dated)

Not bad, just some characterizations that I don’t really vibe with are here. I also found the protagonist’s relationship with her children very unusual. She’s very indifferent to them and I found that really odd.

“It was quiet in the room. Only the clock ticked on in the remorseless, mechanical minutes that men have made for themselves to measure away the joy and sadness of their earthly lives.”

Oh my gosh. I loved this so, so much. How had I not read it yet? I was afraid, since I had seen the classic 1947 movie first, years ago, that too much would differ and I wouldn’t. I LOVED IT. I can safely say that this is a favorite book, something reaalllly hard for me to decide and remember and be able to tell
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've wanted to read this book most of my life, because I loved the movie so much (with Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison). Now that I've finally done it, I'm strangely almost speechless. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and cried like a baby at the end. And I applaud the author for such an unusual and clever story. And the movie makers for sticking pretty closely to the book. But this may be the rare instance when the movie is even better than the book. Reading the book only made me appreciate the beau ...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.” 15 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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