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Some Old Lover's Ghost

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  524 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Combining the eloquence and compassion of great English storytellers such as Rosamunde Pilcher and Joanna Trollope with a keen sense for how we reconcile the present by connecting to our past, Judith Lennox comes to America with this international bestseller.

Rebecca Bennett, thirty-one, financially strapped and reeling from a disastrous love affair, has just ta
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 20th 1999 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1997)
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Alisa Buchanan
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I love this book. I read it at least once a year. Great story. Good ending. Wonderful characters.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe das Buch leider nicht beendet. Nach knapp 50 Seiten hatte ich einfach keine Lust mehr. Die Story an sich hört sich interessant an, aber der Schreibstil war langweilig.
Sandra Friesenecker
I simply loved this book and all the characters in it.
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
A friend recommended this love story/mystery by an English author. It reminded me of "Possession" by AS Byatt, but less literary and consequently easier to read (an essential when you're a mother of four trying to sneak in some reading while still making your toddler think you're playing with her.)
Nicky Alan Author
Wonderful nostalgia

Yet again Judith takes us on a nostalgic journey of love loss and survival integrating its twists and turns into the present day experiences of the character Rebecca. Lovely poignant story that identifies the preciousness of nostalgia and family memories and healing from them.
Suzanne Stokes
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely story, perfect summer reading and I finished it over two days. So glad to have discovered this author.
Louise Morris
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hard to put down. An absorbing mystery and enigma.
Yang Shu-yuan
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die junge Fernsehjournalistin Rebecca Bennett ist begeistert: Mitten in einer Beziehungskrise erhält sie den Auftrag, als Biographin der berühmten, aber medienscheuen Wohltäterin Tilda Franklin zu fungieren. Aus London reist sie nach Oxfortshire ins idyllische Landhaus der alten Dame, um deren Werdegang von der Geburt in einem Armenhaus über ihre enttäuschte Liebe zu dem schwächlichen Abenteurer Daragh Canavan bis hin zu ihrer aufopfernden Karriere im Dienst bedürftiger Waisenkinder zu beschreib ...more
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich lese immer dann ein Buch von Judith Lennox wenn ich mal wieder ein richtig gutes Buch zwischendurch brauche. Da mögen man selbsternannte Intelektuelle vielleicht schmunzeln über den Schund den ich mir da mit einem sonst selten erscheinenden Lesevergügnen zu Gemühte führe, aber Judith Lennox Bücher beinhalten immer (!) alle Dinge, die mir an einem Buch wichtig sind: vielseitige und 'runde' Charaktäre, eine durchdachte Haupthandlung, Nebenhandlungen mit Hintergedanken die sich auch auf die Hau ...more
Linda K
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Starting in the year 1912 in England and spanning until current day, this book was rather a saga of families torn apart by a rape of a young maid by her wealthy master and the baby it produced, as well as the destruction and anguish of two world wars.

Now in her 80's, Tilda, employs Rebecca to write her biography, with the hidden desire that she might unravel one great mystery of the family. The story segues from old to current times, weaving a story of deception and pain. At the same
Сhristie ♥
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Можливо, цьому роману не вистачає витонченості, закінченості чи глибини, але кілька факторів таки заставили мене читати його з великим задоволенням! А саме: це сімейна сага з паралельними історіями різних героїв, де таємниці минулого тісно переплітаються з реальністю. В кінцевому результаті, ти сам стаєш частиною розказаних історій. Разом з Тільдою намагаєшся повернути справжнє кохання її життя, а з Ребеккою докопатися до істини. Правда найбільше пронизує зовсім не доля Дари, ядра всього сюжету, ...more
Brenda Hawley
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I bought one of Judith Lennox's novels at a library sale as gnerational novels are often a good escape. Lennox is a gifted story teller- her characters are never cardboard and her novels encompass social issues in England's past such as suffrage and World Wars. In this book, a late 1990s biographer is asked to write the story of a benevolent older lady who is known for her good deads towards orphans and abused children. Little does the young woman know that she will uncover a nest of secrets, mo ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm currently on page 258 of this book and although it's enjoyable I'm irrationally annoyed by the use of dike instead of dyke.

The author is writing about my home county of Cambridgeshire with places I regularly see but insists on using the American term of dike. As she is a Brit born & bred I have no idea why she would do this. It's definitely dykes in Cambs, not dikes

Every time I read the word it makes me want to throw the book across the room!
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
It isn't perfect literature, but it will keep you going until the very end. The writing avoids cliches, builds character in a pretty refreshing way, and will cause your emotions to take quite a hike. Definitely recommend it. And I think Lennox is one of those writers who will continue topping herself.
Charlotte Davies
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping tale, really wanted to rush through it as couldn't put it down. Sense of Deja vu whilst reading it though!
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Een schrijfster met liefdesverdriet neemt de opdracht aan een biografie te schrijven van een oude dame. Ze wordt verlieft op de kleinzoon van de oude dame en ontdekt een familiegeheim.
Een schrijfster neemt de opdracht aan een biografie te schrijven van een oude dame
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Judith Lennox lives in Cambridgeshire, England with her husband and three sons.