The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Sepulchre and Labyrinth-a compelling story of love, ghosts and remembrance.

World War I robbed England and France of an entire generation of friends, lovers and futures. In Freddie Watson's case, the battlefields took his beloved brother and, at times, his peace of mind. In the winter of 1928, still seeking some kind of resolution, Freddie is travelling through the beautiful but forbidding French Pyrenees. During a snowstorm, his car spins off the mountain road. Freezing and dazed, he stumbles through the woods, emerging in a tiny village, where he finds an inn to wait out the blizzard. There he meets Fabrissa, a lovely young woman also mourning a lost generation. Over the course of one night, Fabrissa and Freddie share their stories. By the time dawn breaks, Freddie will have unearthed a tragic mystery that goes back through the centuries, and discovered his own role in the life of this old remote town.

By turns thrilling, poignant, and haunting, this is a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage.


 

About Kate Mosse

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Kate Mosse is the co-founder and honorary director of the Orange Prize for Fiction and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
 
Published February 3, 2011 by Berkley. 289 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Horror, War. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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In Mosse's wisp of a new novel (after Sepulchre), Freddie Watson is a stilted young man who has not gotten over older brother George's disappearance on the Western Front during WWI. It is now 10 years

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The Guardian

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The satisfying trademarks of Mosse's fiction are all in place in this romantic ghost story: its setting in the mountainous region of south-west France;

Nov 12 2010 | Read Full Review of The Winter Ghosts

New York Journal of Books

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.” By stepping outside time, Freddie learns how to remember, but also how to never lose sight of the future, and ultimately, how to act.

Feb 03 2011 | Read Full Review of The Winter Ghosts

New York Journal of Books

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.” By stepping outside time, Freddie learns how to remember, but also how to never lose sight of the future, and ultimately, how to act.

Feb 03 2011 | Read Full Review of The Winter Ghosts

Book Reporter

Mosse deftly weaves medieval and 20th-century stories of grief, and uses Freddie to embody the feelings of loss and eventually the enlightenment of getting past the hopelessness and isolation he has within him.

Mar 28 2011 | Read Full Review of The Winter Ghosts

The Washington Post

But when George's ghost appears, unannounced and fleeting, Freddie is left both comforted and newly bereft.

Feb 09 2011 | Read Full Review of The Winter Ghosts

The Washington Post

But when George's ghost appears, unannounced and fleeting, Freddie is left both comforted and newly bereft.

Feb 08 2011 | Read Full Review of The Winter Ghosts

Suite 101

Here is another extract from the book: 'He says that although they sing of the Cers wind crying in the trees when the snows come, it is the voices of those trapped in the mountains.' ( pg 192, The Winter Ghosts ) Shocked and saddened by what he has discovered in the caves high up in the mountai...

Sep 21 2010 | Read Full Review of The Winter Ghosts

Curious Book Fans

As a huge fan of Kate Mosse’s previous novels, Labyrinth and Sepulchre, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on The Winter Ghosts.

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