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Friday, August 22, 2014

Forgotten Friday: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

This meme is about books that have been pushed aside while others have gone viral and made into movies. It can be old books, new books, any book that never got its (or enough) time  in the spot light.

I got this book last Christmas, and I really enjoyed it. It's very similar to Tryst by Elswyth Thane in the way it's about a woman who falls in love with a ghost that inhabits an old house. It's different in the way that's it's not all about romance. It's about a widowed mother who is given a second chance of a life of her own when she moves into her new home that is inhabited by ghost of a sea captain. It's a really quick read (174 pages in my edition), and a realistic depiction of the difficulties of starting over on your own with all of the possible rewards.

Synopsis as taken from 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 struggles of supporting her children, seeking out romance from the wrong places, and working to publish the captain's story as a book, Blood and Swash, Lucy finds in her secret relationship with Captain Gregg a comfort and blossoming love she never could have predicted.

Originally published in 1945, made into a movie in 1947, and later adapted into a television sitcom in 1968, this romantic tale explores how love can develop without boundaries, both in this life and beyond.

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