Spanning The Centuries
The Ghost by Danielle Steel is both a contemporary and historical novel about overcoming – both pain, hurt and disappointments. I read it when it was first released in 1997 and twenty one years later, The Ghost has stood the test of time and is still a marvellous read.
Strong characters created by Danielle Steel face life after either betrayal or abuse. They have to learn to take a risk and live again. Life is full of disappointments but we face a choice as to how we deal with them. Will we merely react? Or will we choose how to move forward?
There are two stories running parallel but separated by two centuries. There are similar themes running through both. the earlier story examines the Indian conflict and the fact that women were seen as goods in the marriage market. “She was traded for land.” In both centuries, everyone is fighting their private battles. “They each had their private sorrows.”
The characters are well drawn, eliciting emotional responses from the reader.
I thought the plotline was cleverly constructed with overlapping stories that had to face the past before moving into the future.
A thoroughly enjoyable story with a unique formula that entertains.