Review: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Title: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Author: R.A. Dick
Publisher: Vintage Movie Classics
Published: September 23, 2014 (first published in 1945)
Paperback, 174 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8041-7348-3
Genre: Paranormal, Historical
Source: Publisher

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Thoughts: 
I've must have watched The Ghost and Mrs. Muir starring Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney about a dozen times in my life. I absolutely love the story! It's one of those old movies that you watch when it's cold and rainy outside or if you're feeling a little under the weather. It's comforting. All this time I had no idea that the movie was based on a book. I guess if I ever watched the credits carefully I might have known that, but I didn't. So upon recently learning that fact I knew I must read the book because, as you know, the book is always better than the movie.

If you're unfamiliar with the story line, I'll fill you in. Lucy Muir has been recently widowed. She's a young woman who had a very romanticized idea of life until she got married. Then her life revolved around her husband and her husband's family. They controlled everything she did. Before you get upset (rightly so) remember this book took place in the early 1900's. Anyway, Lucy craves the freedom to make her own choices, so she leaves her in-laws and moves with her children into a house that is said to be haunted by it's late owner, Captain Gregg. Well, it is haunted by Captain Gregg, who decides she can stay, and an unusual friendship forms between the two.

The book closely follows the movie, but with a few exceptions. This is one of the better book-to-film adaptations that I've experienced. This book is a total love fest for me. I love the story; I love the characters. After I finished reading The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, I immediately wanted to watch the movie again. This book will be filed under comfort reading for me to take out again and again when the mood strikes. I can't wait to read other titles from this collection as well. 

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Other titles from this series include:
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Alice Adams
The Bitter Tea of General Yen