Book Club Read for January 2011. I was pleasantly surprised by this little book. A very quick read, beautifully told.
Set in the the South of France in the 1920/30's the story is told by Freddie Watson a young man tormented by the death of his older brother George in the first world war.
Freddie, unloved by his parents truely felt that George was his only family and his inability to deal with his grief had driven his to a nervous breakdown. Following the death of both of his parents and a nasty bout of flu his docter suggests a holiday to France.
It was impossible not to feel for Freddie, on the brink of suicide - always wondering how George had died. After a car accident Freddie finds himself in the village of Nulle, hearing voices and whispers in the moutains and joins in with the village festival where he meets and falls in love with a young woman called Fabrissa, but the next day the locals deny seeing him at the festival and do not know of any woman by that name.
Has Freddie imagined it? Or is he able to bring Fabrissa home. Only the caves in the mountains can explain the truth and lift the terrible sadness from Nulle. Can he find the Winter Ghosts?