UNLIMITED Audiobooks and eBooks

Over 40,000 books & works on all major devices

Get ALL YOU CAN for FREE for 30 days!

The Abbot's Ghost

Louisa May Alcott

Book Overview: 

Written by Louisa May Alcott under her pseudonym, A. M. Barnard, this Christmas story deals with the themes of love and defending one’s honor. Although he is disinherited and poor, Maurice Traherne tries to win the hand of his love, Octavia.

How does All You Can Books work?

All You Can Books gives you UNLIMITED access to over 40,000 Audiobooks, eBooks, and Foreign Language courses. Download as many audiobooks, ebooks, language audio courses, and language e-workbooks as you want during the FREE trial and it's all yours to keep even if you cancel during the FREE trial. The service works on any major device including computers, smartphones, music players, e-readers, and tablets. You can try the service for FREE for 30 days then it's just USD $19.99 (approximately €14.37) per month after that. So for the price everyone else charges for just 1 book, we offer you UNLIMITED audio books, e-books and language courses to download and enjoy as you please. No restrictions.

Book Excerpt: 
. . .In came the gentlemen, and instantly a new atmosphere seemed to pervade the drawing room, for with the first words uttered, several romances began. Sir Jasper was taken possession of by Rose, Blanche intended to devote herself to Maurice Treherne, but Annon intercepted her, and Octavia was spared any effort at politeness by this unexpected move on the part of her lover.

"He is angry, and wishes to pique me by devoting himself to Blanche. I wish he would, with all my heart, and leave me in peace. Poor Maurice, he expects me, and I long to go to him, but must obey Mamma." And Octavia went to join the group formed by my lady, Mrs. Snowdon, the general, and the major.

The two young couples flirted in different parts of the room, and Treherne sat alone, watching them all with eyes that pierced below the surface, reading the hidden wishes, hopes, and fears that ruled them. A singular expression sat on his face as he turned from Octavi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A great Christmas Eve read. Complete with ghost tales, forbidden love, miraculous recovery and drawing room intrigue, Alcott's tale would fit into any Downton Abbey episode.

Very sweet book in which all comes together well at the end, with virtue winning out. Though the setting was long ago and some of the culture old-fashioned, the author touched upon many assets of human nature that remain consistent over the ages. I was impressed by Maurice's loyalty to his friend...more

Christmassy Gothic-lite with sentimentality and melodrama. Not as bad as it sounds, actually, and was fairly entertaining. But it could have been more fun with a well-developed ghost.

Yes, that's right. Sometimes the thing that holds your story back is the lack of a well-developed ghost.

In this Gothic novella from Louisa May Alcott, better known for such children's classics as Little Women , a Christmas house-party at a grand old English estate brings together a group of family and friends whose complicated, and often fraught relations are clarified and healed over the course of the...more

Muy simple historia. Gente reunida echándose porquería a la cara, una mujer que grita porque ha visto un fantasma. Y a echarse más porquería a la cara.

La edición extremadamente cara. Lo venden como una maravilla visual en la que el lector vamos a vivir una experiencia única con ese li...more

En la mansión de los Treherne, antiguamente una abadía, se reúne un grupo de amigos para celebrar la Navidad. Están sir Jasper y su hermana Octavia, así como su madre. Maurice Treherne, amigo de Jasper, al que salvó la vida quedando él mismo en silla de ruedas. El coronel Snowdon y su joven espos...more

Rather predictable but the prose was magnificently purple!

This is a ghost story that is not very ghostly, also not very Christmasy. And definitely not Louisa May Alcott's best work (that would be Little Women, obviously.)

The Abbott's Ghost is another hidden gem written by Louisa May Alcott. Maurice Treherne saved his cousin Jasper's life after a misadventure in the water and was made a cripple because of it. Jasper of course is forever grateful but due to a small faux pas does a poor way of showing it. Maurice is...more

View More Reviews