Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.
Evacuated from London as a 12-year-old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters, and their father, Raymond.
Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother’s riddle. She, too, is drawn to Milderhurst Castle and the eccentric sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiancé in 1941 plunged her into madness.
Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. For the truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it....
©2010 Kate Morton (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
As always, she's written a lovely story. But I cringed each time I heard a cliche - which was far too often. Needed better editing; funny given that the main character's an editor!
So well written the characters came to life. The narrator did a great job and one is able to distinguish who is speaking at any time. So many mysteries just when you think you know what happened something else is revealed to make you second guess.
Beatrice A. Lumma
This was a fascinating story. I found myself lost in the mystery of motives and longings. Worth the time it took to listen.
This is my second Kate Morton novel. I really enjoy her detailed historical research and how she weaves her story around historical facts.
No, it was drawing out.
Yes it inspired me to organize my closets while listening to this long dragged out story.
I'm sorry I wasted my credits on it !
I'll avoid reading Kate Morton's novels and think twice before listening to Caroline Lee. Although the plot had potential, I felt like I was slogging through an abundant of verbiage to follow the plot. The ending appeared completely unbelievable and the development of specific main characters were not as dynamic to make their actions understandable. Only reason the novel got 2 stars is the plot had me compelled to finish the novel.
Caroline Lee read too slow. To complete the novel, I changed the speed of the narrator.
Many reviews had me believe that I would enjoy this novel. the narrator and author were well matched: Caroline Lee reading too slow and Kate Morton writing too busy saying very little.
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