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The Distant Hours | [Kate Morton]

The Distant Hours

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.
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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

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    Kristie Independence, VA, United States 10-23-11
    Kristie Independence, VA, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!"

    This was my second book by Kate Morton, but my first audio version. The story was great - I hated for it to end. The narrator did a nice job and I would probably look for her when choosing an audio book. I would highly recommend this novel as well as The House at Riverton. I felt a connection with several of Morton's characters and can't wait to read her other novel.

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    S United States 10-20-11
    S United States 10-20-11 Member Since 2011

    Writer, editor, translator.

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    "Over the top sad"

    As usual, Kate Morton combines Brontean tragedy with a Dickensian plot in an "I Capture the Castle" setting. Don't read if you can't stand open windows into other people's pain . If you can take it, however, it's Morton's typical well-plotted mystery unraveling at a slow and steady pace. As all her books do, the story pulls you forward, keeps you wanting to know what happened next, and why. And as all her books do, she evokes another time and place beautifully.

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    Leeanne Wellard, Australia 05-17-11
    Leeanne Wellard, Australia 05-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "The Distant hour"

    great book, well told, take time to get into the book and you will enjoy it

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    Patricia Brewster, MA, United States 05-05-11
    Patricia Brewster, MA, United States 05-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Wonderful writing and narration"

    I loved this book. Caroline Lee expertly reads this marvelous tale. Right to the end, it was intriguing and kept me wondering what comes next and how is this all going to come together. I recommend this book. Thank you Kate Morton & Caroline Lee, I have enjoyed all of your audio books.

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    Rebecca British Columbia, Canada 04-18-11
    Rebecca British Columbia, Canada 04-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful!"

    I agree that that this is Morton's best book yet. The Forgotten Garden was also fabulous, but with this book I found the mystery a little harder to puzzle out on my own. It wasn't quite as obvious where this story was going as it was with the Forgotten Garden. A love how she is able to weave her tales together through time and history. Definitely a suspenseful and charming story of family secrets.

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    Kelly Cotati, CA, United States 04-17-11
    Kelly Cotati, CA, United States 04-17-11
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    "Love the Author!"

    This is the third book I have read by Kate Morton, and it is probably my least favorite of the three.I found the story extremely interesting, but slow at parts. The book is great, and the narration is pleasant. If you like this book I HIGHLY recommend you read the other 2 as well. She is an amazing Author.

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    Marcie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-07-11
    Marcie Virginia Beach, VA, United States 03-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Totally intriguing"

    Well developed characters and lots of twists and turns. Beautifully written and beautifully read! I will definitely look for more from this author.

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    "A Twist in the Tale"

    I absolutely loved this twisting, turning tale from beginning to end. The characters were well drawn and sympathetic and Morton really brought war time England to life.

    The main attraction of the novel, however, was the absolutely gripping tale of the family from Milderhurst Castle and how the past has affected their relationships and their futures. I was enthralled. I was totally shocked by the ending, and how the ending changed my perception of the characters and the motivations for their actions.

    I thoroughly recommend this book.

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    Linda Hensens North Carolina, USA 12-29-11
    Linda Hensens North Carolina, USA 12-29-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Hmmm, still on the fence"

    I have several audiobooks by Kate Morton, and I usually love to read her books. However, this one didn't thrill me or excite me as her others have. Can't say that I would recommend it to someone to read as I found it quite boring in parts and the storyline jumped around from character to character without really finishing the development of same before moving on to something else. This author is one of my favorites. I loved Secret Garden, and I have the House at Riverton to tackle next. I usually review books that I would listen to again and again. This one won't be one of those types of books. It just didn't do it for me.

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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 01-13-13
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2010

    Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.

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    "I am a sucker for interesting stories."

    No nail biting thrills, melodrama, bodice ripping or gory murder, just an intricate story beautifully written, sweet, sad and redeeming.

    Imagine being able to write a story as wonderful and engrossing as this without any of the above.

    If you are looking for something fast-paced this may not be the book for you. The story is layered, sweeping, with everyone having a voice.

    Loved it!

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