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The Distant Hours Audiobook

The Distant Hours

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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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    Denise ELK GROVE, CA, United States 03-12-15
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    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.

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    paige United States 03-08-15
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    I usually love the long Kate Morton novel, but the details in this book seem to belabor the point beyond being of interest.

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    Lucy 02-23-15
    Lucy 02-23-15

    I so enjoy Audible...helps me get my to-do list accomplished.

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    Long read. A bit slow, but worth the end. I need another one of her books...read all.

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    Beatrice Mishawaka,In.46545 02-21-15
    Beatrice Mishawaka,In.46545 02-21-15 Member Since 2012

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    This was a fascinating story. I found myself lost in the mystery of motives and longings. Worth the time it took to listen.

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    William F. Whitaker 01-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Distant Hours is a good reas"

    This is my second Kate Morton novel. I really enjoy her detailed historical research and how she weaves her story around historical facts.

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    nadine CAMINO, CALIFORNIA, United States 01-08-15
    nadine CAMINO, CALIFORNIA, United States 01-08-15

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

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    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Morton again?

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    Did The Distant Hours inspire you to do anything?

    Yes it inspired me to organize my closets while listening to this long dragged out story.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry I wasted my credits on it !

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    Mary 08-30-14
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    Would you try another book from Kate Morton and/or Caroline Lee?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Lee?

    Caroline Lee read too slow. To complete the novel, I changed the speed of the narrator.


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    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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    JoAnn Starkweather, ND, United States 06-11-14
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    "Love the reader but the story dragged"

    I've read this author before and loved her books so purchased this one. However, I maintained interest in the story with difficulty because it moved so slowly.

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    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 04-26-14
    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    I liked this story but I was a little disappointed with the ending. I guess I was expecting more of a twist as with The Secret Keepr. Don't get me wrong, the story is well written with well rounded characters and I loved the atmospheric mood but the ending was predictable and so it fell a bit short in the to me.

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    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-25-14
    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2011

    I am easily amused!

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    "Great Tale!"

    Once again, Kate Morton delivers an epic historical tale with sublime characters and a gorgeous setting and prose beautiful enough to make one weep. Mysteries are unraveled in an unpredictable and delectable fashion. This book moves a little slower than some of the others but that just served to the extend the pleasure.

    While the accent of the narrator was more Australian than English, she did a terrific job and enhanced the story with her performance. I own this book in three formats, that's how much I like it!

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