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The Distant Hours Audiobook

The Distant Hours

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Publisher's Summary

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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    the story and reading was wonderful! so many twists and turns! I would recommend the book for anyone who loves dirty little secrets!

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    Tanya 03-25-15
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    Love the author and the narrator. Stumbled on this book and others by this author by accident. I'm just hoping she is writing more books.

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    Roscoepound the Hound 03-14-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Writing isn't up to Morton's Best"

    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!

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    Denise ELK GROVE, CA, United States 03-12-15
    Denise ELK GROVE, CA, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2011
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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
    paige United States 03-08-15
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    "Usually love Kate Morton, but..."

    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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    "Kate is a great author!"

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

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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?

    No, it was drawing out.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Morton again?

    Yes


    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
    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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