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
I love to read stories with a little mystery in them. Kate Morton is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading her newest book.
Yes, but I did read the book first. I listened to this book in my car all the way to the west.
I didn't really have a favorite character. I liked them all!
I like the way she tells the story with emotion.
Kate Morton takes her time to set up her venues, characters and their angst. What lovely prose and emotions that come off the pages and into our minds. The audio version is my favorite. Brava!
This was so well written and narrated, I felt I knew everyone personally and went through every emotion imaginable. Every transition was seamless and easy to follow. The story was mesmerizing. I would recommend this to anyone with a creative heart!
Well written mystery, although a bit burdensome in detail. Overall depressing story that does not leave one feeling uplifted, but rather with a feeling of regret over the characters.
This is one story that is almost impossible to describe. Such complex characters and storylines. And an endless amount of surprises, one after another. The talent of this author is so remarkable, I've actually never experienced the type of immersion that this story insists on. Because of the many layers of personalities and events, you can't listen to this while doing other things. You do have to focus since there is not one wasted sentence. Absolutely worth every second.
the mood of the book, ambiance and history were lovely. the mystery of it!
Yes - narrator doesn't change voice much at all, and the book will change to a different persons point of view and you have no warning and it can be a bit hard to follow because you never realized it changed characters. And this book jumps between a lot of characters.
incredibly frustrating how much this jumped around. so many different characters, multiple different frames of time, it becomes really rather wearing.
I loved the Forgotten Garden, but this was a disappointment.
An irritating story about two silly women whose lives revolve around a pile of rocks. One of them is a bully, one a spineless, though kind, martyr. The story is additionally about their younger sister whose life is ruined because of the two older sisters and their cruel, nasty father. I did, however, like Meredith and her daughter, Edith. I was glad I used it for one of my credits because it was not worth buying.
I really love the way Kate Morton weaves the story and builds her characters. I was kept hooked till the end... Wondering and wishing good things for them all
Adore the voices by Caroline Lee. They make a wonderful team.
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