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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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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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    Linda 07-30-12
    Linda 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love her Stories!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Distant Hours to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoy listening to Caroline Lee. Her voice is pleasant and she keeps the story interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed The Forgotten Garden so much I wasn't sure if this book would live up to my expectations....there was no need for worry, this book was just as good! I enjoy the way Kate Morton weaves her stories. This is a fascinating book I highly recommend.

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    Terry Princeton, NJ, United States 07-30-12
    Terry Princeton, NJ, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A must listen!"
    What did you love best about The Distant Hours?

    I did not want this to end! I loved the multiple levels and time periods that constructed the puzzle of this complex story. There were various times I thought I knew what was coming and then surprised by the direction the author took the story. The characters were unique, and I found myself relating to each of them at various stages of my own life. I’d listen to The Distant Hours again!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm downloading Kate Morton's "The Forgotten Garden" to hear more descriptive story telling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn S. Hope New Mexico 07-22-12
    Marilyn S. Hope New Mexico 07-22-12 Member Since 2012

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    "A story of devotion"
    What made the experience of listening to The Distant Hours the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable experience of this book is learning the experiences that made the ladies of the castle who they are and the reasons for their actions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the love of the two older sisters for their baby sister. However, this love is not the best for any of the three. The dynamics of this family and the father who directed these dynamics is very interesting.


    What about Caroline Lee???s performance did you like?

    Caroline Lee is a great reader for this story, her English accent is just the right touch.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have liked to listen to this book in one sitting, but it is too long to.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lovely story that is told in sections. You do have to pay attention as the story switches from now to back to the events that have created the present.

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    Isabell Schubert Nuremberg, Germany 07-16-12
    Isabell Schubert Nuremberg, Germany 07-16-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful and tragical at the sam etime"
    Any additional comments?

    The Distant Hours is the third published book by Kate Morton and the second that I read (read: listened to); my first book by Kate Morton was The Forgotten Garden.

    This book follows Edie Burchill, a woman working in the publishing business who was never really close to her mother. Now she delves into her mother's past when she visits an old castle. The castle is the home of the three Blythe sisters. Edie's mother once lived for a few months when she was a young girl and befriended the youngest sister, Juniper. The book alternatingly tells the story of Edie, her mother when she was a girl and the Blythe sisters.

    What seems quite straight-forward in the beginning turns out to be an intertwined, tragic story where everything is connected. A wonderful book and great narration by Caroline Lee.

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    MaineOne maine 07-02-12
    MaineOne maine 07-02-12

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    "I just didn't get this book"

    This book lost me right from the start.Not a good way to start a book.When you don't understand what the writer is writing about, it makes for a very boring read. It was a strange book. My advice to other readers: DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!

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    Janet 06-15-12
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    "Great Plot"

    Kate Morton's books are very detailed at times I found myself wanting her to get on with the plot. However the ending surprized me and then I understood all of the details she put in the book. I love the historical information that was put into this book. I know I will be readi/listening to more of Kate Morton.

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    Dianna 06-03-12
    Dianna 06-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book to read"
    If you could sum up The Distant Hours in three words, what would they be?

    Unpredictable, intriguing, good


    What did you like best about this story?

    Multiple story lines that collide into one tragic event


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I could tell her characters apart.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The past is never too far away


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    Janet United States 05-10-12
    Janet United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "a wonderful multi-generational tale"

    Kate Morton handles the intricacies of a story that covers multiple generations and settings. The story satisfies and the period pieces are spot on. A wonderful story and a good recording.

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    Paddington Sydney, Australia 01-19-12
    Paddington Sydney, Australia 01-19-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "an enjoyable novel"

    I enjoyed this story. It had a good mix of World War 2 English life and culture blended with more recent times. You are kept in the dark about the mystery right till the end. I look forward to more Kate Morton Books.

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    Saman Houston, TX, United States 01-15-12
    Saman Houston, TX, United States 01-15-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Another terrific offering."

    I am just a crazy fan of Morton. This was my second listen after Secret Garden. All the mystery, flashbacks, tragedy and lost expectations are all there. I really love the way Morton tells the story of the Blythe sisters and weaves their many intricate passions and losses. As always Lee does a first class narration. Now on to her first novel …

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