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
Absolutely. Page turner, easy to listen too. Great story.
I love Caroline Lee's voice - So beautiful and kept me listening. I actually started looking or books narrated by her, thats how much I love her voice and way of reading the book.
Audio junkie, caffiene addict, anglophile & a bit of a wino.
Not very exciting - and not very dramatic. I suppose there's a twist at the end but its so long in coming and so drawn out that its hardly worth the 20+ hours of listening it took to get there.
Oh heavens no! I still love historical fiction - just not this book.
No this is my first - she was a good narrator - I'd listen to her again.
One would thing that after listening to everything Kate Morton has written a person should be able to crack the code and figure out the mystery before the reveal. Nope! Kate Morton, you are tricky! With all your twists and turns and false leads, you really know how to keep a reader (listener) entertained.
This one has a nice, creepy Gothic feel.
Only caveat is her stories can be tough to get into. There are lots of characters and different timelines. Take notes!
I loved this book from beginning to end. How Kate Morton weaves the past with the present is so amazing. I love how she developed all the characters deeply so that I, the listener, could make a picture in my mind. I was sad when it ended.The reader is fantastic. Her ability to come up with any accent is amazing and wonderful on the ear!!
Too many to highlight. The book is memorable.
The Blythe twins. Caroline's ability to switch voices so wonderfully is amazing.
I look for books by Kate Morton and read by Caroline Lee because I know I will NOT be disappointed.
This was my least favorite of the Kate Morton novels as I found it very dark and sad, but still was interested throughout the entire read.
I have a busy career, travel a lot and don't have much time to read, so I listen to Audio books. I love reading!
A book club kind of take it or leave it book. The book that gets left in the box that the girls pass over fot the more exciting stuff! But by all accounts it was a good story, a forgotten story after you put it down, but a bit like eating boarding school food and feeling full but need a good chocolate to finish it off.
Yes. The performance was superb! Caroline Lee's performance had me holding my breath!
The Potato Factory, The Kitchen House and Kate's Secret Garden.
Ms Lee didn't just "read" this marvelous book, she LIVED it -- and let me accompany her, room by room, through every room in the Castle, making each character personal, genuine and alive.
I enjoyed the disjointed dream-like quality of the non-chronological telling of this tale and the way that it maintained the suspense. I thought I had it all figured out relatively early on, but I was mistaken. Then I was mistaken again. Then I was mistaken again. Well done, Kate Morton.
Narration, by Caroline Lee, was spot-on job for the genre and period.
I like historical, southern books - southern accents, antiques - The Ole' West, Ghost Towns, Victorian Era, Southern Humor!!
Thrilled that I purchased this book! Love the history and the old castle! Could not wait to listen each day. The book was very long and I like that. Would recommend!
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