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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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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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    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 01-13-13
    Amazon Customer East Hartford, CT, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2010

    Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.

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    "I am a sucker for interesting stories."

    No nail biting thrills, melodrama, bodice ripping or gory murder, just an intricate story beautifully written, sweet, sad and redeeming.

    Imagine being able to write a story as wonderful and engrossing as this without any of the above.

    If you are looking for something fast-paced this may not be the book for you. The story is layered, sweeping, with everyone having a voice.

    Loved it!

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    Ann-Marie Gavle, Sweden 09-17-12
    Ann-Marie Gavle, Sweden 09-17-12 Listener Since 2010

    I live in a big house by the Baltic sea in Gävle, Sweden. I am married and have three teenagers and one dog. I read books, buy books and blog about books. If I don´t read I knit, sew or quilt.

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    I feel somewhat manipulated. This is not the kind of novel I usually read or listen to and I can't say I'm longing to read one again. BUT I couldn't stop. I wanted to know what was going on and what had happened. I liked that the novel has a small hint of literacy in it - that is that the main character is a novel. That said, it really isn't a very good novel. The characters are too stereotype and not very interesting. You never get to know them. The story promises a lot to begin with but doesn't keep its promise in the end. But, as I said, I couldnt stop...

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    Lois Centennial, CO, United States 07-31-12
    Lois Centennial, CO, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As I said, couldn't get thoug it all. Didn't find it interesting enough to hold my intest.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Performance ok.


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    Crystal Ft. Worth, TX, United States 04-25-12
    Crystal Ft. Worth, TX, United States 04-25-12
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    "disappointed listener"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to anyone. I am new to audiobooks so don't know if I just didn't like the lady reading the story, or if I didn't like the story line. I didn't even listen to the entire first part.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Morton again?

    doubtful


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

    don't know, but didn't enjoy her narration


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe it would be easier to get to the end


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    Susan Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-16-11
    Susan Salt Lake City, UT, United States 09-16-11
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    "Amazing again!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Distant Hours the most enjoyable?

    Kate Morton weaves complicated plots better than anyone I have read. Caroline Lee is the perfect voice to share the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Percy was my favorite because she was so hard to figure out. It was like peeling an onion as I got to know her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is no way I could pick only one favorite scene.


    If you could rename The Distant Hours, what would you call it?

    I would not change the name--it is perfect for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Kate Morton keeps writing!

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