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 don't usually listen to books twice but if I had to choose one to listen to this would be it!
I adore Carolines voice and the way she tells a story. She is my favorite story teller!
I highly recommend this book.
I simply loved this book. I discovered last year that I am a Kate Morton fan and this book certainly did not disappoint. This definitely had elements of the "Gothic novel" though I've never really thought of myself as a gothic novel fan. An old castle in the remote English countryside, mysterious goings on at the castle that make us wonder, "a dark and stormy night" type story that makes you want to curl up by the fire with this book and a warm blanket! All those elements are here so if that's your definition of a "gothic" story then here you go.
As all of Morton's other books do, her story unfolds in both modern-day and through a series flashbacks. Morton is very adept at this style of storytelling and I have come to love it. Here we have the story of an eccentric writer and his eccentric (if not mentally ill) daughters who live in an old estate castle. Part of the story unfolds during the early 20th century and proceeds into the early days of World War II and part is from modern England. You can read a better synopsis elsewhere. I'm just giving you the bare bones to let you know that it is the sort of story I love set during a time period that has always fascinated me. There is enough mystery that kept me intrigued.
The reader did an excellent job of setting the right tone. I looked for excuses to run errands or garden or clean closets so I could have more time to listen to this book. Highly recommended!
Just finished listening to this great story. I loved how the author moved easily between the 1940's and the current day. I really liked her characters. The sisters were wonderful. I loved learning how their quirks evolved. Several time during the story I thought I had the plot all figured out only to find an unexpected twist in the story. I look forward to Morton's next book.
This was my second book by Kate Morton, but my first audio version. The story was great - I hated for it to end. The narrator did a nice job and I would probably look for her when choosing an audio book. I would highly recommend this novel as well as The House at Riverton. I felt a connection with several of Morton's characters and can't wait to read her other novel.
Writer, editor, translator.
As usual, Kate Morton combines Brontean tragedy with a Dickensian plot in an "I Capture the Castle" setting. Don't read if you can't stand open windows into other people's pain . If you can take it, however, it's Morton's typical well-plotted mystery unraveling at a slow and steady pace. As all her books do, the story pulls you forward, keeps you wanting to know what happened next, and why. And as all her books do, she evokes another time and place beautifully.
I loved this book. Caroline Lee expertly reads this marvelous tale. Right to the end, it was intriguing and kept me wondering what comes next and how is this all going to come together. I recommend this book. Thank you Kate Morton & Caroline Lee, I have enjoyed all of your audio books.
I agree that that this is Morton's best book yet. The Forgotten Garden was also fabulous, but with this book I found the mystery a little harder to puzzle out on my own. It wasn't quite as obvious where this story was going as it was with the Forgotten Garden. A love how she is able to weave her tales together through time and history. Definitely a suspenseful and charming story of family secrets.
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