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The Distant Hours Audiobook

The Distant Hours

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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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    "Not for the romantic who like closed happy endings"

    Sorry to say this is a dreadful story, with a ending that leaves you not really caring. As always the chorus of words laced together are widely romantic, but they leave you heart cold and uncaring.

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    susan 04-11-16
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    Loved the story. Kept me listening and listening. Narrator was terrific, really captured the characters.

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    mtmomster 04-07-16
    mtmomster 04-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    What a wonderful book. The dips and dives, turns, and straight ways of this wonderful, sinuous, story keeps you surprised and keeps you coming back to figure out what will happen next!

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    Got annoyed by the constant trail to another conclusion. By the end I did not care who did what, just wanted the book over. Did not really feel ties to any of the characters.

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    AmyJ 03-24-16
    AmyJ 03-24-16

    I am a mom of 4 that loves loves loves my Megan, Colin, Joshua & Aiden baby.

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    this was a wonderful Story from beginning to end I am hard to trick and it surprised me. the narrator also was very easy to listen to which I greatly appreciate.

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    "A gripping story that draws the reader."

    Loved it. Couldn't stop listening to the unfolding story. The narrator, Caroline Lee is captivating.

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    Alicia 03-18-16
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    the beginning was a bit confusing but it definitely got better. i love the ending.

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    Leslie Sausalito, CA, United States 03-15-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Master Story Teller"

    Kate Morton is truly a master at creating mysteries that span decades and tie a story from the past with a present story. Her descriptions and character interactions are delicious, plus you always get a bit of a history lesson, especially in a social context. While there is often a little bit of tragedy in all her stories, this one I found to be a little sadder. Not a tear-jerker, just a little sadder. It's a good story that I recommend, but if you are new to this author, you may want to start with "The Forgotten Garden."

    Caroline Lee's narration is very good.

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    A bit long, but the ending made it all worth it. the characters were very well developed. The background images were so well described I had no problem visualizing the locations.

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    "Great Audible Book"

    This was my first Kate Morton book to listen to and I will be looking forward to another. I hated for this book to end. That's when I know I've found a great book. The story line was captivating from beginning to end. Caroline Lee is one of my very favorite narrator and that was my original reason for choosing this book. Sure glad I did. I've already recommended it to several of my friends.

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