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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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    Gloria T. NJ United States 11-17-16
    Gloria T. NJ United States 11-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "THE DISTANT HOURS"

    What an epic story! It covered so much of the lives of each character. It is about a mystery, an old castle, 3 sisters, the people in their lives.... It's about love, jealousy, secrets and a book titled 'The Mud Man'.

    It took me some time to finish reading it; however, that in part, was due to my knack for reading several books at a time. As I got closer to the end, closer to discovering the truth behind the secrets that had remained hidden for so many years, I just could not stop reading it.

    I truly admire the author, Kate Morton, for having the talent to imagine the engrossing storyline and captivating characters, and then to put them into writing a great book like this. Although this is a fictional story, Ms. Morton clearly investigated many historical sources to ensure that important elements of the book were factual. Like I said, what an epic story! I definitely recommend this book to others and I plan to read other books by this incredibly talented author.

    As for the narrator, Caroline Lee......an amazing job as usual! Ms. Lee is definitely my favorite narrator.

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    Tanya M. Spiegel Miami, Florida 11-10-16
    Tanya M. Spiegel Miami, Florida 11-10-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it"

    I have to say I can't wait to read anything done by this author! Every book has me hook line and sinker. She has a way with her character development that draws you right in so deep you feel your there. Not as good as The secret Garden but still good.

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    Linda B. 09-18-16
    Linda B. 09-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very slow read"

    I think the story is good, just took too long to get to the point. I couldn't wait for it to be finally over. Like watching paint dry... I like Kate Morton books but this one is not my favorite.

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    K. Helm 09-17-16
    K. Helm 09-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful story"

    I absolutely loved this story!!!! And I really love Caroline, she sounds so pleasant. Great job to both author and narrator!

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    NR 08-12-16
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    "A nice warm book"

    I bought this book because of it's length and my oncoming vacation. I have to admit that I was very bored during the initial few chapters but I realized their importance later in the story . So, keep at it, it's a great finish.

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    Elisabeth Carey 07-21-16
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    "A slow but compelling family drama"

    Edie Burchill loves her mother but has a somewhat distant relationship with her. They're too different. She's pursued her own life, and is now assistant chair at the tiny publishing house where she works.

    It's so tiny that she and her boss are the only employees, now that the boss's partner and co-founder has died, but they have a well-earned reputation for producing quality books.

    What Edie doesn't know is that her mother is more like her than she imagines, and there's a secret in her past that will mean more to Edie than she can imagine.

    One day, Edie drives out to a meeting with a new client, and on the way back runs into heavy traffic, gets off the main road, and winds up taking a wrong turn that takes her to a little village which includes a castle--a strangely familiar castle. She's been there before, as a young child, with her mother. They stood outside the gates for a while, and then her mother, Meredith, says she's made a mistake, it's too late, hurries Edie away, and when Edie asks about it, insists it never happened.

    It's the beginning of a journey of discovery, self-discovery and family history discovery. Her mother's secrets, and the secrets of the Blythe family. The last of the family are three sisters: Persephone (Percy), her twin sister Seraphina (Saffy), and their younger sister, Juniper. It's also the story of Thomas Cavill, who was first Meredith's teacher and then a soldier during the Second World War, who falls in love with Juniper, and then inexplicably disappears.

    Throughout the novel is wound the story of Raymond Blythe and his most successful literary work, The True History of the Mud Man, a bestselling book that became a children's classic, a hit play, and a beloved favorite of Edie in her childhood--part of the reason, she feels, that she became an editor in a literary-oriented publishing firm.

    The untangling of all these tangled threads is slow but compelling, with Edie, her mother Meredith, the Sisters Blythe, and even the "minor" characters all coming to matter deeply.

    Recommended.

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    G-Mom 07-20-16
    G-Mom 07-20-16
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    "Great story! Perfect, had it all!"

    This was great. It has it all, mystery, romance, dreams, horror, family conflict, just, everything. I loved it and wish more writers could write so well. Thank you Kate Morton. I've read other Kate Morton's; this is my favorite so far.

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    becky smith 07-19-16
    becky smith 07-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent! Just wow!"

    I loved the twists and turns, the depth of the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book. The performance was exceptional as well.

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    Patti Francis 07-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It keeps you guessing..."
    What did you like best about The Distant Hours? What did you like least?

    One of Morton's best novels yet. Fantastic twists and turns as readers hop from present day Cornwall to the 1930s and back again. Morton's subtle clues and red herrings leave the reader guessing until the very end.


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    Heather Webb New England 07-10-16
    Heather Webb New England 07-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful, evocative read!"

    Exquisite prose, rich characters, and a fascinating mystery to boot! Beyond the delectable word-smithing, the author did a fantastic job of weaving together an intricate plot from 3 time periods and two points of view, resplendent with dark family secrets and ambiance. Highly recommended!

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