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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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  • Terri
  • Missouri
  • 05-29-16

Fabulous Historical Family Mystery Drama

What did you like best about this story?

The way Kate Morton can intertwine history with family secrets and drama is riveting. Loved learning about the different historical periods in the characters lives, and what made them do certain things. Kate gives you the perspective of each of her characters... you are that person, their thoughts & feelings. Her stories are not told by just one person's perspective.

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As much as I loved this book, I loved her book The Lake House so much more. It was my first Kate Morton book, and I'm sure it will be hard to beat... you know how your first Love always is :-)

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  • wssmith
  • CENTERVILLE, TX, United States
  • 05-28-16

What a great story

This story weaves decades of love and secrets and family love. What a great story to the very end!!!! Loved it.

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Had its moments but took forever to get there!

A good story if one has patience. Distant Hours could have been so much of a better story. This story evolved a bit too slowly before any of its mysteries were revealed. The author would peak your interest, then leave you wondering for too long, before the story's momentum started picking up again. Kind of like riding a l-o-n-g wave. I found myself losing interest at times with this book. Some of Kate's other mysteries: The Lake House, The Secret Keeper and The Forgotten Garden—were more cohesive and the release of their story and the mysteries they held, were delivered at a far better pace.

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Absolutely amazing story line.

Love all the twists and turns. A story you can get lost in! I love her writing.

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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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Great book!

Loved the story. Kept me listening and listening. Narrator was terrific, really captured the characters.

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Awesome

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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Too long!

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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I loved this book!

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.