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The Distant Hours Audiobook

The Distant Hours

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Publisher's Summary

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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    jlmtthws 03-10-16
    jlmtthws 03-10-16

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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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    menary kitchen 03-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "historically confusing but interesting"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    so much data. to much to digest maybe but interesting for the research


    Would you recommend The Distant Hours to your friends? Why or why not?

    not really. her other stories are far more entertaining and intrigueing


    What three words best describe Caroline Lee’s voice?

    I like it


    Do you think The Distant Hours needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no. gonna read again to get the remnants that I mighta missed


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    jackmirtexas 02-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "My 4th Kate Morton read and a forever fan!"
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    This was a rich, haunting & full story that is complimented with the familiar style of Kate Morton. I love her themes and this one had the usuals but added a complicated sister dynamic to the mix. My fav part of all of her novels are the last few chapters. I wait with baited breath for the excited conclusions. All loose ends are tied up and in unexpected ways. I will move on to another Morton novel, sad to say good-by to this one.

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    Amazon Customer 02-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A good read"

    The narrators voice is vert soothjnb and well done. The storyline is full of suspense and intreging. i enjoy the way the author develops the relationships between thd sisters amd the mother and daughter. I didn't grt how the two families relationsshops really we significant to eachother though, it seemed too separate for me., but I'll listen tomit again and see ifnI missed somethinh. Leaves one feeling melancholy and reflective about life and the way our choices affect those we love.

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    Karissa 02-11-16
    Karissa 02-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "One of Kate Morton's Best Stories!"

    I can't believe this book isn't rated 5 stars! I absolutely loved it and thought it is one of Kate Morton's best books. It's my second favorite, after The Lake House.

    The story follows the intriguing Blythe sisters and the tale of The Mud Man. I love the present day narrator, Edie Burchill who reminds me a lot of Sadie Sparrow in The Lake House. I love the backstory of each character and didn't feel bored at all with them like I did when listening to The Forgotten Garden. I also liked how this book was a little different from Morton's other books by using the first person in the present day storyline. I enjoyed that and also that this book had a prologue. Also liked how well the story was tied together at the end!

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    Rhonda Ozaeta Oklahoma USA 02-11-16
    Rhonda Ozaeta Oklahoma USA 02-11-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome"

    Couldn't put it down. Spell binding, intriguing and it made me cry. I want more of your books. Thank you

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    Kindle Customer CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 02-04-16
    Kindle Customer CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States 02-04-16 Member Since 2007

    Avid reader, enthusiastic grandmother, part-time substitute teacher, seamstress.

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    "Great Story"

    I love a good gothic novel. This one is set in a castle with a story that switches from modern day to wartime England and back again. There is a bit of a mystery and a bit of a ghost story. I would recommend it to anyone who liked Rebecca or Jane Eyre. I love a book where the characters are strong women; this one features both women who overcome hardships and women who become victims. There is a tragic undertone running through the entire story. The Distant Hours is now among my favorite books.

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    Rhonda Williamsport, IN, United States 01-31-16
    Rhonda Williamsport, IN, United States 01-31-16 Member Since 2017

    I love to read stories with a little mystery in them. Kate Morton is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading her newest book.

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    "Wonderful read and audible book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Distant Hours to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but I did read the book first. I listened to this book in my car all the way to the west.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite character. I liked them all!


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I like the way she tells the story with emotion.


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    Amazon Customer 01-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Kate Morton's creative storytelling always amazes."

    Kate Morton takes her time to set up her venues, characters and their angst. What lovely prose and emotions that come off the pages and into our minds. The audio version is my favorite. Brava!

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    Amazon Customer 12-08-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding!"

    This was so well written and narrated, I felt I knew everyone personally and went through every emotion imaginable. Every transition was seamless and easy to follow. The story was mesmerizing. I would recommend this to anyone with a creative heart!

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