The Distant Hours Author:Kate Morton It starts with a letter, lost for half a century and unexpectedly delivered to Edie’s mother on a Sunday afternoon. The letter leads Edie to Milderhurst Castle, where the eccentric Blythe spinsters live and where, she discovers, her mother was billeted during World War II. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their liv... more »es caring for their younger sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiancé jilted her in 1941. Inside the decaying castle, Edie searches for her mother’s past but soon learns there are other secrets hidden in its walls.
The truth of what happened in “the distant hours” has been waiting a long time for someone to find it. In this enthralling romantic thriller, Morton pays homage to the classics of gothic fiction, spinning a rich and intricate web of mystery, suspense, and lost love.« less
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Did you ever come across a newer author and get so excited because they made you feel all their books are going to be great? The kind of author who's first few books are so wonderful, you have to force yourself to wait to read whatever else they have available? You enjoy them so much you'd consider selling your soul to get your greedy little hands on their next book? That's how I used to feel about Kate Morton. I loved the author's first two books, and expected the same quality from her third. I was sorely disappointed.
Where I didn't want The Forgotten Garden or The House at Riverton to end, I couldn't wait for this one to. When you strip everything away, the basic story is a great idea, the characters a very likeable, and the surroundings are beautifully described. But, where the hell was Morton's editor? This book was seriously bogged down with useless, rambling, unimportant thoughts and descriptions. What makes this so infuriating is even though Morton felt the need to ramble on and on about nothing, unless I missed them, there were still loose ends at the end of the book!! The book felt like Morton was trying to write a gothic story along the lines of Brontė, Shelley, or Collins. She should never do this again, because she fails. Miserably.
If this had been my first Kate Morton book, it would have been my last. I will still read her next book, but I am no longer overly excited about it
I read this book by Kate Morton after reading The Forgotten Garden. It was a very interesting story and I enjoyed it immensely. I love the way she writes and her descriptive narrative is so beautifully written. Characters are sympathetic and believable.
Kate Morton,Is a true storyteller.she gets you hooked.I couldn't put this down .I was living the story. If this is the type of reading you like ,she is the best. I have read all three of her books ,and they are books I am saving for my granddaughter. so I won't be swapping them. that says it all .
I got absolutely hooked on Kate Morton after I read House at Riverton. She is one of those writers that you can't wait to read her next book. I love the way she switches between the past and present, giving you insight into each event. The Distant Hours is no different, Edie is a young editor who stumbles upon Milderhurst Castle, once home of Raymond Blythe, the man who wrote the book that made her passionate about reading. Unbeknownst to her though, she has her own bit of history wrapped up in the decaying walls that is home to the curious Blythe sisters, Raymond's three daughters. Edie begins to unravel the truth behind the walls, opening secrets not only from her family's past, but the tragic stories from World War II that have kept the Blythe sisters from moving on.
It is slow to start, but the ending is something you would not want to miss! A great summer read