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The Distant Hours
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 »
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ISBN-13: 9781439152799
ISBN-10: 1439152799
Publication Date: 7/12/2011
Pages: 576
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 124 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Audio CD
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reviewed The Distant Hours on
Helpful Score: 3
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 .
esmestohelit avatar reviewed The Distant Hours on + 109 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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 Brontë, 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
dekacamp avatar reviewed The Distant Hours on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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.
reviewed The Distant Hours on + 502 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Having read "The Forgotten Hours" years ago, and really loved it, I was a little disappointed in this bbok, but it is still a worthy rad, a gothic mystery. Her characters are so interesting and the plot kept me interested as I love historical fiction.
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reviewed The Distant Hours on + 3 more book reviews
This is the first novel I have read by Kate Morton. I really enjoyed the book and I liked the fact that it kept me guessing, trying to figure out what happened to the characters, until the end of the book. Needless to say I was surprised. I will definitely be looking for her other books to read!
starvinArtist avatar reviewed The Distant Hours on + 44 more book reviews
Have to admit it took quite a while to get involved. Almost quit quite a few times. I would rate the first half of the book a 2 - so slow - the first 200 pages could have be edited down to 100 pages, much too wordy. Too many rambling descriptions that were unnecessary and bogged the story down. Was disappointed because I had read "The Forgotten Garden" and enjoyed it from the beginning so was looking forward to reading this. I persevered because I liked the basic plot and characters.

The second half of the book I would rate a 4. Once more of the actual story was being told and I got involved I enjoyed the book. But still disappointed in the end, felt like there were still loose ends.
ScrappinToni avatar reviewed The Distant Hours on + 2 more book reviews
I found it to be a tedious read. Hard to get into and stay into. Slow moving. Obvious foreshadowing. Finally gave up, skimmed through and read bits and pieces to find the ending somewhat interesting.


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