The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
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The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Forgotten Garden mesmerizes readers with this haunting tale of long-buried secrets and the twists of fate that can alter lives forever.

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 lives 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.
 

About Kate Morton

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Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of south-east Queensland. She has degrees in dramatic art and English literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. Kate lives with her husband and young sons in Brisbane. Her first novel, The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, was a number one bestseller in 2007. The Forgotten Garden, her second novel, was also a bestseller in Australia, the UK, the US and in many European countries. You can find more information about Kate and her books at www.katemorton.com.
 
Published January 1, 2010 by Doubleday Large Print/Atria. 578 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Juniper and Thomas are due from London by separate trains, but only Juniper shows up.

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BC Books

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I really enjoyed The Distant Hours and think Kate Morton's imagination and style of storytelling is incredible.

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It begins with a long lost letter, which results in Edie Burchill taking a trip from London to Kent in search of the grand old castle, and the three Blythe sisters that live within it.

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Examiner

Edie is captivated by the secrets of Percy, Saffy and Juniper Blythe, the three daughters of Raymond Blythe, author of The True Tale of the Mud Man, an immensely popular horror story that turned young Edie into a book lover.

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Examiner

Kate Morton’s latest novel, The Distant Hours, is a dark, moody, fairy-tale entwined novel spanning 60 years.

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Examiner

By a strange series of events, Edie Burchill, a book publisher from London, finds herself setting out to uncover just what mysteries the house can unravel and reveal-starting with the story of her mother, who was displaced to the castle from London during wartime, and ending by learning the deepe...

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Book Reporter

In her youth, Meredith has literary inclinations, and at Milderhurst she is encouraged in this by the Blythes --- until her rather unimaginative parents haul her back to London.

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More problematically, Morton is fantastic at delineating the narrator and her mother as characters, but doesn’t stray far from the “eccentric women bound to their castle” characterization for the sisters, meaning that when Morton abandons her first-person narrative in 1992 in favor of the ’40s, t...

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The Washington Post

Now, in "The Distant Hours," Morton turns to her largest house yet, an actual castle - and it's crumbling.

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Suite 101

Lawrence's classic contains a very peculiar ending for an early 20th century novel.

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Pajiba

This letter opens up a gateway to not only her mother’s past, but the history behind one of Edie’s favorite books, The True Story of the Mud Man.

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Express

EDIE BURCHILL is staying with her mother Meredith when a letter arrives in the post.

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BookRack

This masterpiece of a book has made me very sure that no matter how much I have to wait for her next book, it will be definitely worth it.Its beacause of books like these that I love reading.

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Metro

The sheer, unabashed enjoyment that can be derived from a Kate Morton book – this is the best-selling Australian author’s third novel – means it’s almost churlish to sniffily point out the classic mystery-writing tropes she clearly loves.

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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 Millderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother's emotional distance masks an old secret.

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