It started with a letter...
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.
Evacuated from London as a twelve year old girl, Edie's mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Millderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters and their father, Raymond, author of the 1920s children's classic, The True History of the Mud Man. In the grand and glorious Millderhurst Castle, a new world opens up for Edie's mother. She discovers the joys of books and fantasy and writing, but also, ultimately, the dangers.
Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother's riddle, she, too, is drawn to Millderhurst 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 Millderhurst 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...
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beautiful, mysterious, great production
This book is beautifully written and produced, as are all of Kate Morton's books. Ms. Morton writes with the magic of one who unexpectedly discovered the wonder of books and the power of words as a child. The scenary is vivid, the characters unforgetable and deeply developed, and the narrator is the perfect pick to bring the story to life. I did not find the plot predictable at all. I guessed the least about this particular book among Kate Morton's novels. There were enough hints to keep a reader testing theories until the end, but enough surprise to ensure that you are wrong on at least some counts.
Mud Mayhem and Moors
Kate Morton knows how to write a novel that holds your interest; a good writer that consistently creates a strongly atmospheric story with well flesh-out characters. While Distant Hours is entertaining and worth the read, don't expect the edge-of-your-seat driving force-to-finish that her previous novels possess. Predictable from the beginning and the actually not so terrifying folklorish tale the plot is based on seemed almost unworthy of such a rich time period, vivid landscape, and wonderful trio of psychologically warped and eerily bonded sisters. Great narration...Excellent interpretation.
Another great listen!
I love audiobooks and heard of Kate Morton. So far I have read three of her books. The reader's voice suits the book very well.