The Distant Hours: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 9, 2010 - Fiction - 576 pages
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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.

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... not that there aren't happy bits or good endings. - Goodreads
The book was plot driven - not character driven. - Goodreads
No matter how you looked at it, the ending was sad. - Goodreads
Its ending never leaving me. - Goodreads
The ending was creepy and Hitchcock-like! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Katrina Passick Lumsden - Goodreads

I can't say enough about this book. It's not a happy one, so don't go into it thinking you're going to get a sweet happily ever after. No, that's not really Kate Morton's style. But beautifully ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jill - Goodreads

A gothic horror story told in flashbacks. The story gradually unfolds as Edith explores her mother's childhood and discovers the secrets hidden at the castle where her mother was evacuated during WWII. Ultimately overlong and contrived. Not as good as the House at Riverton. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in Brisbane, Australia.

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