The Distant Hours: A Novel

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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 fiancÚ 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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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

An engrossing story, the author knows really knows how create a dark, gothic mystery that envelops the reader in the times and places of the characters. The ending may not satisfy but the general tale is fantastic. Read full review

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User Review  - Susan Meissner - Goodreads

I loved The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton - so much so that my expectations for a Kate Morton book are quite high. This one was interesting at its basic premise, the the timing and pacing ... Read full review

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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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