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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,578 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Morton Narrator: Caroline Lee Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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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 Milderhurst 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 12-year-old girl, Edie's mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters, and their father, Raymond.

Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother's riddle. She, too, is drawn to Milderhurst 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 Milderhurst 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 2/15/2014

    " Some books are like fairy floss- you read them and they leave nothing behind. The Distant Hours is like a huge main meal. A number of intertwined stories revolve around the three sisters of the castle. The early chapter set in 1941 reads slowly and I nearly gave up, but I am so glad that I didn't. Thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying. Really enjoyed spending time with these characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue Rundle-hughes | 2/14/2014

    " This was my first Kate Morton book and she has captivated me with her beautiful, descriptive writing and well developed characters. 'The Distant Hours' is a gothic tale, set in the archetypal eerie, gothic castle with secrets and mad women, and revolves around main protagonist Edie, her mother and three sisters who inhabit the castle. It has a dual time frame and is set in the 1940s and 1990s and it all begins with a letter that was sent in 1940s but isn't delivered until the 1990s. One of the best bits for me was the story within the story, the fictitious children's book 'The True History of the Mud Man' that is an important element to the novel. Without giving too much away, the novel is full of atmosphere and suspense with twists and turns that kept me entertained for hours and I couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read Kate Morton's other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karin Bishop | 2/8/2014

    " Unfortunately I think that this was the least favorite of the books so far, but that being said I still read it in record time and wasn't disappointed. It's been awhile since I've read the book, and I'm just getting going with reviews, so this is the best I can do for now :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 2/6/2014

    " Some books are page-turners and some books are meant to savor slowly. Kate Morton's books fall into the latter category. She writes lovely stories set in gothic castles with believable characters. The stories twist and turn, meandering slowing to a climax. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/5/2014

    " "The Distant Hours" is an old-fashioned type of novel and I mean that as a real compliment. Great plot filled with secrets across two generations, wonderful characters that you grow to care about and a great location- a castle in England where it all comes together. If you're looking for a book to take you away from everything, this is perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nio03 | 1/28/2014

    " The best book I 've read this year by far... Good characters, mystery, excellent style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Stauffer | 1/14/2014

    " I thought this was a good book. It took a while for me to get into it, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Lloyd | 1/14/2014

    " Bit ponderous but a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea Green | 12/29/2013

    " Not nearly as good as The Forgotten Garden. Some of Kate's books just don't do it for me. Didn't really care about these little old ladies and their weird dad and pasts. Was glad the mom and daughter reconciled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bette | 12/12/2013

    " Although a daunting 535 pages, I loved this book start to finish!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/10/2013

    " Absorbing,atmospheric, a huge helping of delicious story-telling,garnished with a gothic twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginette | 11/14/2013

    " I enjoy the way Kate Morton blends a story over several generations and gradually works out and reveals the truth. I have enjoyed all her books, probably the Forgotten Garden the best, but they have all been engrossing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzan Poisner | 11/8/2013

    " I was a captive of the book through to the last page. While I managed to figure out some of the mysteries, others alluded me until they were revealed in due time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 11/6/2013

    " Guilty pleasure. There. Said it. Raced through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 9/4/2013

    " Made me nostalgic for the time before most of us were born. And the twists are great. Beautiful writing. Very special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia Carlsen | 7/22/2013

    " Took me a little while to get into the book and understand where the author was going with the different characters and their relationship with one another but once I got that down it really picked up and I loved the mystery that kept you wondering until the bitter end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty Mayfield | 7/10/2013

    " I enjoyed the book but it just didn't hold me like The Forgotten Garden did. It wasn't a can't-put-it-down kind of book. But I still enjoyed the journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 5/1/2013

    " It was long! I didn't start enjoying the story until I was about on page 200!! Lots of twists and turns in this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 11/12/2012

    " Another good read by Kate Morton. This deals with secrets from World War II. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/19/2012

    " Great intrigue, an old mystery brought back to life from a long lost letter during WWI. Couldn't wait to see how it ended but hated for it to be over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 9/22/2012

    " Loved it. Long, but I felt like I knew the characters thoroughly by the end. It was a wrench to say goodbye! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nouran Attia | 9/7/2012

    " Nice to read ... especially the ending, but too many details that seem unnecessary at times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 5/10/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book, was a little too detailed which made it a little too long but still was worth reading. First time reader of Kate Morton and look forward to reading more of her books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joyce Adams | 3/15/2012

    " All of the characters were unhappy and most were slightly insane. The flashbacks were clumsy so that it took forever to finally get the sad, weird story told. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Newton | 11/25/2011

    " Kate Morton is a wonderful writer; I wish she'd had an equally wonderful editor for The Distant Hours. Although I did enjoy this book, redundancy, a too-often irritating heroine and not-particularly-interesting segues into superfluous detail, prevented me from loving it as I did her previous novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holt Morrison | 11/15/2011

    " Not as good as her other two and somewhat wordy...just a slower read than I like, but a clever story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna Daley | 8/15/2011

    " I would have enjoyed it more if it were 200 less pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 7/13/2011

    " Enjoyed the mystery as well as the modern twist on a gothic setting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane Zehnder | 6/30/2011

    " A bit too long. Overall a good book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenni | 5/20/2011

    " Similar to The House at Riverton, this book was way too long and had way too many unnecessary details. It was also clever and had interesting moments. I enjoyed reading it but once again felt depressed throughout most of it, the tone was quite dark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nieca | 5/17/2011

    " Loved it!!! Can't wait to go back and read her first novel, as I've enjoyed the others so much! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 5/15/2011

    " Wow. I loved this book. Excellent!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leslie | 5/15/2011

    " Ponderous and laborious; I began skimming and eventuallly looked up spoilers so I didn't have to read all 500+ pages. This could have been 200 pages shorter. "The 13th Tale" was so much more interesting and more quickly read for a gothic novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 5/12/2011

    " Wish this had a stronger ending, but still gave it five stars because the time period and setting were a lot of fun. Enjoyed the mystery tied with family intrigue. I would recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lene | 5/12/2011

    " Underholdende bog med et godt og spændende plot. Jeg vil nok finde mere af hende til sommerferien. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherie | 5/12/2011

    " I enjoyed this book but had a hard time forgiving the author for such a convoluted ( and somewhat misleading ) tale. In the end every question is answered, but I thought it was a bit far-fetched. "

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