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The Distant Hours - Kate Morton

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Published: 12th May 2011
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Winner of Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Awards: General Fiction Book of the Year 2011

Book Description

The discovery of a long-lost letter reveals an old secret and the the truth behind a woman's mysterious past in the eagerly awaited new novel from international publishing sensation, Kate Morton, author of The Shifting Fog and The Forgotten Garden.

It started with a letter. A letter that had been lost for a long time, waiting out half a century, stifling summer after cooling winter, in a forgotten postal bag in the dim attic of a nondescript house in Bermondsey ...

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 thirteen 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, author of the 1920s children's classic, The True History of the Mud Man. In the grand and glorious Milderhurst 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 Milderhurst Castle and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiance 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. The truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.

About the Author

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.

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4.0

Another great read

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from Deer Park

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
  • Well Written

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    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    • Travel Reading

    Comments about The Distant Hours:

    I bought this book immediately after reading The Forgotten Garden. I wasn't disappointed. Will read more of Kate Morton's books.

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    2.0

    Not enough suspence

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      • Difficult To Follow
      • Disappointing
      • Not the Author's Best
      • Not What I expected

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        Comments about The Distant Hours:

        It was so disappointing after reading her other books harder to follow main characters lacked something!

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        Kate Morton

        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.

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        ISBN: 9780330477581
        ISBN-10: 0330477587
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 600
        Published: 12th May 2011
        Publisher: Pan Macmillan
        Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.2  x 4.0
        Weight (kg): 0.48