Hardcover, 562 pages
Published November 9th 2010 by Atria (first published October 26th 2010)
ISBN: 1439152780 (ISBN13: 9781439152782)
edition language: English
characters: Edie Burchill
setting: Milderhurst Castle (United Kingdom)
From the publisher:
"A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WWII. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiance jilted her in 1941.Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in ‘the distant hours’ of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.
Morton once again enthralls readers with an atmospheric story featuring unforgettable characters beset by love and circumstance and haunted by memory, that reminds us of the rich power of storytelling."
Loved it! All of it: the gothic atmosphere, the castle setting, the WWII time frame as well as the early 90's time frame, the mystery of the mud man and the unexplained disappearance of Juniper's fiancé, Thomas Cavill. The Distant Hours sucked me in and never let me go.
The characters were so real to me, from the deliciously creepy Blythe sisters to Edie and her mom, Meredith. I could just about picture every move they made. The sense of place was very well done also. I love the way Morton revealed things slowly while filling in the backstory, keeping up my interest non-stop. The ending with it's twists and revelations had me riveted to the page. I just couldn't put it down. 5*
Kate Morton is also the author of The House of Riverton and The Secret Garden, both of which I really enjoyed.
Source: borrowed from my niece, Nancy.