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It all started with a letter that had been lost for a long time -- fifty years in an attic in a forgotten postal bag. Edie Burchill and her mother were never close, but when that long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Millderhurst 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 twelve year old, Edie's mother was taken by the mysterious Juniper Blythe to live at Millderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters, and their father Raymond. In the grand and glorious Millderhurst Castle, a new world opens up for her. She discovers the joys of books, fantasy, writing -- and danger.
Fifty years later, as Edie searches for answers to her mother's riddled past, she is drawn to the 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 secrets hidden in the stones of Millderhurst Castle. The truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it . . .
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'A dilapidated castle, aristocratic twins, a troubled sister and a series of dark secrets cast a whispery spell in Morton's third book' --Marie Claire
'An absorbing and haunting read' --Woman & Home
'A bewitching tale of family secrets and betrayal' --Good Housekeeping
'Shades of I Capture the Castle haunt Kate Morton's The Distant Hours as protagonist Edie is drawn into the past.' --InStyle
'Enthralling romantic thriller... will stun readers'
'In this, her third book, Morton writes in her usual engaging style, taking the reader to the heart of the Blythe family, so that from wartime evacuations through to the machinations of modern-day publishing, you live through every twist and turn.' --Waterstones Books Quarterly
'A page-turner of mystery and suspense.' --ASOS magazine
'Kate Morton's stunning new novel will not disappoint' --Best Magazine
'Kate Morton's clever and compelling new novel is yet more evidence of her place in both the bestseller charts and the hearts of her readers. In this atmospheric and evocative tale of a daughter's journey into her mother's past, a long-lost letter leads Edie Burchill to Milderhurst Castle in Kent and a forgotten world... An intriguing and beautifully observed story.' --Lancashire Evening Post
'Morton (The Forgotten Garden) has quickly established herself as a master of modern gothic, producing complicated and completely satisfying historical mysteries. Her third novel solidifies her dominion... Featuring a fresh and thrilling gothic mystery, cinematic storytelling, and fully developed characters who possess layers of deliciously surprising secrets, this complex story is developed at a leisurely but compelling pace that keeps readers hooked. Recommended for a wide readership, including mystery lovers and historical fiction fans.' --Library Journal
'Morton's writing has enough atmosphere, intrigue and, whisper it, intelligence for The Distant Hours to wheedle its way into the most cynical of hearts...The Distant Hours proves there will always be a readership for melodramatic tales of family intrigue - and Morton is adeptly carrying that tradition into the 21st century.' --Metro
'A cleverly crafted and beautifully descriptive novel.'
“[...] the novel’s 670 pages go by in a flash.” (The Guardian)
"[T]here's a rewarding, bittersweet payoff in the author's most gothic tale yet." (Kirkus Reviews)
“An enthralling romantic thriller ... will stun readers.” (Publishers Weekly)
“An absorbing and haunting read.” (Woman & Home)
"Featuring a fresh and thrilling gothic mystery, cinematic storytelling, and fully developed characters who possess layers of deliciously surprising secrets, this complex story is developed at a leisurely but compelling pace that keeps readers hooked." (Library Journal)
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Book Description Center Point Pub, 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1602858993