The Distant Hours Summary Þ 8

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Summary º eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Kate Morton This a previously published edition of ISBN 9781439199343A 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. I adored Kate Morton’s The House At Riverton and The Forgotten Garden giving them both 5 stars but delayed reading The Distant Hours after hearing so many bad reviews about it from people who like me loved those earlier books I finally decided to take the plunge hoping to disagree with the bad reviews Sadly I don't The Distant Hours is packed full of unnecessary detail and description On and on it goes page after page of long winded waffle page after page of no dialogue no action and no furthering of the plot I can see that she was trying to create an atmospheric literary piece but I think she tried too hard to be too clever entirely at the expense of the actual story Had this been my first Morton book it would have also been my last In fact had it had been my first I’d have abandoned it before the half way point I stuck with it through 'loyalty' to Morton and skim read it in the hope that the 'real' author would eventually appear and give me her usual tantalising goose bump inducing reveal She did not When the reveal finally limped in I just thought 'yeah whatever' The sad thing is it could have been so good It has all the right elements three mysterious elderly spinster sisters who live in an imposing castle; the memory of their haunted and troubled father; a lover who’s been missing for 50 years; a woman who lived in the castle in her teens but has never talked of it since; various secondary characters with hints of their own secrets It so easily could have been another intriguing suspenseful excellent Morton bookHugely frustrating

review The Distant Hours

The Distant Hours Summary Þ 8 ¹ This a previously published edition of ISBN 9781439199343A 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 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. I loved Morton's earlier novel The Forgotten Garden and had high expectations for this one as well If this book wasn't tailored made for my reading tastes I don't know what would be Ancient castle in the bucholic English countryside Past and present plotlines weaving and intersecting Homage to books readers and the written word Gothic elements galore including madness forbidden love family secrets a lost letter and a creepy children's storyHowever by the end of this massive 560 page book I was left closing the back cover with what I am sure was a comical What the look on my faceSeriously I concur with so many other disappointed reviewers that this book needed major red pencil attention by the editors Morton is a gifted writer but this book suffered from too much literary cleverness at the expense of what should have been a gripping and taunt gothic mystery It's not enough that she can write strings of beautiful sentences; there needs to be a satisfying conclusion to such a whopping tome that I've invested loads of not so distant hours toward finishingThis time the Morton magic didn't happen for me

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The Distant HoursBegins to unravel her mother’s past But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst and Edie is about to learn 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 i. Is Kate Morton a women's writer As an Ann Tyler and Maeve Binchy fan I wouldn't know I loved Morton's previous two books and this one is even better Flying back and forth in time between the evacuation of children from London prior to the blitz of 1941 and the modern day 1992 Book editor Edie Burchill uncovers the truth behind the creation of The True History of the Mud Man a spectacularly successful children's story written by the patriarch of Milderhurst Castle in Kent now in the possession of the Sisters Blythe three characters truly wrecked by their father and their connection to the baleful book he wrote Central to the complex and thoroughly gripping plot is Edie's mother who was thirteen when she was evacuated in the war to Milderhurst and became entwined in the drama Her part of the tale is only one of the things Edie discoversMorton writes great characters and provides them with intelligent and utterly believable dialog The slow unraveling of the plot is a delight and I read this one in three evenings flat