Review: The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

4.5 out of 5 stars

I was very excited to read this book.  I am a huge fan of Kate Morton’s other 2 novels so of course, I downloaded this book the second it came out.  If you love Kate Morton you will not be disappointed, as I think this is my favorite of her books.  I will try to summarize without giving too much of this novel away.

It all started with a letter that should have been delivered in 1941.  A letter that reaches it’s intended owner in 1992, opening a past filled with dark secrets, mysterious castles and one woman’s descent into madness.  Edie Burchill, a London book editor, does not realize the implications when she hands it to her mother. When Edie’s mother, Meredith, will not talk about the contents that have shaken her up Edie is forced to search for her mother’s past.  This leads her to the dilapidated Milderhurst Castle, inhabited by the Sisters Blythe.  What went on in the castle while Meredith stayed there during WWII?  Why did one of the sisters go mad?  And how is this all linked to the childhood horror story called The Mud Man?  You will have to read this book to find out.

Beautifully written, you will not want to put this book down once you open it.  I found myself walking the halls with Juniper Blythe at Milderhurst Castle.  I searched with Edie for the truth about her mother.  And I mourned the loss of my friends when the book was done.  Definitely a must-read.  I put it on my top books of 2010.  Love, love this book.

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3 Responses to Review: The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

  1. Crystal says:

    I just finished “The House at Riverton” and I officially love her. Thanks for the intro with “The Forgotten Garden.” Downloading “Distant Hours” right now!

  2. Book Momma says:

    Crystal, Let me know when you read Distant Hours. Want someone to discuss with!

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