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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 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


10 thoughts on “The Distant Hours

  1. says:

    Did you ever go to a Tupperware party where the hostess spent forever demonstrating all the gadgets in a dramatically effervescent voice? And at the end nobody bought anything? And there weren't even any refreshments being served to make it worth having shown up? And you didn't like any of the other people who came to the party? This book is that party all elaborate demonstration no sale no refreshment and no one I care about


  2. says:

    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


  3. says:

    4 out of 5 stars to Kate Morton's The Distant Hours a beautifully written and compelling story of sisters mothers and daughters across two different time periods set in London and rural England Why This Book? I'd read one of her other books The Forgotten Garden and fell in love with Kate Morton's style effortless reads and vivid settings and characters I had to continue absorbing as much of her books as I could but given they are usually 500 pages and uite intense I have to layer them in every few months I happened to arrive in my building's laundry room a few minutes early and perused the library's bookshelves while waiting for the dryer to complete its cycle Lo an' behold there she stoodSome kind soul had dropped off this book and it beckoned me to depart uickly with it Well as soon as I finished getting all my clothes out of the dryer It sat on my living room's bookshelves for a few weeks until I'd seen a review of it this week and decided to move it up on my TBR list SO GLAD I DID Overview of Story Edie Burchill a thirty year old book lover working in the publishing industry recently split from her live in boyfriend is visiting her parents one weekend when a letter arrives in the mail postmarked nearly 50 years ago Edie's mother Meredith tells her very little only that it came from one of the Blythe sisters who live at Milderhurst Castle where Meredith stayed as an evacuee during WWII's German Blitz Though Edie and her mother aren't very close she knows Meredith hasn't told her the entire story And when Edie finds herself driving near the castle and an opportunity to take a tour arises she jumps on it Inside Edie meets 85ish twins Saffy and Percy who care for their much younger sister Juniper who is in her early 70s All is not well with Juniper who thinks Edie is actually Meredith from nearly 50 years ago Edie visits local historians presses her mother's family and becomes closer to the twin sisters in hopes she'll discover what hides behind her mother's wistful eyes And as she falls deeper in the story she learns of a broken engagement a missing fiancee a long lost love a crazy author an affair and a few mysterious deaths Not to mention the mystery of the mud man who the sisters' father Raymond Blythe wrote a famous fiction or was it? story nearly 70 years before Approach Style The book alternates time periods every few chapters showing what happened in 1939 1941 and what is happening currently in the 1990s Chapters take on different points of view and focus from all of the core characters Raymond Blythe His 3 daughters Saffy Percy and Juniper Edie spends time with her parents and her mother's sister Rita Mr Cavill the missing fiancee has his own stories and connections and his family is still looking for him in current time The stories and characters unfold chapter by chapter leading readers to discover all the covert relationships and actions that have occurred to bring everything to current times Strengths Kate Morton is uickly becoming my favorite author Her writing style though a little exaggerated and too lyrical at times is astoundingly beautiful You will always picture the setting the views and the backdrops Her choice of words ranges from intoxicating to phenomenal And her ability to stop the story at just the right moment before switching to a different character or point of view is dazzling And sometimes it's not even a cliffhanger or point of suspense; it's a mere change to give you a chance to breathe and let your imagination run free for a bitThe plot is intricate realistic and intense You uestion with each chapter the motivation of the good people and the sentiment of the bad people You wonder why they make the decision they make only to find out later you should never second guess it I can imagine Morton writes very detailed outlines over several months determining when to drop certain hints and when to hold back for a complete and utter shock She's clearly writing in a forum and a genre that is well suited to her strengths Open uestions Concerns At times the story is a little too unclear In 90% of the cases it works to your advantage as your suspense and thrill increases; however every so often it goes a little too far unravels than it needs to and opens itself up to a few too many uestions that don't fully find resolution In particular with the ending of this one I wasn't sure of a connection to make with the delay that happens on the bus no spoilers here that said it's easily forgiven but this reader wanted it a little tidied upEmpathy for the character of Juniper should have been a stronger theme Readers will feel attached to her but when you discover what truly happened to her in the end and how it seems so much could have been prevented you wonder whether she was just there to suffer A tweak here and there might have made this a little acceptable but then again reality doesn't always work that way either People have a misguided notion they are doing the right thing for the wrong reasons Final Thoughts If you love flowery language tremendous detail and an ethereal uality in a story you must read Morton's books And this one in particular shows the pushpull between siblings and parents and children all the things you never know even though you live together for so many years We are all different people and despite sharing so much in common our relationships are uniue This book shows us how to uestion why a sister can control another how a mother can choose not to truly love her child and how a man could go crazy over losing so much in a lifetimeGo into this one expecting a long and intense journey and you will be pleased Go into this hoping for a thrilling ride of great leaps and shocks you will be disappointed This is not about how dastardly someone has behaved; this is about how people disappoint one another when they least expect to About Me For those new to me or my reviews here's the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you'll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Thanks for stopping by Images are from GIPHY


  4. says:

    Actual rating 35 🌟My edition of this book has over 700 pages but it really didn't feel like a long book The pages just kept flying by which is due to Kate Morton's excellent writing style She has a way of pulling you into the story and making everything feel alive and real You have no option but to be completely invested and enthralled by what's happening Like with her other books the setting and overall feel of the book were just perfect The suspense is written in a wonderful way not over the top and just the perfect amount to keep you guessing without driving you crazy and thus becoming annoyingHowever I did enjoy this one less than the other two book by her I've read The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden This was mostly because I just didn't connect to any of the characters I even disliked the main character Edie at certain points no real reason why I just didn't find her very sympathetic And with the others I felt like I didn't get a good grip on them so to say And then the two characters I would have loved to get a clearer picture of Raymond Blythe and Thomas Cavill were kind of glossed over A better view into their lives and thoughts would have been wonderful and considering that they both are key figures it definitely would have made sense and added some depth to the storyThen again the book definitely earns some plus points for being unpredictable The ending like in Morton's other books takes a dark turn and once again I was not let down The way all the beautiful things are combined with the gruesome and dark themes is done in a great and fitting way Like I've said in my other reviews of her books I'm glad she doesn't shy away from going down this routeDespite my detachment from the characters I had a great reading experience and would definitely recommend it to others


  5. says:

    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


  6. says:

    I abandoned the effort to read The Distant Hours about a third of the way in I don’t know uite what to make of Kate Morton whose writing at least for me gets increasingly annoying with every book she publishes At some point she has begun to confuse languor with atmosphere and the pace of this book is like sitting on the leading edge of an advancing glacier It could be millennia before it gets where it’s going Morton is plainly far interested in the details of setting and landscape than in narrative and character and conseuently she spends far time on description and explanation than on dialogue or action with the result that I started to feel as if I were having a guided tour of a novel instead of reading one This is all the frustrating because somewhere under all the visual detail there’s a story I was kind of interested in hearing but she just wore me down with page after page after page of rambling stylistically torpid journeys through landscapes both external and internal I gave up after a two and half page description of someone looking for a pile of laundry Life is just too short


  7. says:

    I welled up when this book ended not just because I hated to see it end One could weep over the sad lives of the 3 Blythe sisters now elderly living with secrets that are beautifully gradually revealed The story jumps from the 1990's in London to the Milderhurst Castle during WWII and the present When Edie Burchill encounters the 3 elderly sisters she is drawn into a family of secrets whose distant hours are simply a wonder to read It may be the best I've read since The Help


  8. says:

    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


  9. says:

    I am a sucker for ancient decaying castles with occupants who are eccentric and obviously have secrets to hide When Morton sets the stage and begins to play out the lives of the Blythe sisters children of a famous and ultimately bizarre writer during the time of WWII she has me hooked At the same time she introduces the modern day story of Edie Burchill the daughter of a WWII child evacuee who was sent to the castle to wait out the war It is her mother's story that Edie is determined to unearth but in the process she finds herself enmeshed in the story of the Blythe sisters as well This contrivance of running parallel stories in different time lines is fairly common and seldom well done Morton does it well She makes us eually interested in both stories and anxious to see how they converge one upon the otherI would never argue that Morton's books are great literature They are pure enjoyment Now and then that is what we need and what we seek I never feel disappointed by having spent my time with her characters and she keeps me straining to figure out what the truth of the mystery will be which I never do


  10. says:

    I have recently finished reading this book and I just loved it I had it finished in a week A few times a got a little frustrated wanting to know the secrets but the wait was well worth it There are a lot of secrets in this bookI was worried it wasn't going to stack up to her two previous books due to some 'not so good' reviews I've read and heard This book is a lot darker than her other two but similar in the switching back and forth from the present to the past Again I love the way she tells a story and this is a fabulous story to read Remember though it is a dark book and she does take her time building the characters but it was one hell of a read I hope you enjoy it as much as I did It all starts with a lost letter delivered to Edith’s Mum Meredith The letter has been lost for 50 years The letter is from Juniper Blythe who is now an eldery lady Juniper and her twin sisters took Meredith in during the 1940 London Blitz and here the story begins of Middlehurst Castle and the secrets within it's walls