Official description: 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.
My opinion: I'm a big fan of Kate Morton, especially The Secret Keeper. I enjoyed The Distant Hours as well, but not as much. My favorite parts were the mysteries, the descriptions of Juniper, and the Gothic feel throughout the novel. What I didn't like was the slightly disjointed feel. There was a plot line that really could have been completely left out. It didn't fit and I was left feeling disappointed that Morton didn't use another way of introducing the story of Milderhurst Castle.
Why I gave this book 4/5 stars: Interesting, slightly creepy story, a little disjointed, nice characters
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