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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Distant Hours

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Atria (November 9, 2010)
ISBN-10: 1439152780

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. A letter posted in 1941 finally reaches its destination in 1992 with powerful repercussions for Edie Burchill, a London book editor, in this enthralling romantic thriller from Australian author Morton (The Forgotten Garden). At crumbling Milderhurst Castle live elderly twins Persephone and Seraphina and their younger half-sister, Juniper, the three eccentric spinster daughters of the late Raymond Blythe, author of The True History of the Mud Man, a children's classic Edie adores. Juniper addressed the letter to Meredith, Edie's mother, then a young teen evacuated to Milderhurst during the Blitz. Edie, who's later invited to write an introduction to a reprint of Raymond's masterpiece, visits the seedily alluring castle in search of answers. Why was her mother so shattered by the contents of a letter sent 51 years earlier? And what happened to soldier Thomas Cavill, Juniper's long-missing fiancé and Meredith's former teacher? Despite the many competing narratives, the answers will stun readers.

This makes the third book I've read by Kate Morton.  The first book, House at Riverton I don't think I was overly thrilled with..but I also think my expectations were way high for that type of books since I had read The Thirteenth Tale, and it didn't live up to that book.  I think I am going to have to read the House at Riverton again.

Anyway.. when the Forgotten Garden came out the review read well, and I didn't remember that it was the same author and I bought the book and enjoyed it very much.

... and then came The Distant Hours.

...Kate Morton has made leaps and bounds with her writing with each book she puts out... I can't imagine what her next book will be like!

Very enjoyable.. and for much of the book it was one of those that the book wasn't set down for very long before picking it up to "read one more chapter".

This book is a case of discovering all the secrets to the lives of a number of people.  The three sisters of Milderhurst castle, and even her own mother! I can't begin to tell you how this book makes me want to find out about my own mother and father of which I know nothing about my father at all.

This is not a book that you will have all figured out.  Oh no! It is a book of many surprises, so if you like mysteries about family secrets to solve you will enjoy this book!

The castle gives the whole gothic feel to the book and makes you want to find castles and then discover the mysteries of those castles too!

I have to say that this book is a keeper to be read again at some date and time.  And yes, I would certainly recommend this book to those who like gothic style mysteries.  It may be 576 pages long but it will go fast!

And now I am anxious to find out what her next book will be about!


Blogger Carl V. said...

So glad to read such a positive review. A fellow blogger sent me her review copy of the book as she strongly believed I would like it based on my love of The Thirteenth Tale. Your review heightens my hope that I will indeed enjoy it.

12:05 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hmmm...between you and Carl saying someone recommended it based on his love of The Thirteenth Tale, I think I may have to read this one!!

1:02 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Carl: it is hard for me to say it's "better" than 13th tale, but it's a matter of taste. I would say it's close enough to enjoy it!

Chris: to me this is the best of the 3 books of hers that I've read. and I do think you'd like it. (if you ever get to it lost in the bookcase LOL LOL..hmmm, not sure why I'M laughing lol)

7:00 AM  
Blogger Carl V. said...

I certainly won't be expecting it to be better. Like you it will be hard to find a novel like that which also tops it, but I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this so much having had that comparison thrown out there. If only it weren't such a chunkster! :)

10:40 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Carl: LoL.. I guess I am getting to like "getting my money's worth" lol...when a book is a chunkster and really "good" it still gets read very fast!!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Carl V. said...

That's true. The same thing happens with me. It is just getting over the hump and deciding to read it that is my big issue. Oddly enough, I am reading a chunkster right now...600 pages...but I convinced myself it wasn't because it is really an omnibus edition with two novels in it. I am conveniently ignoring the fact that I tore through the first novel and went straight into the second. LOL!

12:29 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Well, this sounds like a fascinating book...I LOVE Mysteries, especially about Family's....So, I just might "Amazon" thos one...! Thanks Pat.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Sounds like just the sort of book I would like to read by the fire on a cold night!

7:46 PM  

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