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The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
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Nov 30, 10

Read in November, 2010

Beautifully written prose, intriguing characters, various storylines, plot twist galore; The Distant Hours by Kate Morton has something for every reader. In 1992 Edie Burchill and her mother Meredith are preparing a typical Sunday dinner when a lost letter from 1941 is finally delivered to Meredith. Her reaction to the contents is so visceral that Edie, who has never been particularly close to her mother, is compelled to enquire. Meredith doesn’t reveal much except to inform her daughter that as a young girl in 1941 she was evacuated to a castle in Kent and taken by an elderly author and his three daughters. By chance Edie finds herself in the vicinity of the castle and after a visit in which she meets the sisters and vaguely remembers an incident from her past; Edie becomes obsessed with solving the riddle of the events of the past. Unfortunately the more she investigates the more puzzling the past becomes. Morton is a master at storytelling; she not only creates an atmosphere that is vivid, she skillfully unwinds multiple plot lines at a pace that always leaves the reader wanting more. The Distant Hours is a big, wonderful novel to get lost within, and readers will find themselves slowly turning pages in an effort to savor all Morton has to offer.
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