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The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
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Mar 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: drama-fiction, book-club
Recommended to Rose by: Book Club
Read in August, 2011

Although I really enjoyed this unbelievably tragic tale of love and loss, I feel it did drag on a bit longer than it needed to. That seems to be my only grumble regarding this story.

It is a gothic tale set in a castle in the countryside of England. The story takes place in two time periods: during the bombing of London during WWII and in 1992. The 3 BLythe sisters who live in the castle alone during 1992 who are mere curiousities for those who have grown up in the area, are surrounded in mystery. Thier father wrote a famous fairy tale of the Mud Man and left them the castle. Edie is an editor whose cold and distant mother has ties to these sisters from when she stays with them in her childhood during the war. Edie tries to uncover the mysteries of why her mother is the way she is and what role the sisters played in it by visiting the sisters to intervew for her book on how the Mud Man came to be which is in itself another mystery.

As you can see, there are many untold layers to this story which is unfolded brilliantly by Ms. Morton. This is a tragic story of love and loss and found myself crying and feeling very sad at the end. But it is well worth losing yourself in this wonderfully told story.


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