Title: The Distant Hours
Author: Kate Morton
How I Read It: ebook
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 5 Crowns
Synopsis: A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but mouldering 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 fiancé 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.
Edie Burchill comes to Milderhurst castle and remembers she has been there before. The story weaves between the past and present day. Edie's mother was evacuated to Milderhurst around WWII and has kept this a secret from her daughter and Edie becomes obsessed with discovering what it is. Milderhurst is the home of author Raymond Blythe, and his 3 daughters. Twins Percy and Saffy and Juniper Blythe – each with their own mysterious tale to tell.
Every time I finish a Kate Morton book I am rendered speechless! For the next few hours I just wonder around going ‘Wow’.... 'Wow’. She is a master storyteller on so many levels - capable of holding the readers attention through long books with her vivid descriptions, captivating characters (plural!), story lines that will keep you guessing until the very end and prose that you have to go back and read again to allow her vivid imagery to just wash over you. I loved this book on so many levels - the characters from both the modern day and the past where all so engaging. But it's a tale of three sisters and an old castle a murder mystery and .... ""The ancient walls sing the distant hours.."
Reviewed by Helen