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  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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By: Kate Morton
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Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret. Evacuated from London as a 13-year-old girl, Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family.

Fifty years later, Edie too is drawn to Milderhurst and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiancé in 1941 plunged her into madness. Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst Castle, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.

©2010 Kate Morton (P)2010 Kate Morton

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Absolutely awful

I tried three times to listen to this book and failed. Have loved other Kate Morton books which is why I tried so hard… couldn’t cope with an Australian narrator trying to sound British - like nails down a blackboard (no prob listening to an Aussie narrator reading an Aussie based book!!) Have no idea of the story despite starting 3 times. Worst part is I left it too late to return - I think they call that salt in the wound

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Couldn't finish

I couldn't even finish this book. I have purchased two Kate Morton books before and would rate them 5 star plus. This book was a lot of words about nothing.

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the Distant Hours

loved the storyline. a book to get lost in. Kate is a very talented writer

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Enjoyable

Really enjoyed this well written story. Will try more Kate Morton in the future! I listened for hours at a time.

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Loved it!

If you could sum up The Distant Hours in three words, what would they be?

intriguing, historical, haunting

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Distant Hours?

mud man at the window

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

very easy to listen to

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

dreams and reality

Any additional comments?

really enjoyed it!

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Wow!! Just loved everything about this book, sad it finished.

Narration, storyline, real facts and fiction - this story has it all. Plenty of twists and turns. I’ve enjoyed every one of Kate Morton’s books and particularly love Caroline Lee’s storytelling. I’m a mystery and murder fan but like some mushy love as well. Such value for a credit. Don’t hesitate to download this book.

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Beautifully written

Very engaging, wonderful characters and superbly written. I absolutely loved it. Didn’t want it to end!

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I was spellbound

Quite possibly the best book I’ve every read (listened to). It kept me guessing right up to the end. I loved every minute of it!

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I will miss these women

I absolutely loved this book. The story, the characters, the castle, the style of writing, the narration - everything!

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Not the best Kate Morton book but still worth a listen

It took me longer to get into than usually does with a Kate Morton book but glad I persevered as I enjoyed it by the end. Was a little bit predictable though.

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