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SUMMARY Ú The Distant Hours â Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon 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 secretEvacuated from London as a 12 year old girl Edie’s mother iE abandonment by her fiancé in 1941 plunged her into madnessInside 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 than she expected For the truth of what happened in the distant hours has been waiting a long time for someone to find. Is Kate Morton a women's writer As an Ann Tyler and Maeve Binchy fan I wouldn't know I loved Morton's previous two books and this one is even better Flying back and forth in time between the evacuation of children from London prior to the blitz of 1941 and the modern day 1992 Book editor Edie Burchill uncovers the truth behind the creation of The True History of the Mud Man a spectacularly successful children's story written by the patriarch of Milderhurst Castle in Kent now in the possession of the Sisters Blythe three characters truly wrecked by their father and their connection to the baleful book he wrote Central to the complex and thoroughly gripping plot is Edie's mother who was thirteen when she was evacuated in the war to Milderhurst and became entwined in the drama Her part of the tale is only one of the things Edie discoversMorton writes great characters and provides them with intelligent and utterly believable dialog The slow unraveling of the plot is a delight and I read this one in three evenings flat

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Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon 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 secretEvacuated from London as a 12 year old girl Edie’s mother is chosen by the mysteri. Did you ever go to a Tupperware party where the hostess spent forever demonstrating all the gadgets in a dramatically effervescent voice And at the end nobody bought anything And there weren't even any refreshments being served to make it worth having shown up And you didn't like any of the other people who came to the party This book is that party all elaborate demonstration no sale no refreshment and no one I care about

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The Distant HoursOus Juniper Blythe and taken to live at Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family Juniper her twin sisters and their father RaymondFifty years later as Edie chases the answers to her mother’s riddle She too is drawn to Milderhurst Castle and the eccentric sisters Blythe Old ladies now the three still live together the twins nursing Juniper whos. I loved Morton's earlier novel The Forgotten Garden and had high expectations for this one as well If this book wasn't tailored made for my reading tastes I don't know what would be Ancient castle in the bucholic English countryside Past and present plotlines weaving and intersecting Homage to books readers and the written word Gothic elements galore including madness forbidden love family secrets a lost letter and a creepy children's storyHowever by the end of this massive 560 page book I was left closing the back cover with what I am sure was a comical What the look on my faceSeriously I concur with so many other disappointed reviewers that this book needed major red pencil attention by the editors Morton is a gifted writer but this book suffered from too much literary cleverness at the expense of what should have been a gripping and taunt gothic mystery It's not enough that she can write strings of beautiful sentences; there needs to be a satisfying conclusion to such a whopping tome that I've invested loads of not so distant hours toward finishingThis time the Morton magic didn't happen for me