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The Distant Hours Paperback – July 12, 2011
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“A spellbinding journey, a mystery whose well-paced revelations provide a surprising and deeply satisfying read.” —Booklist (Booklist)
“A fresh and thrilling gothic mystery. . . . Layers of deliciously surprising secrets.”
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About the Author
Kate Morton, a native Australian, holds degrees in dramatic art and English literature. She lives with her family in London and Australia.
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I have read all but one of Kate Morton's Novels. This one kept me spell bound. The time period during the war was very note worthy. It is difficult to imagine life during that time period. Also, the characters and the roles they played made interesting reading.
I refrained from giving this book 5 stars as the abundance of in-depth explanations of every action, thought, and detail of the characters' daily lives and surroundings seemed excessive. While useful when describing the mania which shaped the personalities of the characters of Juniper and her father Raymond Blythe, further editing of repetitive or "wordy" descriptions would not have taken away from the substance of the book.
It would be senseless to list the many specific shortcomings. The simple plot and sub-plot just aren't in any way worthy of this many pages of disorganization and repetition, even when written well.
In typical Kate Morton style, the story is a multilayered mystery that keeps the reader hooked until the last page.
The MP3 disk format is great for listening in the car. One disk, now swapping.
I can still feel the tension in the relationship between the heroine and her mother, so aptly described and beautifully rendered. Kate has a way of bringing you into the settings to where you feel you have been transported from your reading chair to where the characters live and breathe. Time passes and you can hear a pin drop. Descriptive writing and prose at its best.