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The Distant Hours by Kate Morton Hardcover – November 9, 2009
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you hooked yet? I was.
The Blythe sisters, twins Saffy and Percy, and the younger Juniper live in Milderhurst Castle. Edie Burchill is a young editor in London, who discovers that her mother briefly lived with the sisters Blythe, during WWII when London children were evacuated out to the country, and that the writer of her favorite childhood book, The True History of the Mud Men, the book that made Edie a bibliophile, was the father of these sisters.
Edie becomes fascinated: why did her mother not talk about this? What secrets do the sisters hold? What happened to Juniper's lover, Thomas Cavill? Why is Juniper forever trapped in the past, waiting for her lover? Why did Percy and Saffy never marry? What horrible secret did their father tell Juniper? Does The True History of the Mud Men have it's origins in a real story?
Morton does finally answer these questions and more, answers I mostly did not see coming. It does take 576 pages to get there, though. While I love Kate Morton's work and I loved this as well, there was a lot of back story that could have been tweaked a little. But the writing lives up to her usual standards, very atmospheric, great character development. As usual, she weaves between past and present, creating questions and building suspense. But it was well-worth the wait. This book is perfect for this time of year, with the dark coming so early, all those long hours to fill until bed, while the cold nips at your door...I'm getting carried away. But I definitely recommend this. Fans of Kate Morton won't be disappointed and this is perfect for those new to her work.
my rating 4.5/5