- Publisher: Pan Books
- Format: Paperback | 600 pages
- Dimensions: 110mm x 174mm x 46mm | 381g
- Publication date: 5 June 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0330533789
- ISBN 13: 9780330533782
- Edition statement: Open market ed
- Sales rank: 3,398
From the international bestselling author of "The House at Riverton" and "The Forgotten Garden" comes a brand new tale of love, mystery, betrayal and dark secrets...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 thirteen year old girl, Edie's mother is chosen by the mysterious Juniper Blythe, and taken to live at Millderhurst 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 fiance 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...
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Kate Morton grew up in the mountains of southeast Queensland, Australia. She has degrees in Dramatic Art and English Literature and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland. Kate lives with her husband and two young sons in Brisbane.
By Louise Marsh 10 Nov 2011
Kate Morton is Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl for grown-ups.
While she doesn't write about magic faraway trees or boys who live in giant peaches, she has a gift for storytelling that sweeps you up into the lives of her characters and their worlds.
Morton has written three books to date - The Shifting Fog / The House at Riverton, The Forgotten Garden and The Distant Hours.
Each book is set in the grand manor houses of early 20th century England. Present day events become loose threads that unravel the long-held secrets contained within their walls.
I loved all three books so much I can't pick a favourite and I recommend them all.
You can read more of my book recommendations at www.thereadingexperiment.com