The Distant Hours
A NoveleBook - 2010
Nearly 20 years after her family nurses a wounded enemy pilot back to health, London playwright Queenie attends the deathbed of her father and is haunted by memories of an unspeakable death and a heartbreaking disappearance. Includes reading-group guide. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.) Reprint.
Simon and Schuster
The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Forgotten Garden mesmerizes readers with this haunting tale of long-buried secrets and the twists of fate that can alter lives forever.
It starts with a letter, lost for half a century and unexpectedly delivered to Edie’s mother on a Sunday afternoon. The letter leads Edie to Milderhurst Castle, where the eccentric Blythe spinsters live and where, she discovers, her mother was billeted during World War II. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives caring for their younger sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiancé jilted her in 1941. Inside the decaying castle, Edie searches for her mother’s past but soon learns there are other secrets hidden in its walls. The truth of what happened in “the distant hours” has been waiting a long time for someone to find it. In this enthralling romantic thriller, Morton pays homage to the classics of gothic fiction, spinning a rich and intricate web of mystery, suspense, and lost love.
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Heroine's mother was evacuated from London to countryside in WWII. Daughter didnt find out about this until a lost letter arrives in 90's and mother is very upset about it. Daughter tours castle where mother stayed for short time. All 3 sisters still living, twins are oldest and younger daughter may have dementia or mental instability. Their father was author of a loved children's book, probably a YA book, as it was rather a horror story. Mud Man was the scary character, which figures into the plot.
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