Author(s): Kate Morton
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton, author of the bestselling The House of Riverton, is a heart-breaking story of love and loss with a devastating secret at its heart.
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 fiancé 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 . . .
Commended, FAW (Fellowship of Australian Writrs) Christina Stead Award
'The suspense will have you turning the pages long into the night.' - Good Reading, 4 stars
With just three novels published, Kate Morton has sold over 4 million copies in 26 languages, across 38 countries. The first, The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, was a number one bestseller in 2007. The Forgotten Garden, her second novel, was also a bestseller in Australia, the UK, the US and in many European countries. And on simultaneous publication of The Distant Hours in Australia, the UK and US in November 2010, Kate's third novel also became an immediate bestseller. Each of the three novels have won the Australian Book Industry award for General Fiction Book of the Year. Kate is currently writing her new novel which will be published in November 2012. You can find more information about Kate and her books at katemorton.com