The Distant Hours
A NovelBook - 2010
A long-lost letter arriving at its destination fifty years after it was sent lures Edie Burchill to crumbling Milderhurst Castle, home of the three elderly Blythe sisters, where Edie's mother was sent to stay as a teenager during World War II.
Nearly twenty 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. By the author of The Forgotten Garden.
Simon and Schuster
A long lost letter arrives in the post and Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but moldering old house, where the Blythe spinsters live and where her mother was billeted 50 years before as a 13 year old child during WW II. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives looking after the third and youngest sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiance jilted her in 1941.
Inside the decaying castle, Edie begins to unravel her mother’s past. But there are other secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst, and Edie is about to learn more than she expected. The truth of what happened in ‘the distant hours’ of the past has been waiting a long time for someone to find it.
Morton once again enthralls readers with an atmospheric story featuring unforgettable characters beset by love and circumstance and haunted by memory, that reminds us of the rich power of storytelling
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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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