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Kaukaiset hetket (2010)

– tekijä: Kate Morton

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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.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: In both The Distant Hours and The Seduction of Water a children's story drives daughters to unravel the secrets of their mothers' pasts. Atmospheric settings, storylines past and present, mysteries, and Gothic trappings propel these polished, character-centered tales.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 194) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I liked the Forgotten Garden better, but this one still had that mysterious quality to it that sucks me in.

I would have like the book more without the Epilogue. It was tied up too nicely. The very end, the bit about the cherry stains, was a bit forced and kind of wrecked the charm of the story for me. Other than that though, I liked it. I couldn't put it down for the last 100 pages. Guess the dishes will have to wait! ( )
  pmichaud | Dec 21, 2020 |
DNF. Not awful, just uninteresting. Apparently a mystery story, but characters not interesting enough and writing somewhat hackneyed, so I didn't have enough incentive to go all the way through this long (audio) book to find out the details. ( )
  oldblack | Dec 9, 2020 |
I love Kate Morton's writing - beautiful and evocative, she brings her characters alive. Multi-generational stories of love and loss, secrets and lies, and grand old castles with huge libraries. ( )
  adam.currey | Sep 26, 2020 |
I kind of laugh at this book being marketed as Gothic. It's really not. I mean there's an old castle, but the book itself is so far from Gothic it's not even funny. This is a slow moving book that doesn't pick up any speed. When the book comes to the reveal at that point I just shrugged about it. There is ultimately nothing to say in the end except what a waste of many lives we get to read about in this book.

"The Distant Hours" has a long lost letter being delivered many decades after it should have gone. One of the characters in this book, Edie, is displeased (maybe that's too strong a word) that her mother may have secrets that she has never heard. Deciding to force herself into her mother's past, Edie goes hunting and goes to a castle her mother stayed at during the war years in England (Milderhurst) where the three Blythe sisters still live. Edie's mother (Meredith) has her own reasons for not wanting to revisit her past. However, Edie is given the opportunity to learn about the author of the mysterious "The True History of the Mud Man" and goes to learn more about the Blythe sisters.

Eh, Edie bugged me. Sorry. I just could not get over her sneaking and even reading her mother's private letters. Yes her aunts sucks for giving them to her (and seriously though) but Edie feels entitled to know everything about her mother. She also pries about the Blythe sisters since she also feels as if they should just open themselves up to her. Edie feels sorry for Juniper, likes the one twin, Saffy (Seraphina) and fears Percy (Persephone).

The secondary characters are barely present in this book. You read about the Blythe father and his madness, but you don't get to see it. You hear about it for the most part. We hear about how Juniper has been broken since her long lost fiancee left her, but you don't really get it since she is portrayed as vaguely confused. Juniper is also supposed to be a wonderful writer, but once again we don't get to "see" that, we just hear about what a genius she is. Same issue when we get the reveal about Percy's love life. I don't know why Morton decided to cut out things that would make these characters come to life, but she did. I absolutely loved "The Forgotten Garden", felt meh about this one, and just down and out disliked the last two books of her that I read.

The writing was okay, I just found myself bored. Honestly nothing much happens in this book until the very end. And the ending was not worth slogging through this thing. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Edie Burchill has never had a close relationship with her mother. One day while wandering through the English countryside, Edie happens upon Milderhurst Castle, home of the Blythe sisters (twins Percy & Saffy, and their younger sister Juniper), and hosts to Edie's mother as a young girl during WWII during the evacuation of many British children during the war. A strange memory from the past, along with a recent, disturbing letter received by her mother from Juniper, piques Edie's interest, but her mother remains close-lipped and refuses to share details about her past. Edie then takes it upon herself to explore further, uncovering secrets about the Blythe family and the ways in which these secrets intersect with her mother's past.

I love Kate Morton. I've not yet picked up one of her books that I haven't loved as well. And though sometimes her novels may appear daunting due to their size and some readers have expressed that they're a bit too lengthy, I don't find that to be the case. They sometimes start out a little slow, but it's hard not to fall deep under Morton's spell. Her writing and story lines have all the qualities I love, and I'm enveloped every time. So atmospheric, with gradually revealed details, yet there are always some surprises near the end. This one was no different. I've had this book on my shelf for a long time and I kept putting it off for shorter books, but now I don't know why, because I feel like I raced through it. Kate Morton ranks up there as one of my very favorite authors, and I will continue to devour anything she writes. ( )
  indygo88 | Jun 27, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 194) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
"There are a few genuine surprises amid the gothic denouement, but the narrative proceeds at such an excruciatingly slow pace that it is a struggle to stay awake long enough to reach it."
 
"By the time Edie unravels the sad truth within the castle, it is too late for some - no surprise in a Gothic tale - but not too late for others. The revelations involving these characters' "distant hours" make this a rich treat for fans of historical fiction."
 
Milderhurst Castle is as enchanting to the reader as it is to Edie and her mother but the cast is rarely quite as absorbing because Meredith, Juniper and Thomas are sketchily drawn.
 
En romantisk thriller og etterlengtet tredjebok fra forfatteren av Tilbake til Riverton og Den glemte hagen.
Et brev postet i 1941 når endelig sin mottaker i 1992, med store ringvirkninger for forlagsdirektøren Edie Burchill fra London.
I det forfalne Milderhurst Slott bor det aldrende tvillingparet Pesephone og Seraphina sammen med deres yngre halvsøster, Juniper. De tre eksentriske ugifte kvinnene er døtre av Raymond Blyte, forfatteren av The True History of the Mud Man, en barnebokklassiker som Edie elsker.
Edie, som senere blir invitert til å skrive et forord i et opptrykk av Raymonds mesterverk, besøker det sjarmerende slottet på jakt etter svar.
Hvorfor ble moren hennes så knust av innholdet i et brev sendt 51 år tidligere? Og hva hendte med soldaten Thomas Cavill, Junipers lenge savnede forlovede og Merediths tidligere lærer? Svaret vil overraske leserne.
 

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