Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pre Pub Book Buzz -- The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

Tuesday (11/09) sees the release of Kate Morton's latest, The Distant Hours. Morton, whose debut, The House at Riverton (The Shifting Fog), captivated readers - including myself - has made a name for herself with her gothically toned fiction. I've been salivating over The Distant Hours for a couple weeks now, since the massive ARC landed on my doorstep. Unfortunately, I knew that this one would take a little more attention that I could devote before now. Never fear! I'm diving in this weekend. For now, here's the PW review so you can share my excitement:

A letter posted in 1941 finally reaches its destination in 1992 with powerful repercussions for Edie Burchill, a London book editor, in this enthralling romantic thriller from Australian author Morton (The Forgotten Garden). At crumbling Milderhurst Castle live elderly twins Persephone and Seraphina and their younger half-sister, Juniper, the three eccentric spinster daughters of the late Raymond Blythe, author of The True History of the Mud Man, a children's classic Edie adores. Juniper addressed the letter to Meredith, Edie's mother, then a young teen evacuated to Milderhurst during the Blitz. Edie, who's later invited to write an introduction to a reprint of Raymond's masterpiece, visits the seedily alluring castle in search of answers. Why was her mother so shattered by the contents of a letter sent 51 years earlier? And what happened to soldier Thomas Cavill, Juniper's long-missing fiancé and Meredith's former teacher? Despite the many competing narratives, the answers will stun readers.

I'm thinking a nice relaxing weekend indoors (with the exception of some yoga), curled up with some hot tea and The Distant Hours is the perfect way to spend the next two days.

1 comment:

Vickie said...

Looking forward to your review of this. I have THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN on Mt Git'r'Read and HOUSE AT RIVERTON on its way to the house soon. Love that Gothic feel.