Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Waiting on Wednesday #22 - The Distant Hours by Kate Morton.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly awaited upcoming releases.

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
Publisher: Mantle
Hardcover, 320 pages.
Release date: October 15th 2010

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Millderhurst 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: Juniper, her twin sisters and their father, Raymond. In the grand and glorious Millderhurst Castle, a new world opens up for Edie’s mother. She discovers the joys of books and fantasy and writing, but also, ultimately, the dangers. 

Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother’s riddle, she, too, is drawn to Millderhurst Castle and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiancĂ© 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 Millderhurst 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 . . .

I love Kate Morton's books and with the long winter nights (boo!) coming soon, this will be the perfect read to curl up with.  I much prefer the UK cover for this one - the US cover is pretty, but much too twee and fairytale for my liking - not something that would attract my attention at the book store, but I'd instantly be drawn to the UK cover.  What's your favourite cover on this one?

Share your thoughts and Waiting on Wednesday picks in comments!


  1. I completely agree. The UK one is definitely better. I have had my eye on this book as well. Great pick!

  2. Oh myyyy I loved the cover for Forgotten Garden, and this one doesn't disappoint either. I will be sure to read this when it comes out, because I loved The Forgotten Garden!!

  3. Adore the UK cover. I would definitely choose that one instantly. Haven't read any of her books yet, but will be on the look out for this.

  4. Oh, definitely! Both covers are lovely, but the UK cover says "secrets."

    Here's mine:

  5. I love the UK version of the cover. The book looks like it's something I'll fall in love with. Thanks for the recommend and I hope you enjoy it!

    Here's my WOW

  6. Very interesting suggestion! Now a follower!

  7. I like how the US cover is similar to The Forgotten Garden. As soon as I saw the image I knew it was a Kate Morton book. I do like the UK cover better though. It is more mysterious looking so I think it suits the synopsis.

  8. I have not read anything from Kate Morton yet, but I have The Forgotten Garden sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me!

  9. I like the UK cover too. Kate Morton is another author I’ve wanted to read, but haven’t. Nice choice!

  10. Love the setting and I really like the UK cover best. Great pick this week.

  11. Cool covers. Can't decide which looks better.I hope that when you get your book, you enjoy it. Here is what I am Waiting On Wednesday for.

  12. The UK cover "fits" the book description and setting much better...

    My WOW this week at Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories is for a Historical Romance...

    jackie ^_^

  13. Great WoW! Both covers are beautiful!

  14. Hi! I like the UK cover way better than the US one. :)


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