Saturday, January 08, 2011

Favorite Reads of 2010: The Distant Hours

It's that time of the year again -- your friendly neighborhood librarians are eager to tell you about their favorite reads of 2010. Here is Louise with a review:

A long-lost letter, a moldering castle in the English countryside, and family secrets...

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton is one of those atmospheric novels that need to be savored, peeling back the layers one by one. It's a gothic tale, but not your grandma's gothic novel. Morton has taken the traditional genre and set it on its ear.

Edie Burchill, a 30-year-old London book editor, is shocked by her mother's extreme distress when a letter, lost for 50 years, suddenly shows up in the mail. Always somewhat emotionally distant, Edie's mother never talked about what happened when she was evacuated to the country as a child during World War II. The postmark on the mysterious letter is Milderhurst Castle, and Edie is determined to unravel the mystery of her mother's past connection to the place.

While I was reading the novel, I had the opportunity to meet the Aussie author in person and was able to tell her how much I was enjoying it. If you like stories rich with details, unusual characters, and a haunting love theme running throughout, you must read The Distant Hours. Morton's previous bestseller, The Forgotten Garden, is next on my to-read list.

Check out Kate Morton's website for more information on her and her works.

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