Friday, January 28, 2011

Book Review: The Distant Hours

I was SOOOO EXCITED to read Kate Morton's newest book The Distant Hours. The Forgotten Garden was one of my favorite books of 2009 and maybe even of all time!! (Yes I realize this sounds a lot like my post about A Secret Kept -the similarities don't end there either!). I also loved Morton's other novel The House at Riverton. I am yet again disappointed!! I need to stop doing this to myself, but come on people, when you absolutely love a book to the point where you buy copies for other people, and the author comes out with a new book, how can you NOT be excited?

From Goodreads: "This long-awaited novel by the author of The House at Riverton begins with a long lost letter. Its contents compel young Edie Burchill to journey to the eerie realm of Millderhurst Castle, where her mother, then just 13 years old, waited out the London Blitz. What Edie learns about those distant hours in that faraway place will forever change her view of her mother and her".  Sorry I got lazy and stole, I mean borrowed with a proper reference to a synopsis so you could know what it was about.

A big part of all of Morton's novels is suspense-with what you think are big revelations throughout the books-but really those are just teasers, with a bombshell dropped right at the end. You get tidbits of information about things that happened in the past and then BAM something shocking is discovered!! With The Distant Hours, I just wanted her to get on with it already!! I was actually a bit bored, and ended up putting the book aside for a few days so I could read A Secret Kept on my dad's Kindle.

Another so-so read for 2011. I hope it doesn't stay like this all year!!

What are you reading? Do you have any good suggestions for me??


  1. So disappointed to hear this - I too LOVED her previous two novels, and was looking forward to this one. Have you read Room by Emma Donoghue - that's definitely my favourite read so far this year? Very different, but ultimately uplifting IMHO.

  2. I read Room in November, I thought it was great too!!

  3. If you haven't read any Sarah Addison Allen books (Garden Spells, Sugar Queen, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and her newest one The Peach Keeper)I would HIGHLY suggest that you read them. I suggest them to everyone because it has a little bit of every genre. Her stories are very unique and you fall in love with the characters within the first chapter. PLEASE read them! you will LOVE them I can guarantee it :) Thanks for the book suggestions!

  4. Thank you for the suggestion!!I have one of her books on my wishlist!


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