The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I love multiple stories told over time - the story of Edie, in 1992, as she figures out her life, her career, her relationship with her parents.
Edie's favorite book as a child leads her to tour the castle where the book was written, and to meet the three sisters who live there, the daughters of the author. They are all old women now, living in a run down house, with history and each other but little money.
Edie discovers that during WWII, her mother was a child evacuee. And where was she evacuated to? That castle, when those three sisters were younger.
The stories unfold, in 1939, in 1941, in 1992 -- and before, also. A mystery, several mysteries.
Without spoilers, I'll also add that it was a relief to read a book that was a mystery that did not involve sexual abuse, rape, and babies. Seriously, one of my recent historical reads had plot/character development centering around so many various unplanned/ out of wedlock babies that it got a little ridiculous.
Also, I would love to read the fictitious book that was at the center of this book. It sounded amazing.
Finally, the time period that most of the book is about -- Britain during WWII -- was fascinating. I want to read more.
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