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September 1940, and in the skies above the Weald of Kent the Battle of Britain rages. On a moonlit night on the grounds of Millderhurst Castle, twelve-year-old Queenie sits high in the branches of an oak tree waiting impatiently for the dog-fighting to begin. The unimaginable happens—an enemy plane crashes in the wood where she’s perched. The family takes in the injured pilot, expecting him to die that very night. But he recovers and his life will forever alter the family’s destiny.

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September 1959, Queenie is now a successful playwright in London. She receives word that her father is dying and she heads home for the first time in nearly twenty years. Memories wait around every corner, including an unspeakable death and a heartbreaking disappearance.

Morton once again enthralls readers with a richly atmospheric story featuring characters beset by love and circumstance and haunted by memory.

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    Good read

    As always I wasn't disappointed by Kate Morton. I have read her other books and enjoyed all of them. This one kept me going right til the end a real page turner. If you like stories that are intertwined with mystery and secrets you'll love this one

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    Another good read!

    Now what will I read next ...

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    Great book. Kate Morton is a captivating writer. This is classically a bit spooky. Enjoy!

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    Excellent read

    Lots of twists. You have to keep reading to the end to find out what really happened.

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    Beautifully written but a bit disappointing..

    Kate Morton’s knack for writing beautiful descriptions made for a story that was very richly detailed. Unfortunately The Distant Hours was a bit too detailed for my liking and I found that the plot moved along at a snail pace. While I liked the mystery and uncovering the truth behind all the secrets, I just wasn’t captivated like I hoped I’d be. In fact I couldn’t seem to motivate myself to read this book and so it took me quite a while to finish. I would definitely recommend Kate Morton as an author, however The Distant Hours isn’t one of my favourite books by her.

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