Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Die fernen Stunden: Roman by Kate Morton

Die fernen Stunden: Roman (original 2010; edition 2012)

by Kate Morton, Charlotte Breuer (Übersetzer), Norbert Möllemann (Übersetzer)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
2,1021423,133 (3.84)142
Title:Die fernen Stunden: Roman
Authors:Kate Morton
Other authors:Charlotte Breuer (Übersetzer), Norbert Möllemann (Übersetzer)
Info:Diana Verlag (2012), Taschenbuch, 736 Seiten
Collections:Your library, Historische Romane, Read but unowned

Work details

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton (2010)

  1. 201
    The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield (library_gal, Becchanalia)
    Becchanalia: Pretty much the same plot.
  2. 70
    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (BookshelfMonstrosity)
  3. 10
    The Sister by Poppy Adams (starfishian)
  4. 10
    The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (starfishian)
  5. 10
    The Legacy by Katherine Webb (tina1969)
  6. 00
    The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: In both The Distant Hours and The Seduction of Water a children's story drives daughters to unravel the secrets of their mothers' pasts. Atmospheric settings, storylines past and present, mysteries, and Gothic trappings propel these polished, character-centered tales.… (more)
  7. 00
    Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson (caittilynn)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 142 mentions

English (130)  Spanish (7)  Dutch (2)  German (2)  French (1)  All languages (142)
Showing 1-5 of 130 (next | show all)
Another great book by Kate Morton. Full of mystery and family secrets. Listened to this book on audio and the narrator, Caroline Lee was excellent. Loved it. ( )
  booklovers2 | Aug 21, 2015 |
An engrossing story, the author knows really knows how create a dark, gothic mystery that envelops the reader in the times and places of the characters. The ending may not satisfy but the general tale is fantastic. ( )
  charlie68 | Jun 8, 2015 |
A letter written decades ago but only just delivered starts Edie on a quest to unravel a mystery that has her digging into her mother’s long-buried past. She discovers that her mother was a refugee child during the war and resided at a castle with three young women and their reclusive writer father. A tragedy mars their past, and now the three spinster sisters have become secretive and withdrawn. Edie is determined to uncover the truth, but without causing further grief to her mother or to the sisters. A well written and descriptive novel, it won’t be long before you find yourself as deeply invested in the mystery as Edie is and just as eager to know the truth. A fascinating tale with complex characters in an intriguing plot – all the elements for a great story. ( )
  Maydacat | Jan 1, 2015 |
This is a classic Gothic Novel complete with a castle, a mystery and a clueless heroine - at least that is my description of a gothic novel!

Edie and her Mom, Meredith, have a tangled relationship. There are sections of Meredith's past life she refuses to share with Edie - and the strains of that taint everything. Then a letter arrives 50 years late, a letter from the end of WWII. It deeply affects Meredith - but she again refuses to let anyone in to that part of her life.

Edie, a co-publisher for a small literary company, finds herself lost in the edges of the English countryside and Milderhurst castle looms. Seeing the castle stirs an ancient memory of standing at the gates with her mother. But how could that be? When Edie asks her mum - she denies it.

That starts Edie on the quest to figure out what in the world is in her mom's past that so effects her. It seems to stem from Milderhurst castle and the old tale of the Mudman. On a historical tour she meets the three spinster sisters who inhabit the castle and is mistaken as her mother by one of the sisters.

And it is then that Morton begins the second tale of this book - one that slowly unravels the history of the sisters and the young girl, Meredith who they took care of during the Blitz. The reader finds out the secrets behind the withered women and their endless hold on the crumbling castle.

I really enjoyed this book. I love English novels and the depth of history woven into the stories. I also love the restraint of the characters - their hidden agendas and their commitment to peace and propriety. There is something refreshing, puzzling and foreign about that attitude. ( )
  kebets | Nov 1, 2014 |
I gave this book more than a 200 page chance and for the life of me could not get into it. The writing seemed very choppy, alternating between the past and present day. Also, I couldn't get invested in the characters; they were very uninteresting, lacked character development and in over 200 pages still couldn't understand where and what the story was leading. Disappointing, as I enjoyed some of her previous titles. ( )
  patrish | Jul 9, 2014 |
Showing 1-5 of 130 (next | show all)
Milderhurst Castle is as enchanting to the reader as it is to Edie and her mother but the cast is rarely quite as absorbing because Meredith, Juniper and Thomas are sketchily drawn.
En romantisk thriller og etterlengtet tredjebok fra forfatteren av Tilbake til Riverton og Den glemte hagen.
Et brev postet i 1941 når endelig sin mottaker i 1992, med store ringvirkninger for forlagsdirektøren Edie Burchill fra London.
I det forfalne Milderhurst Slott bor det aldrende tvillingparet Pesephone og Seraphina sammen med deres yngre halvsøster, Juniper. De tre eksentriske ugifte kvinnene er døtre av Raymond Blyte, forfatteren av The True History of the Mud Man, en barnebokklassiker som Edie elsker.
Edie, som senere blir invitert til å skrive et forord i et opptrykk av Raymonds mesterverk, besøker det sjarmerende slottet på jakt etter svar.
Hvorfor ble moren hennes så knust av innholdet i et brev sendt 51 år tidligere? Og hva hendte med soldaten Thomas Cavill, Junipers lenge savnede forlovede og Merediths tidligere lærer? Svaret vil overraske leserne.

» Add other authors (16 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kate Mortonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ayers, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Elisabet W. MiddelthonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kwan, LaywanCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, CarolineNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Möllemann, NorbertÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Middelthon, Elisabet W.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Snoijink, BobTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Hush. . . Can you hear him?
The Trees can.  They are the first to know that he is coming.
Listen! The trees of the deep, dark wood, shivering and jittering their leaves like papery hulls of beaten silver; the sly wind, snaking through their tops, whispering that soon it will begin.
The trees know, for they are old and they have seen it all before.
- "The True History of the Mud Man, Chapter 1"
For Kim Wilkins,

who encouraged me to start;


Davin Patterson,

who was with me to the last full stop
First words
Hush ... can you hear him?
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language
Information from the German Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Edie Burchill, an only child of respectable if dull parents, suddenly finds her life upside down when she receives a letter that should have been delivered fifty years earlier. This letter will send her on a journey into the past and the secrets hidden in the stones of Milderhurst. Edie and her mother have never been close, but when the long lost letter arrives with the return address of Milderhurst 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. Fifty years later, Edie too is drawn to Milderhurst and the eccentric Sisters Blythe. Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiance 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 Milderhurst 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...
Haiku summary
Edie discovers
Buried family secrets,
Mysteries galore.

No descriptions found.

(see all 2 descriptions)

A long-lost letter arriving at its destination fifty years after it was sent lures Edie Burchill to crumbling Milderhurst Castle, home of the three elderly Blythe sisters, where Edie's mother was sent to stay as a teenager during World War II.

(summary from another edition)

» see all 6 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
13 avail.
280 wanted
9 pay15 pay

Popular covers


Average: (3.84)
0.5 2
1 8
1.5 2
2 27
2.5 17
3 119
3.5 61
4 264
4.5 36
5 138


2 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Store | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 99,759,638 books! | Top bar: Always visible