Die fernen Stunden: Roman by Kate Morton

Die fernen Stunden: Roman

byKate Morton, Charlotte Breuer

Kobo ebook | December 21, 2010 | German

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Ein geheimnisvoller Brief, ein verfallenes Schloss, eine unerfüllte Liebe



Es beginnt mit einem verloren geglaubten Brief. Ein halbes Jahrhundert hat er darauf gewartet, gelesen zu werden. Die Suche nach dem Absender führt die junge Edie nach Milderhurst Castle, wo seit Jahrzehnten die exzentrischen Blythe-Schwestern leben. Als Edie das verfallene Schloss betritt, beginnt sie zu ahnen, dass hinter den alten Mauern der Schlüssel zur rätselhaften Vergangenheit ihrer Mutter liegt.

London 1939: Als die ersten Bomben auf die Stadt fallen, befindet sich die zwölfjährige Meredith mit einer Gruppe evakuierter Kinder auf dem Weg nach Kent, wo sie Zuflucht bei einer fremden Familie findet. Staunend und eingeschüchtert zieht sie auf das herrschaftliche Milderhurt Castle, wo die siebzehnjährige Juniper mit ihren Zwillingsschwestern und ihrem Vater, dem bekannten Schriftsteller Raymond Blythe, lebt. Sie taucht ein in eine Welt der Geschichten und der Fantasie — bis etwas geschieht, das das Leben des Mädchens für immer verändert. Nie ist sie nach Milderhurst zurückgekehrt, doch das Auftauchen eines lange verschollenen Postsacks führt ihre Tochter Edie auf die Spur einer geheimnisvollen Vergangenheit. Innerhalb der düsteren Gemäuer kommt mehr ans Licht, als Edie sich je hätte vorstellen können. Damals geriet auch die Welt der jungen Juniper Blythe aus den Angeln, doch vielleicht ist es noch nicht zu spät, Vergangenheit und Gegenwart miteinander zu versöhnen.

Wieder erschafft Kate Morton eine Welt voller Zauber und Geheimnisse, die einen bis zur letzten Seite fesselt.

Title:Die fernen Stunden: RomanFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 21, 2010Publisher:E-Books der Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbHLanguage:German

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read Lots of twists. You have to keep reading to the end to find out what really happened.
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read Lots of twists. You have to keep reading to the end to find out what really happened.
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read Great book. Kate Morton is a captivating writer. This is classically a bit spooky. Enjoy!
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Morton - if you enjoy historical fiction, this is a good choice. If you enjoyed Kate Morton’s other novels, you will definitely enjoy the Distant Hours. Morton has a great ability to allow the reader to connect with her characters. In this novel, she accomplishes this again, and more. I have read all of Morton’s books to date. I found this particular book a little more difficult to get into than the others. I would say that she started this book a bit more slowly than her other works. We are relatively quickly brought on a tour of a great old house and introduced to the crucial characters soon enough. However for some reason, I found my interest in what made this house special, or the people within it special was not grabbed quickly enough. Once I had the time to sit down for an extended period to read, I found myself immersed in the story. This story is also similar to Morton’s other books, in that the story was equally as fascinating as the characters she had created. The reader wants to know what, why and how circumstances occurred as they did. And Morton does not disappoint. Her writing and descriptions not only allow the reader to feel what she wishes us to feel, but also to see, hear and smell as well. Her descriptions are really great and though at times, I wished she might not have spent quite so much time describing a setting – this is not a criticism, because I knew the reason for my impatience, was because I wanted to know what happens next. Definitely a must-read for Morton fans.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another good read! Now what will I read next ...
Date published: 2013-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An Okay Castle Story I would probably never have read this book if it weren't the one chosen for my book club's February selection. While I did enjoy this story there were a lot of times that I felt annoyed that one event in the lives of the three sisters should have such an affect on their entire lives. It seems as though they were so immersed in living within the castle that they forgot life was out there and for me this made the entire story a bit too confining. I was also a bit disappointed with the ending of the book...it just seemed to fall flat and leave me unsatisfied and wanting more. I also feel that Morton sometimes gives too much information using too many words when it might have given more to the book if the reader could figure out a few things for themselves with less prompting.
Date published: 2012-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars I wasn't sure whether I wanted to give this book 3.5 stars or 4 stars. I was torn. This book was about a young Edith Burchill who found out that her mother had a secret past and lived in a castle at Midlehurt when she was younger. Three sisters lived there; Persephonie (Percy), Serafine (Saffy) and Juniper. The two oldest twin sisters dedicaded their life to protecting their younger sister who experienced a traumatic experience when she was younger that she had never recovered from. Percy, the eldest, kept her secret until the end when she told Edith what truly happened. The book was beautifully written and the build up was wonderful. I loved learning about The Mud Man and the Blythe sisters but... I don't know. Im not sure if there was too much information it in or just the fact the end was prolongued. The last chapter of the book was so sought after that I felt a little disappointed at the simple ending it had. It seemed reasonable enough but I needed more than that. Either way, I still loved it since Kate Morton wrote it and I love all her stories. The read was enjoyable and I could easily get lost in her incredibly descripted scenarios, but there was never an urgency to pick up the book and that is why it took me so long to read.
Date published: 2012-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth Reading Kate Morton's books are a great way to pass a few hours and The Distant Hours is no exception. It kept me engrossed and is definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really great While I can agree with some of the other reviews, this book did lag a bit overall compared to Kate's other novels (felt like it took a bit of time to get through ) but once I got to the end the book was filled with the sudden twists that I have come to love about Kates writing. check them all out. Happy reading :)
Date published: 2011-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wanted To Love It Kate Morton gives us another Gothic themed novel, intertwining the past and the present, to establish several story lines within the one. In 1991, Edie Burchill, an editor in London stumbles upon information, via a letter that is 51 years late..this information introduces her to a secret her mother has kept, but curiosity spikes her interest, and brings her to Milderhurst Castle where 3 spinster sisters still live. She wonders what on earth does her mother have to do with Millderhurst Castle or these sisters? We are transported back and forth in time, with family mysteries, secrets ,dynamics, sinister characters and eerie settings, which in some areas of the story are more effective than others. The first part of this book was extremely slow, relying very much on atmospheric descriptions, and very little on adding suspense to the plot. At times I was not sure where the plot was going . I felt this book (as compared to Kate Morton's previous 2 ) lacked the intrigue & suspense that grabs you right in the beginning. In my opinion, it was not up until the last half of the novel that it really picked up.Then and only then was my interest peaked. I would recommend "The Forgotten Garden" if you haven't read any of Kate Morton's work, that is her best. This was a good story, only if it was more tightly edited.
Date published: 2011-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Think "Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier" Very similar to The Forgotten Garden, but with a much more British feel to it. A great read for those rainy afternoons, you will find this story of three sisters with a secret dating back to WWII to be engaging.
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not as good as Morton's others I loved Morton's other two books and this one was a bit disappointing. She writes beautifully but I didn't connect with the characters and wasn't as drawn into the plot as I was with her others. I found the book very slow and tedious at points.
Date published: 2011-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ANother great novel... I must say that Morton's writing style is fabulous and the story itself is intriging! I have read three of her books and they have all been wonderful- I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Date published: 2011-01-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Brilliant, Yet Flawed I've often found that if an ending lets you down, it doesn't matter how brilliantly the rest of the book is written. Ms Morgan has crafted a book which delights the lover of words at every turn. However, as the book comes to a close and all the mysteries are revealed, only the reader is let in on the secrets. The main character is left not knowing the whole story. This disappointed me as I was identifying myself with that character. The final twist in the story was an indulgence that the writer could have left out. I felt as I turned to the last few chapters that somehow I had missed a chapter or two--almost as if the editors had required Ms Morgan to shorten the book. I'm going to buy her other books because she is a wonderful writer capable of amazing and startling imagry. I have hope that I will have deeper satisfaction in her other works.
Date published: 2010-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Gothic atmospheric read.... A letter, lost for 50 years, finally arrives at the home of Meredith Burchill. Her daughter Edie is there when she opens it. Her Mum's reactions startles her - "... horrid, guttural gasp, followed quickly by a series of rasping sobs". Yet her mother won't discuss the letter any further other than to stay it was from one of the Blythe sisters at Milderhurst Castle, where she lived as an evacuee during the blitzes of 1941war torn England. When a business trip for her publishing firm takes Edie within a few miles of the castle, she impulsively stops by the gates. And remembers being there as a child. The three elderly Blythe sister are still in residence and welcome Edie. After all "The castle likes to be visited, it needs it." Edie becomes fascinated with the moldering castle and it's residents - both past and present. What connection does her mother have to these women and the past? Although one of the Blythe sisters says " My family lives on in the stones of Milderhurst Castle and it's my duty to keep them. It's not a task for outsiders", they specifically ask for Edie when a new edition of their father's classic bestseller 'The Mud Man' is planned. Edie accepts the job and is inextricably drawn in. The story alternates between Edie's world in 1992 and the past in 1941. Slowly and deliciously we are able to piece together the story of the castle and the tragedy that haunts the Blythe family. The past comes to light, but is told through many voices, each adding their slant and twist on the way to the truth of those distant hours. Morton has written a richly atmospheric novel with a lovely, gothic feel that just makes you want to curl up late at night reading under a single lamp in the dark. The story builds slowly, with layer upon layer added as the tension builds over the course of 500 plus pages. Morton's descriptions add to the eeriness and the atmosphere. "In a small cupboard at the very top of the house there lies a secret doorway. Behind the doorway is the entrance to an entire scheme of hidden passages. It's possible to crawl along them, room to room, attic to cellar, just like a little mouse. If one goes quietly enough, it's possible to hear all manner of secret things; to get lost inside if one isn't careful. They're the castle's veins." I loved this description of the sky. " Outside, the sky grumbled like a full stomach, the gluttonous belly of a gentleman who'd escaped the frugalities of a rationed pantry." Morton is an excellent storyteller. Although there is no 'action' in the book, I was completely caught up in the story of the 'Sisters Blythe'. Tragedy, romance, mystery and secrets abound in The Distant Hours - a book to be savoured and enjoyed.
Date published: 2010-11-08