> The distant hours

I'm an italian girl and the title in Italy is " Una lontana follia" and I have to say that I prefer the original title.
I don't speak English very well so I can only say that I love all your books!!!
When I read them I go to another world and it is so beautiful that i would like that the book doesn't finish.
Please don't stop to write never!!!!!!!
July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarta
I have a question about the Distant Hour. I don't know how to get in touch with Kate Morton. Is this how I do it? I am confused about the ending of the Distant Hour. Saffy killed Tom because she thought he was the Mud Man looking at her through the window. Well why did Juniper have blood all over her? I am confused. Thank you
August 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterA Question
I answered this for someone else who was confused, the other day. There is a short chapter, near the end of the book, that talks about the reasons why Tom dies. It also tell how a baby was born, by the side of a bus, in a blackout, during a storm. The mother-to-be thinks she is sure to lose her baby, when an angel appears and helps deliver it. the story gets passed down through generations of her family. Although no one ever knows, and the narrative never actually names her, the angel is Juniper.

Hope this helps :-)
August 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudith
On page 556 of 'The Distant Hours' it states how an 'angel' (Juniper) helps deliver a baby and that now the story is told to the family and shared even through the decades. Who was the baby Juniper helped deliver? Or does the baby not have a link to a character earlier on in the story?...
September 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAri
I thought the blood was Tom's, because he sees her face floating above him before he dies...she comes into the house confused. Did she see him laying in the mud dying??? Such a sad story....I loved every minute!
September 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkym
I actually wondered the same thing about the baby and whether or not he was mentioned elsewhere in the story in Edie's life. Thinking about the story again though, I can't make a connection anywhere. Perhaps the baby's birth was just a side story to explain the blood on Juniper's clothes and wasn't connected in any way to the rest of the story.
January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
Ich seh das auch so. Die Geburt des Babys hat mit der eigentlichen Handlung des Buches gar nichts zu tun. Sie sit einfach die Erklärung, warum das Blut auf das Kleid von Juniper kam. Vorher kam nichts über das Baby, weil es ja mit der eigentlichen Handlung nichts zu tun hat
January 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGabi
I loved the first two books but The Distant Hour did not hold my interest as much as the others. I agree with others who found last few chapters a bit confusing. Decided that the reader could make their own conclusions if not sure what the author meant. Found the last part of the book more interesting but it is definitely not my favorite which is The Forgotten Garden.
February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPat
I really enjoy Ms. Morton's books, I have not yet read the first book she published, but I enjoy so much the wonderful connections between the past and the present - I am always fascinated by these in real life. How the actions of our ancestors and the choices that they made effect us today and can both help or hinder us in growing as human beings. It did take me longer to read The distant Hours than it did the Forgotten Garden, but the story drew me in and the ending was very satisfying to me.
March 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAli
Just read The Distant Hours over the weekend and thought it was FANTASTIC. Librarian recommended it to me and I am definately going to recommend it to others.
March 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLyn
I have just finished a reading of your Distant Hours book. It so reminds me of my as-yet-unpublished works that it is uncanny. I have always been a believer of dreams and their importance. I am a writer too. Your book was amazing. Words don't really work here. What a story! I left my own writing behind as I read your book and couldn't put it down, in spite of my husband's warnings - "KerryAnn, put it down and get some sleep for God's sake!" What a beautiful set of sub-plots and character development - my memories of my own fears and nightmares were brought to light by your beautiful imagination. Thank you for your work and making the unseemly be real. Love, KerryAnn Byrd
March 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerryAnn Byrd
Thank you Kate for another great book - The Distant Hours. I Ioved every twist and turn of the plot and couldn't put it down! How long do your avid readers have to wait to find out about "Dolly and the Blitz?
Sincerely Therese
March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTherese
Each new book is a new world to get lost in; worlds so unique and interesting that it’s heartbreaking to have to leave them when you come to the last page. Stories about tragedy, loneliness, happiness, secrets…
I have always been fascinated by the world of books, since before I could even read. My grandparents’ house is full of books. Every room as a shelf filled with books, books, books. My mother even wrote her own stories when she was younger. My father and his mother also loved books…
The gifts that I receive are mostly books. And for Christmas my grandmother gave me ‘The Distant Hours’. The moment I started reading the first page, I became a part of Edith’s world and I couldn’t put the book down. The story captured me, entranced me. I always kept the book near. The story touched the reader in me deeply. I was anticipating, and dreading, the end. I was so excited to find out what happened on the stormy night of 1941, but I also didn’t want it to end yet.
It’s an amazing story. One that I’m going to treasure and love always. I already know what I’m dying to read next, ‘The Forgotten Garden’ and all the other stories you have written.
March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSophia
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I just discovered your books Kate. I read Distant Hours and loved it. Now I am 2/3 through The House at Riverton ... and have The Forgotten
Garden to start when I finish this book. I love your stories... the settings... everything about them. Thank you and keep on writing... I can
read them much faster than you write them!!! lol lol...
April 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy Hammond
Re- the end of the Distant Hours- I found the end of the book very disturbing- frankly a bit manipulative. (Why do sweet women in Kate Morton's books- always seem to have lethal items at hand at the very moment a dangerous/ unsuspecting male comes along?) If the reason that Juniper is covered in - so much blood is due to the fact that she angelically delivers a baby for a stranger on a bus- perhaps the nicest and happiest thing a person can do - why is she moaning about theTerrible thing that she did throughout the years in the book after she has gone "mad"? I really enjoyed reading and listening to this book ( switching from the book to the book on CD while driving) until the end. Too many extreme and silly things happen all at once that fateful night- who climbs up a window to reach a window ledge at the home of one's future, but unknown sisters- in law etc..
June 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiriam
When Juniper loses time, what are you really saying, she has multiple personality or am I reading too much into it since I'm in the medical field? The 3 sisters have mental illness, depression and guilt in their family, what mental illness are you referring to? I am going to start to re-read the book again starting tonight. I have really enjoyed Morton's books.
July 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
I'm going to have to defend Kate's writing and direction she takes in this book. For one, the reason Saphy so easily finds the wrench at her disposal when she, in a dream state that she believes the mud man is outside the window, bashes poor Tom upside the head is of course because of the stubborn shutter that they must keep fixing due to the blackout rules... I thought that was obvious but maybe not. As far as the illness the sister's suffered from I believe the loss of time wasn't referring to split personality but blackouts... loss of time... due to all of the extreme circumstances they suffered through since childhood, namely because of their father, the minds ability to flip the switch when triggers happen that try to bring up horrible events that we can't handle, would be like pressing the pause button during a movie. The movie is still there and has the ability to keep playing, and time and life around that pause still go on, but the movie is stopped with no knowing of when it will or can be played again. Hope that helped. Maybe not. Maybe I just needed to put it out there for myself to understand. I did find myself on this site for the specific question of who the baby was the Juniper delivered though. So maybe it was just random. That may be the only part of this book I didn't think quite fit. And as for any of you that haven't read The Forgotten Garden.. your life will be at a loss without it if you are an avid reader. It truly changed my heart. One of the best books I've ever had the privilege of reading, by far!
September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
To the above lady mentioned Miriam ... The reason Juniper keeps mentioning "the terrible thing she did" is because she believes she killed Tom
Remember she woke up to see Percy digging and at one point Percy met her gaze and Jumiper knew she did something to Tom(that's how she felt anyways bc she couldn't remember delivering the baby; hence the blackout). So her sisters never probably never clarified to Jjunioer that she did or didn't kill Tom(this I don't know). But remember Junioer said that when she store at the window that her daddy always said they were alike(I'm assuming bc they would go mad and kill the ones they loved by accident). So that's another reason Why Juniper thought she kied Tim her whole life and referee to it as the terrible thing bc she didn't remember delivering a baby! Hope this helps!
January 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey