Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon
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 Milderhurst Castle with the Blythe family: Juniper, her twin sisters and their father, Raymond, author of the 1918 children’s classic The True History of the Mud Man.
In the grand and glorious Milderhurst Castle, a new world opens up for Edie’s mother. She discovers the joys of books and fantasy and writing, but also, ultimately, the dangers.
Fifty years later, as Edie chases the answers to her mother’s riddle, she, too, is drawn to Milderhurst Castle and the eccentric Sisters Blythe.
Old ladies now, the three still live together, the twins nursing Juniper, whose abandonment by her fiancé 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.
If you'd like to hear Kate talk about The Distant Hours you can do so here; alternatively, to watch the incredibly beautiful trailer made by the madly talented Andersen M Studio in London, take a gander here.