“For it is said, you know, that a letter will always seek a reader; that sooner or later, like it or not, words have a way of finding the light, of making their secrets known,” reads Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author Kate Morton one evening, from her third novel The Distant Hours. And that is how this tale of loss and love and mystery starts – with a missing letter finding its way home.
The letter, addressed to Meredith Baker was delivered 50 years after it was sent. Her daughter, Edie, surprised by her mother’s emotional reaction decides to investigate, leading her to the ancient Milderhurst Castle in Kent where evacuee Meredith lived with the author Raymond Blythe and his three daughters, twins Percy and Saffy, and the youngest, Juniper. Though Raymond is long dead, his daughters are very much alive and little by little, Edie discovers the secrets lurking in the castle.