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Ariadne
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Post by Ariadne » Fri July 1st, 2011, 12:13 am

[quote=""Veronica""]Has anyone read Kate's latest book? I've recently bought it as I like her other books but it seem to have received a lot of bad reviews on Amazon and my friend said after 100 pages that it's pretty slow. Any comments?[/quote]

Well, I for one loved it - it was my favorite book of 2010 by far. I love her writing style and 600 pages of it wasn't enough. By the end I was taking breaks just to make it last that little bit longer. The last 100 pages are outstanding.

I read Forgotten Garden not long afterward and could see why readers felt Distant Hours was somewhat derivative - there were repeating themes - but I'll still be first in line when her next one comes out.

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Post by Vanessa » Fri July 1st, 2011, 8:44 am

I've heard nothing but good things about it from people I know who've read it, but there are some unfavourable reviews on Amazon.
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Post by Madeleine » Wed September 14th, 2011, 11:59 am

Well I finished The Distant Hours the other night, and have to say it was a huge disappointmet, it's not a bad book and quite a good story - although very derivative of Jane Eyre and the much more recent The Thirteenth Tale - but it's so slow! Sorry Ariadne but 600 pages was way too long for me, I kept taking breaks as I was so bored and couldn't face more and more pages of words - interesting to notice that she talks about words and writing quite a bit in the book - which didn't seem to go anywhere. There are a few good reveals at the end, but by then I didn't really care, I just wanted to finish it. A shame as I loved House at Riverton and have TFG on my tbr stack, but I felt it could have been cut by about 200 pages and been much better.
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Post by Brenna » Wed September 14th, 2011, 12:54 pm

Awwww I'm sorry you didn't like it as she is one of my favorite authors. By far my favorite is The Forgotten Garden. Try it when you have a chance!
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Post by Madeleine » Wed September 14th, 2011, 1:18 pm

I hope TFG is more like HatR than the Distant Hours, I'm almost afraid to read it now although I've heard good things about it!
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Post by Brenna » Wed September 14th, 2011, 3:24 pm

In my opinion, it's way better than both! I read TFG first and was disappointed by the other two because I loved TFG so much!!
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Post by Vanessa » Wed September 14th, 2011, 4:41 pm

I loved both The House at Riverton and The Forgotten Garden. I'm planning to read The Distant Hours after my current read. I quite like a slow read, though, as long as the story interests me, so it probably won't bother me if it's a bit meandering!
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Post by rebecca » Thu September 15th, 2011, 4:39 am

Oh man!! I have heard so much about Kate Morton and thought I'd give her a read and orderd 'The Distant Hours' on Amazon...Oh well if I don't like the book then I'll try 'The Forgotten Garden' and if that doesn't grab me, I wont be buying anymore. :D

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Post by EC2 » Thu September 15th, 2011, 9:53 am

I was often bored and ultimately unconvinced by The House at Riverton and just about managed to finish it. I'm not that keen to read another, but if I do, I will borrow from the library.
Les proz e les vassals
Souvent entre piez de chevals
Kar ja li coard n’I chasront

'The Brave and the valiant
Are always to be found between the hooves of horses
For never will cowards fall down there.'

Histoire de Guillaume le Mareschal

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Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Mon September 26th, 2011, 7:21 pm

I've just finished The Distant Hours and I loved it. I thought it was written very atmospherically and the characters were well drawn. I loved all the little coincidences and connections throughout the story. I wanted to keep turning the pages and I was sad when I finished it - it was quite a sad tale after all! I didn't find it slow at all.
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