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review 2019-11-15 23:22
The Distant Hours
The Distant Hours - Kate Morton

Well, that was without doubt the hardest-earned point for the Festive Tasks I've ever completed.

 

To be fair, the fact that I did get Percy's story in the end and that it did turn out in a way I had hoped, well, that made up for quite bit of the stupid purple prose, circular narration, bad plotting, and irritating main character.

 

However, it did not turn this into a good book.

Nor did my delight over Percy's story make me forget the lack of editing, ridiculous use of pretty much every trope there is, or the utterly pointless length of this book. It should have been cut by at least 250 pages.

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text 2019-11-15 21:38
Reading progress update: I've read 588 out of 670 pages.
The Distant Hours - Kate Morton

Whaaaaaaat?????

 

That's a preposterous entail.

 

Not to mention the other ridiculous revelations. And why isn't there more time spent on assessing the events surrounding Thomas? His disappearance was supposed to be the main mystery here, wasn't it?

 

Although, to be fair Morton has so much going on in this book that she probably lost track of which mystery we were trying to solve.

 

Much like she lost track of which fruits Juniper bought at the market earlier in the story. It was pears. Yet, pears turned into cherries a few pages later. (Btw, cherries were not in season at the time of the story's setting....pears would have made more sense. Gaaaah!)

 

Good grief, this book needed editing so badly.

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text 2019-11-15 20:19
Reading progress update: I've read 527 out of 670 pages.
The Distant Hours - Kate Morton

Bwaahahahahaaa!

 

I'll keep the spoilers to a minimum from here on but I'm convinced Morton is messing with us on purpose...to facilitate joyous games of "Tropeycal Bingo" amongst book clubs. 

 

Since my last update this morning, there are at least three more tropes to be ticked off the checklist...or called in the hypothetical bingo game.

 

 

- Love triangle

- King of the castle having an affair with the housekeeper

- Secret baby

(spoiler show)

 

 

I wonder what else Morton throws into the last 140 pages.

 

Also, from here on there is wine.

 

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text 2019-11-15 09:06
Reading progress update: I've read 496 out of 670 pages.
The Distant Hours - Kate Morton

I will be finishing the book tonight, then move on to a good one (I hope).

 

You know how I complained about not being interested in the wartime romance earlier in the book? Well, we're back to that part of the story.

And as if Morton heard me say "Do we really need this?", she now included a response to my question:

 

Meredith, Edie's mom, who is 13 or 14 in this part of the story, has - hold on to your hats - written a book. However, she's not happy with the result because 

"Her characters spoke too much and felt too little and didn't seem to know what they wanted from life."

Yes, I laughed at this because that perfectly describes The Distant Hours

 

So, this is where Morton adds the romance subplot in the guise of Meredith's editing her own work:

"Most importantly, there was something vital missing - an aspect of the heroine's existence, that she suddenly understood must be fleshed out. What a wonder she hadn't realized it before!

Love, of course. That's what her story needed. For it was love, wasn't it - the glorious lurching of a spring-loaded heart - that made the world go round?"

So at around 500 pages into the book Morton, just like Edie, fleshes out one of the main subplots as an afterthought. And it is a major subplot because the whole mystery of why Tom disappeared and Juniper went mad seems to be built on the love story. Tho, I still hope that this is a red herring and that Tom just walked out because he could not be bothered with all the drama.

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text 2019-11-14 22:39
Reading progress update: I've read 477 out of 670 pages.
The Distant Hours - Kate Morton

The end is in sight! Only just short of the length of a normal book to go!

 

Surely, Morton should be warming up to a conclusion now, but no...

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