• Mother didn't understand that children aren't frightened by stories; that their lives are full of far more frightening things than those contained in fairy tales

    Kate Morton
  • It was the sibling thing, I suppose. I was fascinated by the intricate tangle of love and duty and resentment that tied them together. The glances they exchanged; the complicated balance of power established over decades; the games I would never play with rules I would never fully understand. And perhaps that was key: they were such a natural group that they made me feel remarkably singular by comparison. To watch them together was to know strongly, painfully, all that I'd been missing

    Kate Morton
  • Even the most pragmatic person fell victim at times to a longing for something other

    Kate Morton
  • The world was an awfully large place and it wasn't easy to find a person who'd gone missing sixty years earlier, even if that person was oneself

    Kate Morton
  • Hope, how she had grown to hate the word. It was an insideious seed planted inside a person's soul, surviving covertly on little tending, then flowering so spectacularly that none could help but cherish it

    Kate Morton
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