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The Lost Hours

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Read Karen White's posts on the Penguin Blog.

The award-winning author of The Memory of Water delivers a gripping tale of family, fate, and forgiveness.

When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched.

Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her ...

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Overview

Read Karen White's posts on the Penguin Blog.

The award-winning author of The Memory of Water delivers a gripping tale of family, fate, and forgiveness.

When Piper Mills was twelve, she helped her grandfather bury a box that belonged to her grandmother in the backyard. For twelve years, it remained untouched.

Now a near fatal riding accident has shattered Piper’s dreams of Olympic glory. After her grandfather’s death, she inherits the house and all its secrets, including a key to a room that doesn’t exist—or does it? And after her grandmother is sent away to a nursing home, she remembers the box buried in the backyard. In it are torn pages from a scrapbook, a charm necklace—and a newspaper article from 1939 about the body of an infant found floating in the Savannah River. The necklace’s charms tell the story of three friends during the 1930s— each charm added during the three months each friend had the necklace and recorded her life in the scrapbook. Piper always dismissed her grandmother as not having had a story to tell. And now, too late, Piper finds she might have been wrong.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451226495
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/7/2009
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 171,960
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen White

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including another RITA, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and in 2008 won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Learning to Breathe.

Karen currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston. Her tenth novel, The Lost Hours, will be released in trade paperback by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, in April 2009.

Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenaged children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, playing piano, chauffeuring children and avoiding cooking.

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

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    So moving and poignant!

    Piper Mill's search for answers to her long time questions leads to exciting, mysterious clues to family secrets. Karen's books stick with you! I highly recommend!

    A few more that STICK with you are THE HELP, EXPLOSION IN PARIS and SAME KIND OF DIFFERENT AS ME...When you finish these books you walk away with a glow....

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    Is it too late to learn about her grandmother?

    Piper Mills has been raised by her grandparents since the age of six, when her parents were killed in a car crash. A crash that she walked away from. She goes on with her life, believing that she will be free from tragedy. Living in Savannah, her grandparents encourage her to become an equestrian. On the eve of realizing her dream of going to the Olympics, Piper takes a fall off her horse that almost kills her. Her broken bones heal, leaving her with a limp, but her broken spirit does not.

    All Piper remembers of her grandmother is a woman in the background, with no spirit, no opinions, no life. She has been in a nursing home due to Alzheimer's for years. When Piper's granddaddy dies, she is give clues that lead her to believe there is more to her grandmother's story. Sadly, her grandmother dies before she can learn what that might be.

    Armed with a tin box full of scrapbook pages, a key to a hidden room, an angel charm, and a knitted blue baby sweater and blanket, Piper sets off to discover the grandmother she never knew. Along the way, maybe she will reawaken the Piper that has been sleeping for so long.

    This was my first Karen White book, though The House on Tradd Street has been on my TBR list for awhile. I really, truly enjoyed this book. It was so easy to become immersed in the story and to visualize Asphodel Meadows and Savannah.



    Gripping the wheel tightly, I angled the car and turned, finding myself suddenly enveloped in the canopy of an ancient live oak alley. I stopped the car, looking at the old trees that barely resembled the live oaks of Savannah's squares despite the generous shawls of Spanish moss. These trees were darkened and withered, despite enough leaves to show that they were alive. But the limbs were bent and gnarled, the knobs at the forks like the bent shoulders of mourners at a funeral.(p54)

    Ms. White combines tragedy, family, mystery and a touch of romance for a heartwarming story that life does go on.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    Absolutely Loved This Book!

    I would definitely recommend this book to women of almost all ages! I really enjoyed it! It started off just a smidgen slow at first but picked up pretty quick. I thought I knew what the story was from the beginning (very predictable) but I was very pleasantly surprised to be wrong. After the book was over I still wanted to read more! One of my top 5 books now! You can't go wrong with this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    The Lost Hours hits a home run

    In Karen White's latest novel The Lost Hours she gives us another sampling of her excellent storytelling where her imagery vivid dialogue makes her words come alive for us in full tecchnicolor glory. She tells a unique tale of the South with characters that are as damaged as they are salvageable and very human. As always there's a story within a story, and a compelling and heartbreaking mystery to solve. The story will leave you with that warm cozy feeling you get with a hot cocoa on a cold winter's day or a bouquet of spring flowers. This novel will appeal to lovers of Southern literature, drama, romance or just fans of incredibly talented writers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

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    Readers will enjoy this deep Savannah River family drama.

    The riding accident that almost killed her and left her parents' dead mentally buried Piper Mills as her dream of riding in the Olympics was crushed that day. Though she mostly ran from her major disappointment and fantasized re her the deaths of her parents, she never fully moved on.

    Following the recent death of her beloved grandfather, she inherits the farm; her grandmother died earlier in a nursing home having suffered from Alzheimer's. Strange notes from her grandma via their lawyer Mr. Morton remind Piper that as a preadolescent twelve years ago she buried a box in the garden with her grandfather. She digs up the box that contains stuff belonging to her grandma like a 1920-1930s journal, newspaper article about a dead infant, and a necklace with a charming story of its own. She begins to seek out those still alive mentioned in the journal to learn who her grandmother was.

    This is an interesting look at family as Piper is elated to learn her grandma's story while alos feeling a bit remorseful she made no efforts to do so when her grandma lived; in fairness she was too young to appreciate mortality. The story line is character driven as Piper learns the meaning of forgiving (including herself) from the journal and her grandma's friends who are still living. Readers will enjoy this deep Savannah River family drama.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

    Loved this book!

    Just a great all around read! Best book I've read in a long time!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2009

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    You will put this down only when your eyes cry for sleep!

    Once again Karen White captures you within the first few pages. She has a way of relating her characters in words that are visualized easily in your mind. The story makes you think about your own family history and sets you wondering about all those missing pieces we all seem not to have, or the secrets only hinted about but never revealed. I wonder how far I would go to find them, if I were brave enough. Bravo, Karen! I look forward to your next book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2009

    Great Book

    Enjoyed reading this book and The House on Tradd Street. The Lost Hours was easy to read and get involved with the characters of the story. The book was a relaxing book to read and especially enjoyed the description of the setting and town of Savannah.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    A Fascinating Tale

    This is just the type of novel I enjoy. The characters were believable, likeable but flawed. I enjoyed learning about Piper's grandmother's mysterious past and the underlying message that most people are probably more complex than we realize. I would definitely recommend this book - hard to put down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Great Book by a Great Author!

    I have read all of Karen White's books and loved each of them!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    Deep characters, deep plot.

    I loved the writing style of Karen White in this novel. She switches from forst person to third with the ease of a master. Allowing the reader to experience the story from many angles. Her descriptive abilities allowed me to step into the south with all senses.
    The plot kept me guessing and intrigued, until the very end.
    Bravo, Karen!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    Lost Hours

    Another Karen White hit! Highly recommend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    The Lost Hours - not lost at all

    Well written with interesting characters. I felt that it would have been nice if everyone had been more honest with each other, but wait! there wouldn't have been a story if they had been!! The plot was rather original and engaging. My book club had mixed opinions and most really enjoyed it while a few were not as much so, but on the whole it got thumbs up and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I reccommend it to anyone who enjoys the messiness of human emotions and family relationships. A very good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2009

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    Good book... especially for the hobby equestrian

    Very nice, entertaining read with likable characters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    Pulls you along for a great story about secrets...,

    *NO SPOILERS*

    The mystery of the family secrets carries you along in this book.
    I kept feeling compelled to read it in order to know the "big" secret.
    It was like being pulled along (like a river).
    The ending was very emotional for me to read.
    I was crying my eyes out the last 2-3 chapters when what the "lost hours" actually were were final revealed.
    Wonderful title for the book that until the end you do not know why it was called "The Lost Hours".
    Very good read that I am glad I put the "hours" in to read. They were not "lost hours".
    I have also read Karen White's The House on Tradd Steet. A wonderful book that is to be a series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Good Reading

    Karen White writes wonderful books. She is a story teller

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Good Read

    I did like rhis book and i do like author's writing but i got half way through and knew the secrets. So the remainder of my read was to see if i was right, and i was. But this is good writing and i liked the characters. I recommend this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Good Read

    I like how Karen White writes you can picture the charactors
    in your mind by how she decribes everything. This story was
    good and it kept you wanting to keep reading to see what was
    going to happen next. I would recommend this to anyone who wants
    something light to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Eh...  dull  

    Eh...  dull  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Great read

    I love this book and did i mention i love it? Emma

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