There are parts of the The Distant Hours so far that I really like (otherwise this would have been a DNF by now...) such as some of the characters. Well, Percy. I want to know Percy's story. I have no interest whatsoever in whatever war time romance the part of the book I'm at right now is dealing with.
I also want to know if there is more to the story of the library burning down, and why Edie's mother lost contact with the sisters.
There really are lots of angles of interest, but they are heavily dragged down by the writing, especially the descriptions of minute details that add nothing to the story.
And what is it with authors referring to scenes of bird life to add in deep metaphorical content at the most inappropriate points? The Amber Keeper did that and it annoyed the c**p out of me there, too.