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Angel Falls: A Novel Kindle Edition

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Nestled into the hills of the Northern Cascade Mountains in Washington state, Liam and Mike (Michaela) Campbell have a picture-perfect marriage and family. While Liam enjoys the comforts of being a small-town doctor with an old family name, Mike cares for their two children and her beloved horses. But when a horrible accident leaves Mike in a coma, Liam frantically searches for a way to ignite her memories and awaken her. What he discovers makes him question the foundations of their love, as Mike has a secret past as "Kayla" and a previous marriage to her first love, Julian True. Though still in a coma, Mike responds to these stories. Liam knows he must contact Julian, and gamble his future on the past memories of a woman whose true identity and feelings are unknown to him.

Kristin Hannah's talent for writing poignant tales of duty, passion, identity and family bonds made last year's On Mystic Lake a bestseller, and will certainly rake in the fans this time. (Imagine Danielle Steel without the Gucci bags or aging corporate CEOs.) While the majority of the novel has our heroine knocked out on a hospital gurney, Hannah makes valiant efforts to bring Mike's character to life, and Liam's enduring love should keep you rooting for him and reaching for the hanky. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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Set amid the splendor of Washington State's North Cascade mountain range, Hannah's latest (after On Mystic Lake) borrows elements from soap opera, the silver screen and fairy tales to make a simple statement about the complications of love. Dr. Liam Campbell is devastated when his beloved wife, Mikaela, mother of two, suffers a horse-jumping injury that leaves her in a coma. His confusion escalates when he learns the identity of Mikaela's first husband: world-famous movie star Julian True. The biggest shock: True's is the only name she responds to. Liam senses that his Sleeping Beauty needs love to wake her up, but whose? Given the depth of his feelings for her, will he be brave enough to summon True for help, and so risk losing Mikaela forever in order to save her life? Scenes reminiscent of Kramer vs. Kramer occur where Liam tries to be mom to their nine-year-old son; the suds world takes over when Mikaela finally wakes, but with retrograde amnesia, thinking she's still married to True and with no memory of Liam; and It's a Wonderful Life brings the curtain down. In keeping with the popular convention of giving voice to spirituality, the novel employs religious overtones, which will please some readers while leaving others feeling molested by an angel. Mikaela and Liam are sweet characters, even relentlessly good ones, so many will find them likable even as they float smoothly toward an easy conclusion. 125,000 first printing. (Apr.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3715 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (June 10 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003QTDHWA
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The plotline of this book is built totally on the premise that an educated medical doctor, Liam, meets and marries a newly divorced nurse, Mikaela (Mike)--a single mother--without having any knowledge of her or her previous husband's names, identities or circumstances. His new wife does not disclose any information about her previous life (as Kayla) and incredibly has concealed for ten years the identity of her first husband, Julian, not only to Liam but also to their daughter, Jacey (Juliana), as well as to the son, Bret (Bretser), she shares with Liam. Her mother, Rosa, is also complicit in having maintained the veil of secrecy. Divorce proceedings, surname changes (for herself and her daughter), wedding pictures, family photos and videos, past relationships with friends, places she lived, have all successfully been concealed. All this in spite of the fact that Liam has the means and ability to investigate and find answers, or demand the truth from Mikaela, but never does. How placidly spineless is that?

Obviously Kristin Hannah, the author, assumed that her readers will accept this unlikely scenario as a credible basis for her novel. This is a prime example of how a writer relies on an improbable premise to construct a fictional but true-to-life scenario, hoping that her devoted readers will overlook the flimsiness of her rationale. The second failing of this novel has to do with how Mikaela wakes up from a month long coma to at first only selectively remember events from fifteen years ago. But within a couple of days--miraculously--she overcomes most of her amnesia and can recall recent events and recognize and love Liam and Bret. In real life the victims of such severe amnesia do not experience recoveries within such a short time frame.
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Mikaela Campbell, beloved wife and mom of two, lies in a coma. It is now up to her husband, Liam, to hold the fort together, to care for their grieving, and frightened children. Doctors have told Liam not to expect a miracle recovery, but he maintains hope that love can accomplish what medical science cannot. Day after day he sits by her bedside, holding her hand, telling her the stories of their life together.
Then he discovers evidence of his wife's secret past-a long hidden first marriage to international movie star Julian True. Liam's search leads him to a painful, inescapeable truth: Julian was more than simply Mikaela's first husband. He was the love of her life.
Mikaela responds to julian's name; it is only a blink, nothing more, but it convinces Liam that Julian may be the only person who can bring her back to life. But at what cost? Does Liam love his wife enough to risk losing her to a man no woman can resist?
I enjoyed the book a lot. I found it very engrossing all the way through!
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By A Customer on Dec 5 2001
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This is one Latino lady that after reading the posted reviews found it interesting that not one of these mentioned the Mexican heritage of the heroine, Mike. Mike's poverty and background is pertinent to the storyline, but maybe other reviewers were trying to be politically correct in not mentioning this aspect of Mike's mixed heritage. I only mention the fact because of the heroines name, and to the extent that we are presented with several variations of her given name Mikaela (Mike and Kayla) as her nicknames. The name in Spanish, incidently, is spelled Micaela, no "k" in it. I found it distracting that there were several errors in the Spanish spoken by Rosa, Mike's mom. The most obvious of these was "Buenos Noches", which even non-Spanish speaking readers may have caught. The other flubs were wrong conjugation of a Spanish word, or incorrect use of a phrase. I liked the story well enough, at least up until the time Mike woke up from her coma, but I found it distracting that the Spanish words thrown in were often incorrect. It would have been better had the author had someone fluent in Spanish read through her novel first before its publication. Like I indicated, the book was entertaining, but I found the second part of the story to be too contrived, it pretty much fell flat after Julian arrived on the scene and Mike woke up from her coma. Liam was too forgiving of a wife that kept her obsession with Julian (a pillowcase in her closet filled with momentos of a first marriage) hidden from him for over ten years time. I enjoyed Ms. Hannah's novel Mystic Lake, and others as well, but do not think that this this is on par with those others.
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This is one Latino lady that after reading the posted reviews found it interesting that not one of these mentioned the Mexican heritage of the heroine, Mike. Mike's poverty and background is pertinent to the storyline, but maybe other reviewers were trying to be politically correct in not mentioning this aspect of Mike's mixed heritage. I only mention the fact because of the heroines name, and to the extent that we are presented with several variations of her given name Mikaela (Mike and Kayla) as her nicknames. The name in Spanish, incidently, is spelled Micaela, no "k" in it. I found it distracting that there were several errors in the Spanish spoken by Rosa, Mike's mom. The most obvious of these was "Buenos Noches", which even non-Spanish speaking readers may have caught. The other flubs were wrong conjugation of a Spanish word, or incorrect use of a phrase. I liked the story well enough, at least up until the time Mike woke up from her coma, but I found it distracting that the Spanish words thrown in were often incorrect. It would have been better had the author had someone fluent in Spanish read through her novel first before its publication. Like I indicated, the book was entertaining, but I found the second part of the story to be too contrived, it pretty much fell flat after Julian arrived on the scene and Mike woke up from her coma. Liam was too forgiving of a wife that kept her obsession with Julian (a pillowcase in her closet filled with momentos of a first marriage) hidden from him for over ten years time. I enjoyed Ms. Hannah's novel Mystic Lake, and others as well, but do not think that this this is on par with those others.
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