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On Mystic Lake (Ballantine Reader's Circle) [Kindle Edition]

Kristin Hannah
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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What do you do when everything you hold dear, everything you believe yourself to be, proves not to be true? Like Scarlett O'Hara, you go home, if not to Tara, then to the last place that you felt like you. Award-winning author Kristin Hannah makes her hardcover debut by taking readers to just such a place in On Mystic Lake. As her only child leaves to study abroad and her husband admits his love for a younger woman, Annie Colwater feels invisible. Having devoted herself to being the best wife and mother she could be for the last 20 years, Annie no longer knows who she is. She heads home to her father and to Mystic, Washington--where she grew up, where the dreams she barely remembers first blossomed, and where her first love, Nick Delacroix, still lives. Back in Mystic, Annie receives a healthy dose of perspective: Nick's wife has recently committed suicide, leaving Nick to find solace in the bottom of a Scotch bottle while his 6-year-old daughter, Izzie--who hasn't spoken since her mother's death--is doing her best to "disappear" just like Mommy. Annie volunteers to care for Izzie, since Nick cannot understand what his grieving daughter needs. And in the process, Annie recovers herself, the woman she thought gone forever, while Nick realizes that his future lies with Annie and Izzie. Just when the future starts to look bright for the three, Annie is faced with a devastating choice between the life she thought had left her behind, and a new beginning with Nick and Izzie, who helped to unearth her forgotten dreams. Kristin Hannah has produced a treasure of a book, one that will make you cry and will strike a chord in anyone who has ever had to pick up the pieces and start over. --Alison Trinkle

From Publishers Weekly

In her first hardcover after a distinguished career in paperback romance (Home Again), Hannah shows what it takes for an author to make that defining leap. Never one to gush, she is more than ever disciplined in her writing, and the result is a clean, deep thrust into the reader's heart. Annie Colwater knows she's in for a spell of loneliness when her 17-year-old daughter, Natalie, leaves Southern California for a summer in London, but the teary airport farewell is just the beginning of a chaotic time. Blake, Annie's husband, tells her that he wants a divorce so he can start a new life with his sweetheart, a young partner in his law firm. Blake's a cad?a habitual philanderer, and the sort of father who forgets birthdays?but we don't totally blame him for bailing out. Annie is Natalie's doting mother, Blake's dutiful wife and otherwise barely there. In search of the self she must find to survive, Annie goes back to Mystic, Wash., and the home of her father, gruffly loving Hank Borne, who did his best to raise her after the early death of her mother. Maternal loss is a terrain Hannah seems to know to a harrowing fare-thee-well. Annie's redemption begins with her profound kindness to six-year-old Isabella Delacroix, whose mother, Kathy?once Annie's best friend?has recently died. A romance with alcoholic cop Nick, Isabella's father, unfolds tenderly and with suspense, for all its inevitability. When Annie discovers she is pregnant with Blake's child, and then gives birth prematurely to a tiny girl who may not survive, the phrase "page-turner" is redefined. In Hannah's world, nothing can be taken for granted and triumph must be earned, with hard work, truthful reckoning and tears. 100,000 first printing; first serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections; film rights optioned by Hearst Entertainment; rights sold in the U.K., Germany, France, Sweden and China.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3493 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (Dec 18 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUBGA0
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely beautiful love story Nov. 13 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
On 11/11, I endured the funeral of a very dear friend. As I approached the church, I noticed the sun breaking through the clouds, beaming down rays of light to shine down on the building where she lay inside, awaiting the eulogy to be given for her final goodbye. I thought my heart would break and I would never stop crying, even though I finally did. After the funeral, I stopped by my favorite bookstore and purchased four novels, two of which were written by Kristin Hannah. That evening, I made the mistake of starting to read ON MYSTIC LAKE. Because my eyelids were still swollen from the many tears I'd cried at the funeral and during the day, and my eyeballs felt like sandpaper was swiping over them every time I blinked, I thought it best to put the book down and finish reading it later. The next morning I found myself picking the novel up again. After I started to read. I couldn't stop until I'd read the rest of story, nor did I stop crying. I have to believe that Kristin Hannah has the finest talent to write the sweetest of love stories that I've ever had the pleasure to read in this novel. I have another one of her novels, but I don't dare start it right away. I need a break from the tears. KH had no trouble from the very beginning to capture of my attention. I felt every moment of Annie's heartache, as the description of the author's plot and characters was most excellent. If you want a genuine, heartfelt/heartbreaking/happy-ending love story, do this one. Just make sure you have a box of Kleen-x sitting close by. You'll need it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful A++++ Oct. 6 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the 2nd book I've read by Hannah and I am hooked! I love this book. I also went through a divorce and really sympathized with the character Annie. Shows how women gain strength after a terrible time in their life. You will laugh and cry but this book is a MUST read! Enjoy! Also Between Sisters is another GREAT book by Hannah! This is my new favorite author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hannah doesn't dissapoint. June 23 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
For those of us that don't want anything to trivial, but just wants to get lost in a book. This is it (or anything written by Hannah). I love the settings, California and Washington are so vividly described. It starts with the main character, Annie going through some life changes, then finding herself, and finally letting everyone else know who she is. It is a great book if you've ever started your life over, or ever wanted to. This book shows a womans real strength, even if you don't think you have it in you, you probably do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars --Predictable, but good story-- July 22 2002
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This book begins when Annie and Blake Colwater take their daughter to the airport. The teenager plans to spend several months studying in London. On the drive home, Blake surprises Annie by asking for a divorce. Annie is shocked and totally falls apart. She leaves California and retreats to her hometown of Mystic, Washington. In Mystic, she meets up with her old boyfriend Nick, and immediately rekindles a romance. Nick has problems of his own and is haunted by his wife's death. Izzie, his six year old daughter is so upset by the loss of her mother that she no longer has the ability to speak. There are several different subplots going on and the author manages to juggle them quite well. The dilemma of the child Izzie was by far the most interesting and creative part of the book.
In a lot of ways this was quite an ambitious story, and Kristin Hannah gave an excellent account of the emotions that her characters experienced. She also wrote beautiful descriptive passages about the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula. However, Annie the main character was a little frustrating to read about. She was just too perfect. She's attractive, smart, thin, rich. talented, a great mother and a really nice person! Wow! I also had a difficult time believing that a wife would not have a clue to the fact that the man she was married to for 20 years had consistently been unfaithful to her for ages. Come on Annie, a man can't be working late every night! Perhaps that was Annie's flaw, she was so wrapped up in her daughter and in creating a perfect home that she ignored the signs of a husband who had little loyalty or real interest in his family.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and beautiful... June 28 2001
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This is a lovely, often lyrical novel. The characters (except for Blake) are realistic, and learn in the course of the novel, which I think is one of the hallmarks of a good story. The love story is realisitc and strong, and the author's descriptions of the Pacific Northwest are really lovely--her own love for the area shines through.
One of the interesting things about this story is that it contrasts a life that seems to have everything (beach house in California, life with enough money never to have to worry, etc.) with life in a poor logging town, and the everyday life of the logging town is the infinitely better and more fulfilling choice. This choice rings true, as does Annie's attempt to stick with the commitments and relationships that she picked so long ago.
The only problem is that Blake and the California life become stiff and one dimensional, which is too bad because I think the "rightness" of Annie's choice would still hve been clear even if he was a slightly more attractive character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to start over June 10 2001
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Annie has defined herself as a wife and mother. So when her daughter leaves home for a stay in England and her husband tells her that he's in love with someone else, Annie drifts back to her childhood town, Mystic, where she hopes to re-evaluate herself.
Whilst she is there she meets up with Nick Delacroix, a schoolfriend and old flame, who married her best friend. Nick has also had hard times, his wife committed suicide and his daughter Izzy is so traumatised that she has stopped talking. For the first time Annie feels like she can help, and revels in the way she feels useful. She even begins to feel love again, and how it feels to be loved.
Unfortunately the past has a way of rearing its head, and when she discovers that she is pregnant to her husband and he wants her back, she feels that she has no other choice but to return and try to hold on to her marriage. But on her terms. She will no longer be the pushover wife who just accepts that her role is to please her husband. Will those terms be acceptable? It takes some words of wisdom from her daughter to realise who she should be pleasing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book!!!!
Another great book by Kristen Hannah!!!! Strongly recommend this book.
Published 2 months ago by gerry
5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it. The story held my attention and I ...
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Making the storyline about more than just the main character is what I really appreciated about this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
I loved this book. I fell in love with the characters, the setting, the story. I couldn't put it down. It was a tough read at times and I cried a couple of times. Read more
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Published on Dec 31 2002 by TJ's Mommy
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My Grandmother loaned me this book and as soon as I started it I couldn't put it down. It took only 5 days to read it and for me thats fast. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
This is one of the best books I ever read! I couldn't put this book down. I don't read much, if it doesn't grab my attention in the first chapter, I'm done with it. Read more
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