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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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.
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.
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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Another great book by Kristen Hannah!!!! Strongly recommend this book.Published 4 months ago by gerry
I don't read that many books of the romance genre. This one I picked off Audible during a sale since I've been wanting to read Kristin Hannah for awhile. I really liked it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Making the storyline about more than just the main character is what I really appreciated about this book.Published 9 months ago by Brigitte Giesbrecht
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 morePublished on Oct. 23 2012 by Rima Mtl
If you have necer read a book by her and like Lavryle Spencer please do yourself a favor and read this, or any of her others. Read morePublished on May 22 2003 by DAWN BARKER
Kristin Hannah has done it again. She is a master of taking the reader to beautiful places with interesting and often complex characters. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2002 by TJ's Mommy
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 morePublished on Aug. 21 2002
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 morePublished on Dec 4 2001