Magic Hour

Magic Hour

eBook - 2006
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Until recently, Dr. Julia Cates was one of the preeminent child psychiatrists in the country, but a scandal shattered her confidence, ruined her career, and made her a media target. When she gets a desperate call from her estranged sister, Ellie, a police chief in their small western Washington hometown, she jumps at the chance to escape. In Rain Valley, nothing much ever happens--until a girl emerges from the deep woods and walks into town. She is a victim unlike any Julia has ever seen: a child locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation. When word spreads of the "wild child" and the infamous doctor who is treating her, the media descend on Julia and once again her competence is challenged. State and federal authorities want to lock the girl away in an institution until an identification can be made. But to Julia, who has come to doubt her own ability, nothing is more important than saving the girl she now calls Alice. To heal this child, Julia will have to understand that she cannot work alone and must look to others--the people in the town she left long ago, the sister she barely knows, and Dr. Max Cerrasin, a handsome, private man with secrets of his own.Then a shocking revelation forces Julia to risk everything to discover the truth about Alice. The ordeal that follows will test the limits of Julia's faith, forgiveness, and love, as she struggles to ascertain where Alice ultimately belongs.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780345490933
Branch Call Number: EBOOK FIC HANNAH 2006
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Aug 10, 2020

About half way through I had to force myself to continue to read this book and finish it. Slow moving. Predictable. I loved The Nightengale but not this. For reading for fictional pandemic escape I prefer Diane Chamberlain books.

Jun 25, 2020

I have read many of Kristin Hannah's novels, and I have to say that this was one of my favorites. The way she described the characters was wonderful. It was hard to put down. The story was not only interesting, but filled with sadness, happiness, and love.

Jun 05, 2020

This is the first of the Kristin Hannah novels I've read to my wife that doesn't require some historical background, but like all of her novels, involves a mystery. My wife likes mysteries (Agatha Christie, Tony Hillerman) and I like Hannah's frequent historical allusions. Still, this got me chasing after references concerning feral children, so it still worked as one of our reading project books. Hannah must do extensive research for her books, because nothing jumps off the page as being wrong and most of the issues I've questioned have proven generally accurate. There was one important twist that I thought unlikely, but I'm an old sci-fi fan, so suspending disbelief does not require too much effort.

Nov 10, 2019

I loved this book! It is about a little girl who appears out of the Olympic National Forest with a little wolf pup. She has been living in the forest since she was about 2. . . and her story is profound. In this novel, Hannah makes this little girl "Alice" seem so forlorn and lost and alone . . . often like the doctor who ends up watching over her, helping her become reacquainted with civilization and people. Great read!

Apr 29, 2019

An enjoyable read with interesting characters. A rather singular plot that took the reader on an interesting, albeit easy ride. I find her other novels a bit more substantial but enjoyed this one, nevertheless.

I agree with prior comments---it was really hard to put it down

Nov 01, 2018

Amazing story! This story will tug at your heart and you won’t be able to put this down.

Apr 01, 2015

This is the first book I've read in quite a while that I couldn't put down. Well developed characters you quickly come to know and care about.
I actually cried through one of the chapters.
I like that we learn and grow with the characters as they realize things about themselves.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

In this easy, enjoyable novel, a chid psychiatrist whose career has just been shattered by a scandal gets a desperate call to help her police chief sister on a very unusual case. The world Hannah creates in "Rain Valley", Washington reminds me of Alice Hoffman's small town New England with its elements of intrigue, romance and characters that keep you spellbound.

May 31, 2014

I liked this book. Had a good story and moved along keeping my interest throughout. Even had an unexpected twist at the end. Would recommend

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