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Magic Hour

Format:  Paperback,

469 pages

Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: Nov 2007

ISBN-13: 9780345467539

ISBN-10: 0345467531

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Deep in the Pacific Northwest lies the Olympic National Forest- nearly one million acres of impenetrable darkness and impossible beauty. Even in this modern age, much of it remains undiscovered and uncharted. From the heart of this old forest, a six-year-old girl appears. Speechless and alone, she can give no clue as to her identity, no hint of her past. . . .
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.
In her most ambitious novel to date, Kristin Hannah delivers an incandescent story about the resilience of the human spirit, the triumph of hope, and the mysterious places in the heart where love lies waiting.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Nov 2007
ISBN-13: 9780345467539
ISBN-10: 0345467531
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 469
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.5 x 7.0 x 1.0

About the author

Biography of Hannah, Kristin

Kristin Hannah was born in Southern California in September 1960. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked in an advertising agency and practiced law in Seattle. Hannah and her mom began writing a novel together when her mother was suffering from cancer. When her mother died, she put the draft away and continued to practice law. While pregnant with her son, and on bed rest, she took out the draft that she and her mother had written and began to write in earnest.

Her draft was done by the time she gave birth. In 1990, she became a published writer and has been writing ever since. She has won numerous awards including the Golden Heart, the Maggie and 1996 National Reader's Choice award. In 2004 she won the Rita Award for Best Novel: Between Sisters. Her title Winter Garden made the New York Times Best Seller List for 2011. In 2012 Kristin Hannah made The New York Times Best Seller List with her titles Night Road, Home Again and Home Front. Also, in 2013 her title Fly Away made The New York Times Best Seller List.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2005-11-01)

Julia puts her heart into aiding troubled children, so she's devastated when she's forced to give up her practice. Then she connects with a mute little girl who's been abandoned-and the doctor fighting to protect her.

Review by Library Journal (2005-12-01)

Having lost face and confidence after a patient commits murder, child psychiatrist Julia Cates returns to her hometown of Rain Valley, WA, at the request of the chief of police-her sister, Ellie. A young girl has been found in a tree, growling like an animal, unable to communicate in any way. Who is she? Where did she come from? Is she a kidnap victim or a "wild child"? With the assistance of Ellie, hunky doctor Max Cerrasin, and a few odd townsfolk, Julia employs patience and her expertise to try to bring "Alice" back to the world.

But news of the girl's situation reaches the media, and now Julia's past garners more attention than her skill. We also see how Ellie's beauty-queen history has affected her romantic entanglements and discover the issues that Dr. Max keeps hidden but that speak to Julia's heart. Hannah (The Things We Do for Love) has created a quirky little community where everyone knows everyone else's business. She strews a few boulders in the paths of our cast of characters, but, ultimately, they all come to the realization that "love is all you need". Recommended for public libraries.

[See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/05.] - Bette-Lee Fox, Library Journal

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Review by Library Journal (2006-08-01)

Life seems over for Dr. Julia Cates, a prominent child psychiatrist, when she misdiagnoses a teenager who then shoots up a church youth group. Salvation for Julia comes shortly later when her estranged sister, Ellie Barton, chief of police in their hometown of Rain Valley, WA, asks for her help with a "wild child" found with a wolf in the forest near town. Supported by her sister, Julia works tirelessly at trying to discover why this child, whom she names Alice, behaves like an animal and doesn't speak.

Ruling out autism, Julia gradually gains Alice's trust and makes amazing progress with the child, teaching her to speak and act more like an average six-year-old. At the same time Julia and Ellie grow closer, putting past problems aside. Hannah (The Things We Do for Love) doesn't spare the emotion or stereotypes in this soapy melodrama, although the book is not without its redeeming moments. Also, the author builds suspense skillfully, keeping listeners unsure about Alice's fate until the end. Suzanne Toren reads this love story between the little wolf girl and her therapist with clarity, capturing the essence of each personality. This will appeal to Hannah fans who enjoy romance and suspense; recommended for popular fiction collections.

-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

In the rugged Pacific Northwest lies the Olympic National Forest—nearly a million acres of impenetrable darkness and impossible beauty. From deep within this old growth forest, a six-year-old girl appears. Speechless and alone, she offers no clue as to her identity, no hint of her past.

Having retreated to her western Washington hometown after a scandal left her career in ruins, child psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates is determined to free the extraordinary little girl she calls Alice from a prison of unimaginable fear and isolation. To reach her, Julia must discover the truth about Alice’s past—although doing so requires help from Julia’s estranged sister, a local police officer. The shocking facts of Alice’s life test the limits of Julia’s faith and strength, even as she struggles to make a home for Alice—and for herself. In Magic Hour, Kristin Hannah creates one of her most beloved characters, and delivers an incandescent story about the resilience of the human spirit, the triumph of hope, and the meaning of home.

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