This is an extremely touching story. While I'm a little pessimistic that a child raised in the situation that Alice was would come around as well as she does, I was able to suspend that disbelief as I read. Kristin Hannah is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and I can't read something else by her.
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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.
“One of [Kristin Hannah’s] most compelling and riveting novels.”—Booklist
Random House Publishing Group
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This is an extremely t...
After a patient of her...
After a patient of hers goes on a killing spree, psychologist Julia Cates is dragged through the mud by the media. When her sister, the chief of police in a small Washington town, finds an abandoned child, she calls in her sister to help. The child is filthy and wild. Once Julia begins working with her, she realizes that Alice, as she calls the girl, is a feral child, one she speculates was raised in the woods without human companionship. This was a very intriguing book. I find the idea of feral children interesting. I thought that the author treated the subject with compassion and realism. I am falling in love with this author and can't wait to read more of her books.
A very compelling stor...
A very compelling story that had me captivated from start to finish even though the romances played secondary roles. The heroine was fantastic and had me near tears at the end. Psychiatrist Julia's career is ruined and she returns to her hometown to help an extraordinary little girl with unimaginable fear.
This is the 3 book Iv...
This is the 3 book I've read by Kristin Hannah, and I actually won a signed copy of the book through a facebook giveaway she had. All 3 books I have read of hers are in my all time favorite list. A young child suddenly appears in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. She seems unsocialized and unable to speak. The story follows the therapist that begins working with her and those trying to find out who she is and what has happened to her and what the future holds for all involved. Beautifully written, great characters, wonderful plot and somewhat familiar setting in that it takes place in a town near Forks and La Push from the Twilight series.
I had no expectations ...
I had no expectations when I picked up this book. I liked the cover and the story sounded interesting. It was a wonderful book! Two sisters had led very different lives and remembered their childhood in different ways. Julia left their small town to pursue her studies and became a well-respected child psychiatrist. Ellie stayed in their small town and became the town sheriff. An unusual incident brought Julia back to Rain Valley where both sisters work together to help a 6 year old girl who seems to have appeared out of nowhere. There are the requisite childhood friends, hidden pasts (and not so hidden ones), and love interests, but that is not what makes the story. It is the 6 year old girl - Alice - I couldn't help but be pulled in to her life and her story. I will definitely read more books by Kristin Hannah!
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