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Kristin Hannah

Magic Hour : A Novel

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From the heart of the ancient Olympic National Forest, a six-year-old girl appears. Speechless and alone, she can give no clue as to her identity, no hint of her past. To heal the child, locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation, psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates must risk everything to discover the truth.

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From the heart of the ancient Olympic National Forest, a six-year-old girl appears. Speechless and alone, she can give no clue as to her identity, no hint of her past. To heal the child, locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation, psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates must risk everything to discover the truth.From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an incandescent story about the resilience of the human spirit, the triumph of hope, and the meaning of home.
 
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

Specifications

Language
English
Publisher
Random House Publishing Group
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
432
Author
Kristin Hannah
Title
Magic Hour
ISBN-13
9780345522184
Publication Date
September, 2010
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.00 x 5.16 x 0.93 Inches
ISBN-10
0345522184

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This is an extremely t...
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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Given the reviews I se...
Given the reviews I seem to be very much in the minority, but I thought this was a wretchedly written book. It had an interesting premise. Two sisters in small-town Washington state, a child psychiatrist and the town's police chief, try to help a six-year-old feral child. My problem is that from the start the book took an overly melodramatic tone as it related Doctor Julia Cates facing a decision in a lawsuit about a tragedy involving a patient of hers. Her sister, Ellie Barton, is an incongruous mix--a chief of police with the mentality of a "small-town beauty queen." But what made this an excruciating read was the cliche-ridden prose. Sentences and phrases such as "listening to the surf, thinking how much it sounded like beat of her heart" "could have heard a pin drop" and "all hell broke loose." Goodness. There's too many good books and too little time to put up with that.
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1 customers found this helpful
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
This is an extremely t...
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.
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
Given the reviews I se...
Given the reviews I seem to be very much in the minority, but I thought this was a wretchedly written book. It had an interesting premise. Two sisters in small-town Washington state, a child psychiatrist and the town's police chief, try to help a six-year-old feral child. My problem is that from the start the book took an overly melodramatic tone as it related Doctor Julia Cates facing a decision in a lawsuit about a tragedy involving a patient of hers. Her sister, Ellie Barton, is an incongruous mix--a chief of police with the mentality of a "small-town beauty queen." But what made this an excruciating read was the cliche-ridden prose. Sentences and phrases such as "listening to the surf, thinking how much it sounded like beat of her heart" "could have heard a pin drop" and "all hell broke loose." Goodness. There's too many good books and too little time to put up with that.
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.
Given the reviews I seem to be very much in the minority, but I thought this was a wretchedly written book. It had an interesting premise. Two sisters in small-town Washington state, a child psychiatrist and the town's police chief, try to help a six-year-old feral child. My problem is that from the start the book took an overly melodramatic tone as it related Doctor Julia Cates facing a decision in a lawsuit about a tragedy involving a patient of hers. Her sister, Ellie Barton, is an incongruous mix--a chief of police with the mentality of a "small-town beauty queen." But what made this an excruciating read was the cliche-ridden prose. Sentences and phrases such as "listening to the surf, thinking how much it sounded like beat of her heart" "could have heard a pin drop" and "all hell broke loose." Goodness. There's too many good books and too little time to put up with that.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

This is an extremely t...

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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