Magic Hour

Magic Hour

A Novel

Book - 2006
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When a scandal threatens to ruin her career as a child psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Cates returns to her hometown of Rain Valley, Washington and risks everything to help a young, speechless girl who has emerged from the deep woods with no identity and no past.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9780345467522
Characteristics: 391 p.


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May 23, 2021

This is my fifth Kristin Hannah novel and like the others, it did not disappoint. This author has a way of hitting the reader right in the heart. I don't know if it was the mother-child relationship, the wounded child component, or a combination of both, but the book just destroyed me at the end! Talk about needing a full box of tissues! I loved the theme of parental love that played throughout the book in several different characters. From having strained parental relationships, to desiring one you don't have, to having it and then losing it; this book had it all. Even though the ending was rather predictable, I didn't mind. Had it ended any other way I would have probably been disappointed.

Mar 20, 2021

An enjoyable read.

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.

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Feb 26, 2014

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