On Mystic Lake

On Mystic Lake

Book - 1999
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Kristin Hannah makes her hardcover debut with this poignant, tender, and true story of love, loss, passion, and the fragile threads that bind families together. Annie Colwater's only child has just left home for school abroad. On that same day, her husband of twenty years confesses that he's in love with a younger woman. Alone in the house that is no longer a home, Annie comes to the painful realization that for years she has been slowly disappearing. Lonely and afraid, she retreats to Mystic, the small Washington town where she grew up, hoping that there she can reclaim the woman she once was--the woman she is now desperate to become again. In Mystic, she is reunited with her first love, Nick Delacroix, a recent widower unable to cope with his grieving, too-silent six-year-old daughter, Izzie. Together, the three of them begin to heal, and, at last, Annie learns that she can love without losing herself. But just when she has found a second chance at happiness, her life is turned upside down again, and Annie must make a choice no woman should have to make. . . . On Mystic Lakeis the story of one seemingly ordinary woman, but the novel speaks to all of us, to anyone who has ever had to choose between what is . . . and what could be.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780609602492
Branch Call Number: HANN
Characteristics: 323p. 24cm.


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Jun 23, 2019

I didn't think this was possible but when I got to the end of this book, I had the incredible urge to turn to page one and start all over again. It's that good. I found this book by chance, and from the very first page, I was drawn into the story and all the wonderful characters; even the unfaithful husband was interesting.
"On Mystic Lake" was my first introduction to Kristin Hannah and made me a lifelong fan!

Mar 03, 2019

Predictable plot, stereotypical characters, peppered with unrealistic dialog, ridiculous metaphors (her "Buick-size diamond") and men and women shedding enough tears to float the Queen Mary (ugh, now I'm doing it).

Feb 17, 2019

Her writing has improved so much since this book. This one not so good. Her latest one, The Great Alone, is one of the best books I have ever read.

Apr 27, 2018

As ever, Kristin Hannah wrote a wonderful book and you will fall in love with Annie, Nick an Izzy. What makes it even more wonderful it takes place in the forests of WA state.

Jul 07, 2016

A good read, but I agree with a previous reviewer who commented that Hannah gets better with her newer novels.
Always a pleasure to read.

Dec 06, 2013

Easy read. Definitely a chick-lit type of novel and very predictable.

Mar 06, 2012

After reading some of Hannah's newer books I'm working my way through her older ones. This one is good but I'm finding her older books don't have the character development of her newer ones. The characters are good but a little too shallow. We don't really get inside their heads. Still a good read if a bit predictable. Sometimes that's not all bad.

May 23, 2010

Great book! Was a bit disappointed with the ending -- although it was obvious it would have been more enjoyable to read about their reunion.


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