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On Mystic Lake
On Mystic Lake
Author: Kristin Hannah
Annie Colewater's life fell apart the day her eighteen-year-old daughter left home and her husband of twenty years abandoned her for a younger woman. Shattered, she returns home to the small Washington town of Mystic, seeking solace to the haunting emptiness of her own soul. Here, a broken woman will open her heart to a shattered little girl and...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780449149676
ISBN-10: 0449149676
Publication Date: 4/4/2000
Pages: 416
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 232 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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carolceltic avatar reviewed On Mystic Lake on + 41 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
highly recommend best book i read in l ong time. read in one day.
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Helpful Score: 3
"SUPERB...I'LL HEARTILY RECOMMEND ON MYSTIC LAKE TO ANY WOMAN... WHO DEMANDS THAT A STORY LEAVE HER IN A SATISFIED GLOW." - The Washington Post Book World

Annie Colwater's husband has just confessed that he's in love with a younger woman. Devastated, Annie retreats to the small town where she grew up. There, she is reunited with her first love, Nick Delacroix, a recent widower who is unable to cope with his silent, emotionally scarred young daughter. Together, the three of them begin to heal. But just when Annie believes she's been given a second chance at happiness, her world is turned upside down again, and she is forced to make a choice that no woman in love should ever have to make...

On MYSTIC LAKE is the story of one woman, but it speaks to all of us - to anyone who has ever had to find the courage to choose between what is... and what could be.
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Helpful Score: 3
Great book!!! My first Kristin Hannah book and I will be reading more :)
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Helpful Score: 2
This was the first book I read from this author and I really enjoyed it! I have since read 2 more from her! I love it when I find a new author - - - now I have a bunch of books to read!!
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Helpful Score: 2
Since I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Kristin Hannah's books have a special place in my heart. Having said that, Hannah has a real voice that speaks all the thoughts and feelings we might have when life goes along with nothing happening, only to twist and turn the way that lives can. I highly recommend any book written by Kristin Hannah...an excellent writer.
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Readnmachine avatar reviewed On Mystic Lake on + 1262 more book reviews
Hannah pulls out all the stops in this one. She dumps in crumbling marriage, empty-nest syndrome, long-lost loves, neglected children, traumatized children, loss of a parent, homelessness, substance abuse, suicide, mental illness, and pretty much every hanky-dampening situation in the romance writers' playbook.

In other words, her fans will eat this up.

It all starts when Annie Colwater's husband announces, apparently out of the blue, that he has fallen in love with another woman and wants a divorce. He drops this bombshell moments after the couple has put their 17-year-old daughter on a plane for London.

Shocked and confused, Annie returns to her hometown on the Olympic Peninsula, to spend time with her father and to try to reorganize her life. Looking for something to fill her days, she agrees to help her first love, Nick, with his six-year-old daughter, so traumatized by her mother's suicide that she is nearly catatonic.

Things build pretty predictably from there, and even the "surprise twist" at the three-quarter point is something the long-time romance reader will have seen coming, though Hannah does manage to dodge one cliche bullet in the resolution.

The ending drags somewhat as Annie tries to decide between new-old love and old-established love, between comfort and adventure, and between doing what's expected of her and doing what she really wants.
barras31063 avatar reviewed On Mystic Lake on + 69 more book reviews
wonderful book. Couldn't put it down.
crittersitter19 avatar reviewed On Mystic Lake on
Going thru a divorce,Annie returns to her hometown where she is reunited with her first love, Nick.


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