Magic Hour

Magic Hour

A Novel

eBook - 2006
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BONUS: This edition contains a Magic Hour discussion guide.

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. In Magic Hour, Kristin Hannah creates one of her most beloved characters, and delivers an incandescent story about the resilience of the human spirit, the triumph of hope, and the meaning of home.

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group


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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.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

In this easy, enjoyable novel, a chid psychiatrist whose career has just been shattered by a scandal gets a desperate call to help her police chief sister on a very unusual case. The world Hannah creates in "Rain Valley", Washington reminds me of Alice Hoffman's small town New England with its elements of intrigue, romance and characters that keep you spellbound.

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