Magic Hour

Magic Hour

A Novel

Paperback - 2007
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Deep in the Pacific Northwest lies the Olympic National Forest- nearly one million acres of impenetrable darkness and impossible beauty. Even in this modern age, much of it remains undiscovered and uncharted. From the heart of this old forest, a six-year-old girl appears. Speechless and alone, she can give no clue as to her identity, no hint of her past. . . .

Until recently, Dr. Julia Cates was one of the preeminent child psychiatrists in the country, but a scandal shattered her confidence, ruined her career, and made her a media target. When she gets a desperate call from her estranged sister, Ellie, a police chief in their small western Washington hometown, she jumps at the chance to escape.

In Rain Valley, nothing much ever happens-until a girl emerges from the deep woods and walks into town. She is a victim unlike any Julia has ever seen: a child locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation.

When word spreads of the "wild child" and the infamous doctor who is treating her, the media descend on Julia and once again her competence is challenged. State and federal authorities want to lock the girl away in an institution until an identification can be made.

But to Julia, who has come to doubt her own ability, nothing is more important than saving the girl she now calls Alice. To heal this child, Julia will have to understand that she cannot work alone and must look to others-the people in the town she left long ago, the sister she barely knows, and Dr. Max Cerrasin, a handsome, private man with secrets of his own.
Then a shocking revelation forces Julia to risk everything to discover the truth about Alice. The ordeal that follows will test the limits of Julia's faith, forgiveness, and love, as she struggles to ascertain where Alice ultimately belongs.

In her most ambitious novel to date, Kristin Hannah delivers an incandescent story about the resilience of the human spirit, the triumph of hope, and the mysterious places in the heart where love lies waiting.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2007, c2006.
Edition: Ballantine Books Mass Market edition
ISBN: 9780345467539
Characteristics: 469 pages ;,18 cm.

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NanCcan
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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muffin0321
May 31, 2014

I liked this book. Had a good story and moved along keeping my interest throughout. Even had an unexpected twist at the end. Would recommend

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GinaMWright
Feb 26, 2014

What an awesome book! Couldn't put it down, and I was very sorry when it was done!

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suzanne5555
Feb 02, 2014

good book, intense, could not stop reading it. touching.

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_Amazon_
Dec 05, 2011

Gripping read from start to finish.

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NicoleBZ
Nov 27, 2011

Récit captivant. Le sujet est plutôt invraisemblable (enfant-loup) mais il est traité avec beaucoup de réalisme. Les histoires d'amour sont charmantes. J'ai eu beaucoup de plaisir à lire ce livre même s'il n'a pas la profondeur de WINTER GARDEN, livre que j'ai adoré. Un livre qui se lit facilement et qu'on ne veut pas laisser de côté.

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swesterhoud
Oct 31, 2011

This is definately the best book I've read this year!! Love love love Kristin Hannah

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SeikasHaven
Aug 08, 2011

The story of an innocent child abandoned, abused and left alone. This book warmed my heart as Alice begins to emerge from her broken life and heal not only herself, but Julia too.

Another win for Kristin Hannah!

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moangelbaby2009
Aug 19, 2010

This was a really great read....left me always wanting to turn the page to see what was going to happen next! This was my first book that I have read of Kristin Hannan's, and I am sure to read the rest that she has out!

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Feb 26, 2014

GinaMWright thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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