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On Mystic Lake

by Kristin Hannah

Crown Publishing Group | March 26, 1999 | Hardcover

On Mystic Lake is rated 4.5455 out of 5 by 11.
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 Lake is 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 334 pages, 9.41 × 6.43 × 0.98 in

Published: March 26, 1999

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0609602497

ISBN - 13: 9780609602492

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favourite Kristin Hannah (CONTAINS SPOILERS!) WARNING: SPOILERS!!!! Some people may view Kristin Hannah’s books as light, insignificant, “hausfrau” books, but I personally think she can do wrong. When it comes to crafting stories about human relationships, Hannah is one of the best. However, there are always exceptions when I say stuff like that. On Mystic Lake is the story of Annie, who returns to her childhood home, Mystic, after her husband of 20 years, Blake, cheats on Annie and asks her for a divorce when their only daughter, Natalie, leaves for London. When back in Mystic, Annie meets an old childhood friend, Nick, who has a daughter, Izzy, who became mute after the suicide of her mother, Kathy. Along with spending time with her father, Annie agrees to watch Izzy while Nick is at work. Having led a life where she was the nurturer, caretaker, and supporter, Annie immediately falls in love with Izzy. There are problems with On Mystic Lake—and they’re kind of significant. The first problem is that the whole point of the story is for Annie to find herself, but she just moves from playing the “mother and wife” role to her own family, to immediately playing it for another. I would have liked Annie to find some kind of independence along the way. The second problem is that Annie finds out she’s pregnant. With Blake’s baby. Even though she wasn’t happy with Blake, she gets back together with him and he changes—for a while. After the baby is born, they fall back into their old routine until Blake finally decides that he can’t live like this with Annie anymore. Now, after getting rejected TWICE by the same man, does Annie finally decide to go back to Mystic and open her bookstore she’s dreamed of, and maybe get back together with Nick (that is, if he isn’t already heartbroken—does Annie just assume Nick would wait around and pine over her?). Despite the obvious flaw, On Mystic Lake was an ok read. Not the best Kristin Hannah book out there, but still a good one. Though, if you really feel you need to get some Kristin Hannah in your life, start with Winter Garden, not On Mystic Lake.
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous I read this book in a day and a half. I couldn't put it down, I was reading while blow drying my hair. It was a phenomenal story and I loved every single word.
Date published: 2010-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it a lot This is my favourite Kristin Hannah book of the four I've read so far.
Date published: 2009-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a Nice well rounded Book... If your looking for a nice romantic story this is the book for you .Its about a married woman who is sending off her 17 year old daughter to London for the summer and she thinks that she will be spending time alone with the man whom she has been married to for 20 years .But when Blake ,her husband ,tells her differently she decides to finially find herself and become independant and a much stronger person.When Blake decides he really loves his wife ,will she take him back ? You must read .
Date published: 2008-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A True Bestseller In My Books This was one of the very first books I read by Kristin Hannah. I Absolutely Loved This Book, Best Book I Read All Year (2005). If your looking for a book with everything in it than this is the book for you. It has Passion, Love, Heartache, Trama, Suspense, and Mystical happenings. I just loved this book!! I can't even express how good this book truly is.
Date published: 2006-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching ... Poignant The first book of fiction I have read in a long time that has tugged at my heart. The story is realistic, thought provoking, sensual, and both an escape & an adventure. What a wonderful story!
Date published: 2001-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Real Heart Warmer Kristin's words touch your emotions as they do the characters. She is so descriptive you are able to picture the whole novel. It's definitely a book that you stay up late at night to finish a couple of extra chapters!
Date published: 2001-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Summer Read Great book. Easy to get lost in it and the characters. A little on the predictable side in places, but that didn't take away my reading enjoyment. I would say this is a great summer read - very easy to pick up, hard to put down and instantly takes you to the exact place in the story that you were when you left.
Date published: 2000-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent Best book I have read in sometime. I am waiting for the next one "Angle Falls" to come out in softback.
Date published: 2000-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On Mystic Lake Newly separated, Annie spent all her married life taking care of her husband and daughter. But no one took care of her, and somehow along the way she forgot to take care of herself. In an effort to find the person she used to be, she returns to the home of her youth. There she is reunited with her high school love Nick, who is now widowed and has a young child. Nick's young daughter refuses to speak to anyone and thinks she is "disappearing" like her mom did. Annie finds herself taking care of these two hurting people and falling in love with them. Will she lose herself again? Or will they help take care of her? I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it.
Date published: 1999-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On Mystic Lake This is one of the best romances I have read in a long time. It made me laugh and cry. Hannah writes so well that you can picture the characters and events in your mind. The story begins when Annie's husband Blake tells her that he's leaving her for another woman. She is so devastated by this news that she packs up and goes back to her home town. I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy contemporary romances.
Date published: 1999-06-07

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On Mystic Lake

On Mystic Lake

by Kristin Hannah

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 334 pages, 9.41 × 6.43 × 0.98 in

Published: March 26, 1999

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0609602497

ISBN - 13: 9780609602492

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From Part OneThe true voyage of self-discoverylies not in seeking new landscapesbut in having new eyes.--Marcel ProustChapter 1Rain fell like tiny silver teardrops from the tired sky. Somewhere behind a bank of clouds lay the sun, too weak to cast a shadow on the ground below.        It was March, the doldrums of the year, still and quiet and gray, but the wind had already begun to warm, bringing with it the promise of spring. Trees that only last week had been naked and brittle seemed to have grown six inches over the span of a single, moonless night, and sometimes, if the sunlight hit a limb just so, you could see the red bud of new life stirring at the tips of the crackly brown bark. Any day, the hills behind Malibu would blossom, and for a few short weeks this would be the prettiest place on Earth.        Like the plants and animals, the children of Southern California sensed the coming of the sun. They had begun to dream of ice cream and popsicles and last year's cutoffs. Even determined city dwellers, who lived in glass and concrete high-rises in places with pretentious names like Century City, found themselves veering into the nursery aisles of their local supermarkets. Small, potted geraniums began appearing in the metal shopping carts, alongside the sun-dried tomatoes and the bottles of Evian water.        For nineteen years, Annie Colwater had awaited spring with the breathless anticipation of a young girl at her first dance. She ordered bulbs from distant lands and
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From the Publisher

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 Lake is 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.

From the Jacket

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 Lake is 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.

About the Author

Kristin Hannah's novels have already earned numerous awards, including being named one of the five best of the year by both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. She lives in a small town in Washington with her husband.

From Our Editors

Things could be better for Annie Colwater. Not only has her only child left the family nest to pursue an education abroad, but her marriage of 20 years comes to an abrupt end when her husband announces his love for a younger woman. Devastated, Annie is faced with picking up the pieces of her shattered life and in the process rediscover the woman she once was, the woman who has slowly disappeared over the past two decades. When she arrives back in her hometown of Mystic Lake, Washington, Annie finds a second shot at happiness with an old flame, but does she have the courage to take it? On Mystic Lake is a beautifully crafted novel of love, loss and family bonds by Kristin Hannah.

Editorial Reviews

"A luminescent story . . . Hannah touches the deepest, most tender corners of our hearts."
--TAMI HOAG
   Author of A Thin Dark Line

"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

"EXCELLENT . . . ON MYSTIC LAKE IS AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE YOU WON'T SOON FORGET."
--Rocky Mountain News

"ON MYSTIC LAKE is a big, beautiful story of love, family, and second chances. Kristin Hannah has written the Must-Read Book of the Year!"
--SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS
   Author of Dream a Little Dream


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