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On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah




TITLE: On Mystic Lake⁣

AUTHOR: Kristin Hannah⁣

PUBLISHER: Ballantine Books⁣

YR PUBLISHED: 1999⁣

STARS: ★★★★⁣*

SUMMARY: “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 Delacriox, 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 change 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.” (Adapted from Goodreads)⁣

REVIEW: Another Kristin Hannah winner for you! Man, this lady sure knows how to write a story that grapples with loss & heartache, yet the hope that prevails despite the pain. ⁣

What didn’t I love? On a personal level, this book was ultimately un-relatable for me as it was definitely written for an older women in mind. Perhaps someone who was on the path to second love. ⁣

But, despite all of this … ⁣

What did I love? Annie’s resiliency and willingness to start over. Nick’s caring and transformative heart. Annie’s ability to say “no” to feeling and “yes” to reason when the going got tough. ⁣

★ Ultimately, On Mystic Lake was everything I love about Kristin Hannah: Heart-breaking and beautiful. ★⁣

Overall, a worthy story.⁣

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Alcoholism, suicide, depression, and death of a parent.⁣


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