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Magic hour : a novel
Kristin Hannah
Adult Fiction HANNAH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Hannah's melodramatic 15th novel (after The Things We Do for Love) tells the addictive soap opera story of a feral child and the adults who rally to help her. The cast of stock characters is led by child psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates, whose reputation was ruined when she failed to prevent a teen patient from staging a Columbine-style massacre. Her sister, Ellie Barton, a smalltown former homecoming queen-turned-chief of police, summons Julia from Los Angeles to their Pacific Northwest hometown of Rain Valley to take on the case of a mysterious lost child, who appeared one day on the edge of town, presumably raised by wolves. With the dashing doctor Dr. Max Cerrasin at her side, Julia works diligently to tame the mute girl, whom she names Alice. Max, like Julia, is running from demons of his own. Though she initially rebuffs his overtures ("When I love, I risk my heart. All or nothing," Julia declares), their romance inevitably blossoms while they work to solve the mystery of Alice's parentage. The novel's real love story, though, is the passion between Alice and Julia, and it's hard not to root for the vulnerable little Wolf Girl. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Life seems over for Dr. Julia Cates, a prominent child psychiatrist, when she misdiagnoses a teenager who then shoots up a church youth group. Salvation for Julia comes shortly later when her estranged sister, Ellie Barton, chief of police in their hometown of Rain Valley, WA, asks for her help with a "wild child" found with a wolf in the forest near town. Supported by her sister, Julia works tirelessly at trying to discover why this child, whom she names Alice, behaves like an animal and doesn't speak. Ruling out autism, Julia gradually gains Alice's trust and makes amazing progress with the child, teaching her to speak and act more like an average six-year-old. At the same time Julia and Ellie grow closer, putting past problems aside. Hannah (The Things We Do for Love) doesn't spare the emotion or stereotypes in this soapy melodrama, although the book is not without its redeeming moments. Also, the author builds suspense skillfully, keeping listeners unsure about Alice's fate until the end. Suzanne Toren reads this love story between the little wolf girl and her therapist with clarity, capturing the essence of each personality. This will appeal to Hannah fans who enjoy romance and suspense; recommended for popular fiction collections.-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Julia Cates
Female
Damaged by a tragedy in her life; reputationdestryoed when she failed to prevent a teen from commmitting a Columbine-style massacre; trying to tame a mute girl believed to be raised by wolves; falls in love with Max.
Child psychologist

Ellie Barton
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Julia's sister; former smalltown homecoming queen.
Police chief

Max Cerrasin
Male
Trying to find the mute girl's parentage; falls in love with Julia.
Doctors



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