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ISBN13: 9780449149676
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Rain 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 shopped for hand-painted ceramic pots to hold her favorite annuals.

But now, all she felt was dread, and a vague, formless panic. After today, nothing in her well-ordered life would remain the same, and she was not a woman who liked the sharp, jagged edges of change. She preferred things to run smoothly, down the middle of the road. That was where she felt safest--in the center of the ordinary, with her family gathered close around her.

Wife.

Mother.

These were the roles that defined her, that gave her life meaning. It was what she'd always been, and now, as she warily approached her fortieth birthday, it was all she could remember ever wanting to be. She had gotten married right after college and been pregnant within that same year. Her husband and daughter were her anchors; without Blake and Natalie, she had often thought that she might float out to sea, a ship without captain or destination.

But what did a mother do when her only child left home?

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lovewriter, January 18, 2009 (view all comments by lovewriter)
I didn't think this was possible but when I got to the end of this book, I had the incredible urge to turn to page one and start all over again. It's that good. I found this book by chance, and from the very first page, I was drawn into the story and all the wonderful characters; even the unfaithful husband was interesting.
"On Mystic Lake" was my first introduction to Kristin Hannah and made me a lifelong fan!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780449149676
Author:
Hannah, Kristin
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
Romance
Subject:
Divorced women
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Romance - Adult
Subject:
Washington
Subject:
Widowers
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
106-211
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.91x4.17x1.03 in. .44 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780449149676 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A woman troubled by the departure of her daughter and her husband seeks solace in her hometown of Mystic, Washington, and strikes up a relationship with an embittered, grieving widower and his shattered little girl. Reissue.
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"Synopsis" by , 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 Delacroix, 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 chance 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.
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