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Magic Hour

My first Kristin Hannah book was The Great Alone, which I enjoyed but it wasn’t necessarily my favorite book ever. But her other books look interesting too so I tried another one. Magic Hour was much more intriguing to me and, I thought, a very unique story line. A girl appears in a small town in Washington state, seemingly out of the woods. She is terrified, does not speak, and generally acts like a wild animal.

The police chief’s sister, Julia, is a child psychologist who has taken a hit to her career recently, so she comes to help out. The police work to try and figure out where the girl came from and what happened to her, while protecting her, and Julia tried to get through to the girl. She makes progress but as soon as things seem to be settling down, a giant wrench is thrown into the mix when the girl’s father finally appears.

The story is beautiful and heart-wrenching at times. I definitely recommend it but be prepared for some intense moments. Enjoy!


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The Great Alone

Kristin Hannah is an excellent writer. And although The Great Alone is not at all happy – to be honest, it’s pretty darn depressing – I still wanted to keep reading. After returning from the Vietnam War, Leni’s dad inherits land in Alaska. So Leni and her parents load up in a VW bus and make the trek from Seattle to Alaska to live off the land. The story covers their adventures in learning to live on their own in the wilderness, making friends, and starting a new life. But it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. In fact, it’s very little rainbows and sunshine.

Leni’s dad returned from the war a different man, which affected every person around him. The characters in the story deal with PTSD, alcoholism, domestic violence, death, and heartbreak. But there is also redemption and joy found in relationships. As a child, Leni deals with things no child should ever have to deal with. But she’s a survivor. And Hannah’s telling of her survival is poetic. I definitely recommend this book but be warned – it is a little intense and probably not a good beach read. Enjoy!