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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  21,129 ratings  ·  1,760 reviews
Until recently, Dr. Julia Cates was one of the preeminent child psychiatrists in the country, but a scandal shattered her confidence, ruined her career, and made her a media target. When she gets a desperate call from her estranged sister, Ellie, a police chief in their small western Washington hometown, she jumps at the chance to escape.

In Rain Valley, nothing much ever h
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Published February 28th 2006 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2006)
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Allison
I would run to the train after work just so I can sit down and read this book, and I was so sad when it ended. A little girl raised by wolves is rescued in a small town, and she changes people's lives as she adapts to her new world. Really, really good story!!
TamElaine
Going against the grain again (not something I’ve done a lot, thankfully – maybe 3 or 4 times in the last year and a half)

This dialogue in this book seemed to have a Lieutenant Horatio Caine (David Caruso in CSI Miami) undertone.

This is the third Kristin Hannah book I’ve read....I finished it in order to count the author in a reading group challenge on GoodReads – 3 books by each author to count....while the first two books I read were okay, they were in my opinion young teen novels.... But righ
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 08, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
Given the reviews I seem to be very much in the minority, but I thought this was a wretchedly written book. It had an interesting premise. Two sisters in small-town Washington state, a child psychiatrist and the town's police chief, try to help a six-year-old feral child. My problem is that from the start the book took an overly melodramatic tone as it related Doctor Julia Cates facing a decision in a lawsuit about a tragedy involving a patient of hers. Her sister, Ellie Barton, is an incongruou ...more
Linda
This was an excellent book. The story was sad, about a young girl who was kidnapped and taken deep into the woods. How she survived, and what happens to her when she re-enters society. Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite Authors....this is one of her best.
Barb Butler
Interesting plot. I struggled with the quality of the writing, the easy/awkward introduction of a romantic subplot, and the oversimplification of "small town life". Just to start, in this book "small town life" = the REPEATED mention of who was homecoming queen 20 years ago by almost EVERY adult character in the novel, loads of uninformed gossip, the collective "best friendness" of the entire police department, etc., etc., & ...etc.

I also wish the child welfare issues were researched more c
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Jennifer Stratton
I am really liking Kirsten Hannah! After reading Firefly Lane, my mom reccomended this book. It was good, the ending was the best part in that it made me cry and cry. I love when a book; someone's written thoughts; makes you so moved, that you laugh, cry, get mad at a character.

I do have to say at times, the characters did and said things that didn't feel in sync with the character development. I was very pleased with how Alice's character came out though. I did hope for a little more in that a
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Erin
OKay, I cried like a baby - Great characters, loved it!
Heather
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Janelle
Wonderful! A surprising tale of a little girl found alone, an ostracized child psychologist who comes home to help her, the homecoming-queen-turned-cop sister, the flirtatious and wildly handsome doctor who has lost a lot in his past and a quirky town who stands by them all amidst a nationwide media frenzy. Everyone wants to know more about this little girl and the renowned-turned-shunned (and misunderstood) physchologist who is committed to helping her.

This story is filled with heartache, love
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Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
You know when something completely coincidental happens but the result is so serendipitous you'd swear it was fate, the universe, or a deity of some kind pulling strings? I think that is what happened with this book.

Kristin Hannah has written a lot of books, but this is the only one I've really been drawn to reading (the others seem like they would make me really ragey or really sad). While raiding my sister's bookshelves to trade out another book I found this one, untouched and a little dusty
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Mimi
This book deals with a lot of interesting or thought provoking topics: responsibility of psychologists, love after divorce, second chances, going home, parenting, "wild child" (as in a child raised outside of society rather than a hippie or something), kidnapping, media, dangers of ignorant judgment, drunk driving, rights of biological parenting, etc. Yes, it covered quite a spectrum.

I thought most of the writing was very good. One description kind of threw me—when it said the clouds were the co
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Jennefer
First of all let me start by saying I am a HUGE fan of Hannah. I am on a mission to read every single book written by this fabulous author!! This was a great read and I highly recommend it.

The novel introduces sisters Ellie Barton and Julia Cates who are extremely different individuals. Julia is a brilliant, dedicated, work-obsessed child psychologist in Los Angeles. Ellie is beautiful and confidant plus she was the homecoming queen in her day. Ellie is now the chief of police and still lives i
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Karen
Jun 03, 2010 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, moms, fans of Jodi Picoult
When this book was recommended to me, I was anxious to get it and start reading! I must admit, that for me, this book certainly didn't start out as a 4-star book. The writing was a bit simple and trite. I didn't know much about the plot before I picked this up and hadn't read any of the other reviews--I usually don't, so I am not predisposed prior to reading a book. As I read through it, it built momentum. Initially, I remember wondering how this book could've received 4 stars with this simple a ...more
Lauren
Eh. The text box that appears when you hover over the second star in the rating bar describes it perfectly: "it was ok."

The author has an interesting premise: a disgraced psychiatrist, a little wild girl who mysteriously appears from the woods, and the "who did it?" mystery that ties it together. However, the writing just isn't that good. With some books you get over this and just enjoy the story, but I couldn't do it with this book. I felt like the author was imitating what she imagined was pow
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Ns
Magic Hour is a riveting read with much emotional consciousness on the human nature and condition. The most complex ideas and understanding of behavior, self-expression and connection embodies "Alice" who expresses emotions in the most primal, instinctive and limited way possible.

Alice is the mysterious young girl who appears unexpectedly in the town of Rain Valley without an identity and an unknown history. Immediately it is clear she is not simply an ordinary girl; she a girl unable to expres
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Kris Irvin
Riveting, as are most of Hannah's books. But I thought the ending was a little rushed and a little fake. It wasn't my favorite Kristin Hannah read but it was still okay.
Jane
Loved it.....but really love most of her stuff. Read this in 4 days.
Lydia
Could not put this book down. Book kept going until the last page.
Sheree
This is my 4th book by Kristin Hannah and another 2012 favourite. Magic Hour is quite different to Winter Garden, it has a completely different feel to it but it was just as 'unputdownable'. I'm singing Kristin Hannah's praises, she's just that good.

Kristin Hannah has a gift, not only for storytelling but for emotionally engaging her readers, tugging on their heartstrings. She excels at characterisation, exploring relationships and behaviours with a depth of emotion not contrived or melodramati
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Cathleen
"Magic Hour" by Kristin Hannah is one of those stories I just could not put down once I started to read.

On a fall day in October a little girl shows up in a tiny town in the Pacific Northwest. The little girl is hiding in a tree visibly scared, dirty and holding a wolf pup.

The local sheriff, Elle Cates, nets and tranquilizes the howling child. She is brought to the town hospital where Dr. Max has to keep her bound to the bed and sedated. The sheriff calls her sister, Dr. Julia Cates, asking he
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Debby
I REALLY liked this book! It's a story abut a feral 5-year-old girl who is lovingly and expertly coaxed into civilized life by a famous child psychiatrist whose sister just happens to be the Chief of Police in the litle town where the little girl just mysteriously appeared one day hiding in a tree holding a wolf pup in her arms. Who is this little girl and where are her parents? How did she get into the woods and how long has she been living in there? This investigation coincides with questions ...more
Filipa
3,5 stars


Uma menina é encontrada numa árvore. Encontra-se agarrada a um lobo. Está assustada, agitada e é preciso uma rede e tranquilizantes para a trazer até ao chão. Ellie, comandante de polícia da pequena cidade de Rain Valley , está encarregada de descobrir a identidade desta pequena criança que foi encontrada na orla do bosque. Desde cedo, Ellie se apercebe que há de estranho com a rapariga. Esta criança tem algo de selvagem em si, irracional. Não fala, recorre aos uivos para exprimir os
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Sandy
Spoilers in review.

This is not the kind of book I would have picked myself. It was a title that was suggested as the first read for our online book club. And what's the point of a book club if you don't read something out of your comfort zone?

Honestly the first chapter or two were pretty "dry" and a little difficult to get through. But all books require some amount of character development I just had a hard time choking through the obviousness of this book's development. Once that was set up (i
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Shyla
Magic Hour is the third book by this author that I have read. I have noticed the author, Kristen Hannah, really focuses her books on the dynamics of the releionships between the characters. Luckily, there is also usually other exciting things happening. In Magic Hour Dr. Julia Cates, a child phycologist, is faced with a major tragedy with one of her patients that jeopardizes her career and reputation as one of the best. Meanwhile back in her hometown her sister who is the chief of police of a ti ...more
Marika Gillis
Jun 16, 2009 Marika Gillis rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lauren, Andie
Shelves: fiction
A devastating blow to her professional success gives child psychiatrist Julia Cates the nudge she needs to return to to her small Washington hometown of Rain Valley.

The chief of police in Rain Vally, Ellie Cates, desperately needs her sister's psychiatric expertise after the discovery of 'Alice', a "wild" 6-year-old girl found abandoned in the forest and living with wolves.

For Julia, working with Alice begins as a desperate struggle to reclaim her professional stature but her growing love for th
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Clime
Oct 09, 2010 Clime rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that enjoys suspense and seeing characters develop in a book.
Recommended to Clime by: Tracy Anderson
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Taylor
This book had me all over the place emotionally. One minuet I was laughing so hard I could barely see, to sobbing so hard I had to stop reading enough to breathe. This is a heart warming story about finding love not in a man but in a child. In this story a little girl is found suffering from Ferial Child Syndrom. She is taken and observed by doctors who just can't figure out how to help her. Can Julia be the unlikely hero of the story as she takes lost and confused little Alice under her wings? ...more
Nettle
Ultimately an absorbing, touching, heartwarming story.

Having read three of Kristin Hannah's books, I am starting to get the impression that story openings aren't her strong point. As in the other books I've read by her, I had trouble getting into the characters and the story, but once the plot got rolling, I was hooked.

Hannah has the gift of engaging your emotions without making you feel manipulated. I think she pulls this off by creating characters that are true to their natures and to the eve
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Misplacedparisian
Julia is facing charges that weight heavy on her because they put all her work, reputation and character under the scrutiny of the courts and the media. Suddenly, she's faced with a challenge that is bigger than anything she's faced before because it involves her putting her heart on the line to save a little girl.

Girl (who soon becomes Alice) becomes a small town's mystery when she emerges from the woods, wolf pup in hand and settles at the top of a tree. They need someone to get through to thi
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Sheena  at Hot Eats and Cool Reads
This is my first book by Kristin Hannah, and I have to say I now understand why so many people love her books! A little girl, who they eventually call Alice, shows up in the middle of town. She came from the wilderness and cannot speak or communicate. Julia Cates, a psychiatrist, gets called in by her sister Ellie, who is the police chief in town to work with the little girl until her parents are found. It's not easy, but Julia and Alice have a special bond, and they start to make progress getti ...more
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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“Girls like you can't understand," Julia said, and it was true. Ellie had been popular. She didn't know that some hurts were like a once-broken bone. In the right weather, they could ache for a lifetime.” 17 likes
“Lately he'd been seen going out less and less, becoming that strangest of animals in a small town: a loner.” 14 likes
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