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On Mystic Lake

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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 ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published April 4th 2000 by Ballantine Books (first published March 1999)
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Pamela
Jul 08, 2014 Pamela rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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Holli
Jul 06, 2009 Holli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another amazing book by kristin hannah! i was able to truly connect with annie and see some of myself in her. authors that can do that for me really earn my respect. highly recommend this one!
Clare
Mar 19, 2010 Clare rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: someone-cheats
My husband asked me, "Is that the Sean Penn movie you're reading?" and I said, "No, that's Mystic River, not On Mystic Lake."

I was so disappointed in On Mystic Lake. Kristin Hannah writes such well-thought out, full, compelling characters that I had really high expectations. (Firefly Lane is amazing!)

When Annie's teenage daughter leaves for a semester abroad, Annie thinks she and her husband can finally reconnect. Instead, he tells her he's in love with another woman and leaving her. Cliche, sur
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Allie
Jan 06, 2012 Allie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2012
This book was insane! For the first book that I've read by Kristin Hannah I was pleasantly surprised. On mystic lake was powerful and real. A book that captures the world we live in that vividly is beyond powerful.

Annie is hit by life changing events when her husband confesses that he is in love with another woman. Her world is shattered. Nick is now a widower trying to somehow figure out how to be a single father.

On mystic lake made me so mad I could throw it against a wall. But something abou
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Pamela
Jul 07, 2015 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books
3.5 stars. This is a story about choices and how those choices define us. There were certainly parts that I really liked, but, for me, I would have liked the ending better if Annie would have made her final choice sooner so the author could've written more of a tender ending. Some subjects and storylines were tough, but I did love little Izzy. I think if the characters would have had some more backbone, this would be rated higher from me.
Christine
Mar 08, 2011 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The cover of this book should have Fabio on it because it is a pathetic Harlequin romance book masquerading as a novel. The characters are stereotypical and flat. The plot is predictable. Had it not been the choice for my bookclub I would have tossed it at chapter 1. And yes, I am working to have the person who selected this for bookclub removed from the club and placed into a PTA coffee clatch.
Katie
Mar 06, 2012 Katie rated it it was amazing
This was a re-read for me. The first time I read it I did not write a review, but this time I just can't not write one. With the emotions On Mystic Lake brought out in me I feel the need to share the experience.

Annie is the perfect wife and the perfect mother. Well at least she thought she was before her 17 year old daughter left on a 3 month trip to Europe about an hour before her husband told her he was in love with another YOUNGER woman and wanted a divorce.

When her husband first leaves her
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Laurie
Oct 31, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again I'm impressed by this author. I enjoyed the characters in this book as I felt they were "real" definately recommend for Hannah fans!
Hayley
Dec 25, 2015 Hayley rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary Romance Lovers
Well I decided to pick this up after reading Firefly Lane. I enjoyed On Mystic Lake but not as much as Firefly Lane. This story is about a woman named Annie who has lived her life as a giver, a supporter, a caretaker basically. She has always given fully and never quite received the same response from her Husband, Blake. He works too much (Lawyer) and ends up cheating on Annie and asks for a divorce right after their daughter goes to London.

Shock shelled over this news Annie tries to plead with
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Jennefer
Dec 30, 2012 Jennefer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a HUGE Kristin Hannah fan and I will read anything she writes. I truly enjoyed the story line of this novel. As we begin this novel, we are introduced to Annie and Blake Colwater as they escort their daughter Natalie to the airport. Natalie is leaving for London and plans to spend several months studying there. On the drive home from the airport, Blake surprises Annie by asking for a divorce. Annie is in complete and total shock and is in the midst of completely falling apart. As her world ...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
There are two sides to every story and there are two that must share the blame for divorce even under the worst circumstances. A woman's silent acceptance of the husband is ever bit as ruinous to the marriage as would be his selfishness. Together they can create a dynamic that can't succeed because it contains no honest intimacy or true parity. This is how Kristin made these characters true to like and extremely human. The depth of this story us unparalleled and I couldn't put it down. Read it i ...more
Ceren Ünlü
Aug 03, 2015 Ceren Ünlü rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Angela
Apr 25, 2016 Angela rated it it was ok
Shelves: re-read
When Annie's husband of 20 years tells her he's met someone else and he wants a divorce, she retreats to her father's house in her hometown. She is understandably lost and depressed, until she meets up with Nick, a boy she was in love with in high school who went on to marry her childhood best friend, Kathy. After Kathy kills herself, Nick is floundering and can't properly take care of his daughter Izzy. Annie and Nick help each work through their problems, but Annie is torn between her burgeoni ...more
Stephanie
Jul 12, 2014 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a disappointing read. Don't waste your time.
Kristilyn
Jan 13, 2012 Kristilyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Katie
May 01, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Booklover
This book was terrific,a beautiful story about three healing souls who learn that bad things do happen but you can get around themi got involved so intensely with Annie cried with her,laughed with her though i m a little angry with her for some decisions she took but at the end i m content with how the story ends

Annie, is getting a divorce from her husband who claims to love another woman. Trying to come to grips with her failing marriage, Annie returns home to Mystic to spend some time with her
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Sandys
Feb 14, 2011 Sandys rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Annie Colwater is in for a rude awakening. How could you live with someone for 20 years and not realize that the last 10 years have been a lie. The only daughter of Annie and Blake Colwater is going to London for a few months and then will be off to college, leaving Annie and Blake to move on with their lives. Little does Annie know that life will be turned upside down by four words "I Want A Divorce." Trying to move on with some semblance of living, Annie goes home to Mystic, Washington to stay ...more
Christina (Reading Thru The Night)
The Short of It

Home holds the heart and answers.

The Long of It

Annie just finds out her husband is in love with someone else and wants a divorce right around the time her daughter graduates high school and goes off to Europe for the summer. Having always identified herself through her husband and daughter, Annie does the only thing she can think of – pack up her bags and return to the small town she grew up in.

Much like stereotypical small towns, not everyone gets out, including her high school s
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Kelsey
May 05, 2010 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite how many of Kristin Hannah's books I've read, she always manages to keep me in suspense until the last page... I never know how she'll finish each character's story, which is definitely what keeps me picking up her books! I get pretty tired of the same forumulas used in many other author's books...

I really enjoyed this story and fell in love with little Izzy immediately! I loved every part that was told from her perspective and found myself wanting to read faster through the other parts
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Lori
Apr 15, 2013 Lori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have actually liked two Kristin Hannah novels very much. Not this one.

Romances are, to me, good reads when they are not dealing with heavy subjects like adultery, suicide, single parenthood, depression, etc. When these subjects are involved you need full-bodied characters instead of sterotypes which this book had nothing but.

Nick was the only character I found real. They were like paperdolls you cut out from the Sears catalog. You can make them do this and that but in the end they aren't rea
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Holley Murphy
Jun 11, 2011 Holley Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! When I began reading this one, I had just come from a 6 day trip with a special group of girlfriends to the area of Washington state where it is set. I actually bought the book while on the trip because the bookshop owner kept pushing it to me. I had no idea how much I would really love it or how fast it would grab my attention. It's the story of a woman who has just sent her only child off to college and then has the rug pulled out from under by a cheating husband. She decides ...more
Meital Ben-Daniel
Oct 19, 2015 Meital Ben-Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-saga
Another beautiful book of Kristin Hannah. I'm just hooked !

Does Annie stay with her husband in a comfortable marriage of 20 years or does she dare take a chance at a new life, when there are some difficult factors in this "simple" equation. Find out !


Sam
Nov 02, 2014 Sam rated it really liked it
So I'll give it a 4.00. My only pet peeve, by page 68, I knew the entire plot, the ups and downs and how it would end: only the details to be filled in. Granted it was a true to life Story and the hearts of the characters were so vulnerable and you rooted for each of them as if you were right there. Sweet book: wishing for yearly CHRISTMAS card to keep up on their lives....maybe a sequel?
Kathi
May 14, 2016 Kathi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Well, yes, it's "chick lit", but it is well written, not as predictable as I thought it might be, and I cried several times, so what can I say? Characters with plenty of shades of gray and about whom I cared. Perfect rainy afternoon book.
Jamie
Jan 04, 2016 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed, I cried, I loved and mourned. As I fell in love with the main character Annie, I not only could identify myself with her, I was taken on a journey about love and loss. Living to please others and finally learning that it's ok to go for what you want. Life doesn't have to be about how you make others feel, but in finding true happiness for yourself. Even if it's not what you had pictured.
Alison
Nov 04, 2011 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Hannah's stories always intrigue me because she often goes places I don't think she's going to. It's fluffy and light but there's sometimes an undercurrent of substance that I enjoy. That said, her writing in this book leaves something to be desired--it's one of her earlier ones and I can definitely see that she's grown in terms of the disgustingly corny prose that makes me cringe, that is to say, she's gotten better at avoiding it. I enjoyed the parts of the book in Mystic with Izzy and ...more
Tamara
Aug 15, 2012 Tamara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author. I was a little disappointed. I have seen many readers give this book a 4 or 5 star rating but I just couldnt say that I even liked it that much. It was a little heavy and kinda of depressing. I didnt like how the main character kept helping or being there for everyone else but never really seemed to take care of herself. Even towards the end when she started to stand up for herself it was not as convincing as it should have been. The ending was ...more
Susan
Feb 24, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first by Kristin Hannah and I loved it. Great story with great characters. Could have been a bit of a tear jerker if I had been in "that mood". But I still loved the story very much.
Julie Hume
Jul 05, 2015 Julie Hume rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me only two days to read. What a touching story that I will save for my daughter to read some day. Dreams are meant to be lived and we are destined to be what we have envisioned ourselves to be. Beautiful story that touched my heart. I wanted the next installment after I was finished reading!
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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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