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 January 1st 1999)
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Pamela
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Holli
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
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...more
Allie
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...more
Christine
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
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...more
Hayley
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...more
Lina Talis
Read while on vacation. Easy read.
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
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Katie
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Sandys
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
Jennefer
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
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...more
Kelsey
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...more
Lori
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...more
Holley Murphy
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
Alison
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
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
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.
Stephanie
What a disappointing read. Don't waste your time.
Manuela Romero
These type of books make me want to barf! I just cannot stand women that become "complete" when they meet the right man! Here you have an intelligent women that graduated from Stanford University and then marries a man and becomes "a typical housewife" and then after he says he wants to divorce she goes on to meet the man of her dreams! The man of her dreams also happens to be the man she fell in love with during high school! She has no other life other than the life she's made around her husban...more
Kelly
Kristin Hannah has become one of my favorite authors. I don't think I've rated any of her other books less than 4 out of 5 stars. Unfortunately, I did not feel the same about this book. I felt things moved way too slowly throughout this novel and it was extremely repetitive. I would have preferred that Annie and Blake come to the realization they should get a divorce about a quarter of the way through the book instead of the last 20 or so pages. Then, more time could be spent on developing the r...more
Coralie
Although this was a good book, and I read it in two sittings, the plot was one I've read a bunch of times before. A woman who came from a small town and moved to the big city moves back home after experiencing a heartbreak, the whole town welcomes her home with open arms, and she finds a new lease on life at the Main Street Cafe. I'm trying to envision this at "The Notch" or "The Four Leaf" and I'm having a little trouble.
Donna
I had visited this area of Washington state to see my niece who lives near Seattle--so it was a treat to read the descriptions of Mystic, the lake and surrounding areas. I could easily picture the story taking place. It was a well written story and pretty realistic as far as emotions and the drama that goes on around divorce, infidelity, trajedy and the children that are involved.
Isis FG
One of the most heartrending books that I've ever read. It had me in tears more than once throughout the story. It's got a good romance, but it's not dependent on it. This book is more about the characters - what they're going through, how they're dealing, and all that.

I read this book years ago, and it still stands out in my mind as a great story.
Lisa
I can relate to so many aspects of this book at this point in my life. It moved me...it inspired me...it was beautifully written. Loved it. My favorite quote..."But now she knew that life without risk was impossible, and if by chance you stumbled across a safe, serene existence, it was because you'd never really reached for anything in the first place."
Darlene
This is the second Kristin Hannah book I've read. The characters are very heartfelt and real. You can empathize with them in their struggles. I grew to love Annie, the main character, as she grew throughout the book. In finding herself, although ending a long marriage, she found true love.
Mum
Character inconsistency kept this one far from a five star, and the four star is a weak four. I like her stories, but this one had a missing element. Too much vanished, without any awareness.
Theresa
As comfortable and soothing as only a Kristin Hannah book can be. No surprises, no mystery, just good characterization, lots of love, and a little lovely Oregon setting thrown in for good measure.
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of eighteen novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and Night Road. 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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