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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 ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published March 1999)
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Brittany Taylor I thought about this too. And it kills me that we have to imagine Nick and Annie's reunion!!!!

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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 been given a second chance at happiness, her world is turned upside down again, and she is forced to make a
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Pamela
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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Christine
Mar 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Clare
Mar 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
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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Pamela
Jul 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Holli
Dec 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
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!
Allie
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, own
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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Martina
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mooi ontroerend verhaal over Annie, een min of meer huissloofje, die uiteindelijk voor zichzelf kiest! Aanrader!
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
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Janie Johnson
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pick-it-for-me, 2018
Wow I really enjoyed this book. This is the third one I have read by this author, and loved them all. I found this one to be so engaging and it was also very easy to get into. I found my heart to be ripped out, put back, and then ripped out again. It was so easy to get lost between the pages in this one. I found the story to be so real and genuine. I loved the characters, the plot, the location, everything was written so beautifully which is I why I love Kristin Hannah's writing.

Annie is my fav
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Oliviana Georgescu
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O carte minunată, o poveste de viaţă impresionantă, poate cea mai frumoasă carte a lui Kristin Hannah. Am citit-o cu sufletul şi am empatizat cu Annie, cu Nick, cu Izzy - personajele mele preferate din carte - fiecare în parte atins de propria suferinţă, căreia nu-i pot face faţă singuri.
Povestea este împărţită în trei părți, fiecare din acestea începând cu un minunat citat, foarte inspirat ales.
"Ca să pornești la drum în căutarea sinelui tău nu e nevoie să cauți peisaje noi, ci să adopți o pers
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Theresa Smith
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable novel by Kristin Hannah. On Mystic Lake is an honest and reflective account of what can happen to a person when they get lost within their own lives.

Annie, the main character, was such a lovely woman and I enjoyed watching her evolve into a stronger person who, by the end of the novel, had a much truer sense of her own self-worth. I particularly appreciated the way Kristin mirrored Annie’s new life with her old life, pitting the differences between Nick and Blake as a defining
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
I enjoyed this book. I did hope that the ending would turn out the way it did so I was happy with it, but at one point I did not think it was going to be Hannah's best writing. I can't wait for my next read by Hannah.
Fadime Tüylüoğlu
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Her ne kadar basit bir konu olsa da zaman zaman gözlerim dolmadı değil. :)
Stephanie
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
What a disappointing read. Don't waste your time.
Gabrielė|Kartu su knyga
Nuo pat pirmosios perskaitytos knygos, tai buvo beveik prieš dvejus metus - tapau Kristin gerbėja.
Jos knygos nagrinėja vidinius personažų jausmus bei išgyvenimus ir įtraukia savo pasakojimo realistiškumu.
Dar ši buvo neskaityta, tad kibau su nekantrumu 🤩

Anė - moteris, kuri visuomet pirmoje vietoje galvoja apie kitus, o tik paskiausiai apie save.
Jos ir Bleiko dukrai Natalijai išvykus į koledžą, jos vyras jai pareiškia, jog nori skyrybų ir yra įsimylėjęs jaunesnę moterį.
Anei tai buvo labai netikėta
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Sonia Cristina
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A escrita é mesmo dos melhores livros de Kristin Hannah. A descrição dos sentimentos de Annie depois do marido largar a bomba são muito reais, tão sentidos.

Apaixonei-me por Mystic e pelos seus habitantes, especialmente por Hank e a sua compreensão. A descrição da pequena cidade fez-me sentir que estava lá e a gostar.

Tenho de confessar que fui espreitar o final para ter a certeza disso. Fiquei tão danada, mas tão danada com os desenvolvimentos! Mas, no final, vá, escapou, mesmo com a (view spoil
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M&M
Mar 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
DO NOT PICK UP BOOKS BY THIS AUTOR. HATE HER STYLE OF STORY TELLING. WOMEN ARE COMPLETE ONLY THROUGH MEN!

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 fel
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Tracey
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A story about Annie who is fast approaching forty. She has spent the last 20 years of her life living for her husband and her daughter. She is the sort of person who always puts other people first. It comes as a shock to her when her husband announces he is in love with another woman. This takes place on the same day she has waved goodbye to her 17 year old daughter as she embarks on a trip to England.

Annie is devastated. She returns to her home town of Mystic and sets about re-discovering the w
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Lori
Apr 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
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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Allie Thompson
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book. Finished it in a day. Was a little disappointed with the ending, but it didn’t take away from how enrapturing the story was.
Nina
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks Amanda I really like it. Heart warming for the true love
Alexandra Floarea
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4⭐ deoarece mi-a placut cum a decurs actiunea dupa ce am trecut de jumatate, deoarece mi-a placut finalul, deoarece la un moment dat m-a surprins, deoarece am inceput sa indragesc personajele si sa le inteleg mai bine. O carte usoara in care, sunt convinsa, multe persoane se vor regasi... si poate vor fi motivate sa ia atitudine precum protagonista. :) ...more
Rhonda Rae Baker
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Cititor Necunoscut
O carte "dragutica" de citit intr-o zi de iarna, pentru relaxare. Personajele sunt extrem de cliseice si previzibile, nu ies deloc din tipare si asteptari: Blake egoistul perfect, Annie draguta perfecta, Nick ranitul perfect. Toti fac ceea ce se asteapta de la ei si cam atat. Este o frumoasa poveste de dragoste, dar dupa romanele anterioare ale autoarei aveam asteptari mai mari.
Jennefer
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Katie
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Dede
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„Oamenii dispăreau uneori, iar dacă îi iubeai prea mult, cu prea multă pasiune, plecarea lor te lăsa cu sufletul pustiit.”

Mi-a plăcut mai mult decât m-am așteptat! O lectură frumoasă și plină de sensibilitate, în care Annie, personajul principal al poveștii, primește o nouă șansă de a afla cine este, de a se descoperi pe ea, cea cu-adevărat. De când și-a pierdut mama în copilărie, a ajuns să se îngrijească de toată lumea, însă de ea cine avea grijă, cine o făcea fericită? A trecut multă vreme
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Amanda O'Connor
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh. This book was okay. Well-written, of course, but I found it very sad and depressing for the first half of it. All in all, it’s sort of a tragic romance. Expected it to be more light hearted when I picked it up. Glad I read it though!
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