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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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Kate Probably happened after the birthday party the weekend before he initially tells her he wants a divorce. She says "but we made love: after the party. …moreProbably happened after the birthday party the weekend before he initially tells her he wants a divorce. She says "but we made love: after the party. That timeline fits better becuase she is still weeks away from the end of the 3 months when she finds out. (less)

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Tom Lewis
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kristin Hannah spoils me with her amazing writing. I’m sure I’ll have to turn in my “man card” for saying this, but she melted me with this story about Annie, a woman who gets a second chance at life after having twenty years of marriage and her life uprooted by her cheating asshole husband. While it’s not “The Nightingale” or “The Great Alone,” it’s still an easy 5 stars, and better than 99.9999999% of the books you’ll read.
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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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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.
Pamela
Jul 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
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Pamela
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novel is beautifully written, rich with deep insights on the complexities of love, relationships, and marriage. I read it in one sitting- that is how profound I found the storyline.
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: 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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Sana Sayed
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
There are a lot of women who will relate to this novel and love it. I actually thought of many women in my own life as I was reading it--women who've unexpectedly found themselves needing to redefine/define themselves because of a triggering life event. However, this novel is definitely more in the Eat, Pray, Love category than in the caliber of Hannah's later novels (The Great Alone, Winter Garden, and The Nightingale).
Random aside and personal bias: Hannah repeatedly paints a picture of South
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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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Katie B
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After sending off her daughter to live overseas, Annie Colwater is devastated when her husband confesses he has been having an affair and wants a divorce. Annie decides a change of scenery might lift her spirits so she heads to her childhood home of Mystic, Washington. She soon finds out that her first love, Nick, has recently lost his wife and both Nick and his young daughter, Izzie, are having a hard time coping with the death. As the three of them spend more and more time together, each one m ...more
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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Stephanie
Jul 06, 2014 rated it did not like it
What a disappointing read. Don't waste your time.
bookswithpaulette
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another KH Novel. She cannot do wrong in my eyes. Love her books.
Full review to come
TeriLyn
I bought this book on sale from Amazon, my first Kristin Hannah book. I must say I hope the rest are better than this one because there are several that I really want to read. There's so much in this story that feels forced, convenient, and off-kilter. The heroine protagonist gave me whiplash. At first, I understood her plight and what was happening in her life and sympathized with her. Actually, in the beginning I really related to her and where her life is now versus who she was when she was y ...more
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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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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Michele
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
"I thought you grieved for a few respectable months and then got on with your life. I didn't know how... deep love ran, how it was in your blood, not your heart, and how that same blood pumped through your veins your whole life. I thought you'd be better off if you could forget her. I should have known that wasn't possible." You can always count on Kristin Hannah to make you feel. This is a story of self-discovery. How a marriage can deteriorate when you lose yourself in someone else. How you ca ...more
Ana Vizentim
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
5 heartbreaking Stars

What a beautiful book!!!!!
I felt so much!!!!
Loved Izzy!!!!

This was mir first of many Kristin Hannah's book.
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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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Beverly Duffy
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Felt like watching a lifetime movie. Enjoyed the characters.
Katie
Apr 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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.
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
Sorina Georgiana
Feb 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
It is not an exceptional book, but it is not bad either. Probably the thing that made me want to finish the book was curiosity, nothing more.
3,5/5
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
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