“Magic Hour” by Kristin Hannah
Your next unforgettable book to get lost in!
“Kristin Hannah‘s books have a way of drawing you to them, they sweep time away! Her author style is so easy to read and the covers are always amazing-Magic Hour is another 5 star win! -Green Gables Book Reviews
Julia is a well-known Child Psychologist who has now become crucified in the media because of a devastating situation with a young patient she treated who committed horrible crimes. She has been blamed legally and in the news for not (as a Psychologist) knowing her patient was going to do these terrible things. After a legal win, a devastating news article destroys any glimmer of a practice she had left. Julia soon realizes that she has given up everything for her patients and her practice and she has nothing left-no friends, no boyfriend, no hobbies. Her life feels empty.
Former Homecoming Queen and now small-town Police Chief, Ellie Barton realizes she is far out of her league when a young girl shows up in her town. The girl is found high up in a tree, holding her wolf pup. People in the town say she actually flew up into the tree. Despite best efforts, getting her down is not easy. Finally, with lots of patience and platters of food, the Chief sees a bit of movement. When the girl finally jumps down from the tree and digs into the food, a tranquilizer dart puts the wolf pup to sleep and a net is put over the girl-she howls, literally, in a cry for her wolf and a cry of fear. She is soon asleep, too, and at the hospital, with the help of a sedative.
It is hard to see the appearance of this small child! She is malnourished, dehydrated, and caked with dirt and filth. But, most shocking are the scars and marks on her body. It appears she may have been tied up at some point. Who would do this to a young child? While she is asleep, Dr. Max and the hospital staff clean her up, diaper her, take X-rays and scans and a blood sample. They desperately need to find out who this child is so her parents can be found.
Soon, Ellie realizes she needs help. It appears the child cannot speak-instead, she screams, howls, claws, hides, and avoids all human contact. She eats like an animal would and has no social skills. Ellie calls her sister Julia, and without knowing what she is needed for, Julia heads back to her small hometown, where everyone knew her as a bookworm and the Popular Girl, Ellie’s, sister.
Julia can’t believe what she is seeing-who is this poor child and where did she come from? What has happened to her in her short life? Progress is very, very slow as Julia works to get the girl to trust her. As Julia and Dr. Max work with the Girl, Ellie works through missing children’s information to try to find out who the girl could be. It is a fine balance with the media-Ellie wants to get out information to find out who she is, but wants to keep it quiet that Julia is working with her to protect her sister. To keep the media guessing, they move the Girl to Ellie’s home and Julia works with her around the clock. Her ability to learn is amazing. But, they still do not know who she is or where she came from.
Will they ever find her parents? And, if they do, will Julia be able to let this young girl she has grown to love go?
“Magic Hour” is a beautiful story about selfless love and even in your pain, finding joy again. .-Green Gables Book Reviews
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“Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, Winter Garden, Night Road, and Firefly Lane.
Her novel, The Nightingale, has been published in 43 languages and is currently in movie production at TriStar Pictures, which also optioned her novel, The Great Alone. Her novel, Home Front has been optioned for film by 1492 Films (produced the Oscar-nominated The Help) with Chris Columbus attached to direct.
Kristin is a former-lawyer-turned writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Her novel, Firefly Lane, became a runaway bestseller in 2009, a touchstone novel that brought women together, and The Nightingale, in 2015 was voted a best book of the year by Amazon, Buzzfeed, iTunes, Library Journal, Paste, The Wall Street Journal and The Week. Additionally, the novel won the coveted Goodreads and People’s Choice Awards. The audiobook of The Nightingale won the Audiobook of the Year Award in the fiction category.”
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