Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah Review

Magic Hour Kristin Hannah | Ballantine Books | Pub Date: November 27, 2007

"How can we hide if they see our every move?"

Since my year on bookstagram, I have made some incredible friends. Some of those friends are right here in my home state of Arizona. Five of us formed the Phoenix IRL Book Club and our first read was Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah. This pick was made by @bookmamareviews.

I had been wanting to get into Kristin Hannah books. I ended up buying 8 of them on a whim so when Rachel suggested reading Magic Hour, I was excited to dive into my first Kristin Hannah book.

I really enjoyed this book and I think my only complaint would be that Hannah is long winded. She likes to describe everything, whether it’s necessary or not. I am not sure if her other books are this way but I imagine so.

The story however was very intriguing. A girl mysteriously arrived in a small town in Washington. She was found hiding in a tree. Ellie is the Chief of Police and her team helped retrieve the little girl from her hiding spot. Julia, Ellie’s sister, is a psychiatrist and Ellie needs her help to find out what happened to this little girl that stumbled into their town.

Julia had just gone through some STUFF back home in California, so she was more than willing to come help her sister out. Trying to help the lost girl, whom they named ‘Alice’, was exactly what Julia needed to feel like her old successful self again. Going back to Washington also helped Julia reconnect with her estranged sister Ellie.

There was a smidge of romance too. Hannah writes romance in a whimsical way but it can also be frustrating because it takes a VERY LONG time for the romances to happen and for the characters to stop being clueless.

Overall, I really enjoyed my first Kristin Hannah book. I can’t wait to read another one!

Now it’s my turn to pick our next Phoenix IRL Book Club book. Wish me luck!

Synopsis (Credit: Goodreads)

Dr. Julia Cates was one of the country's preeminent child psychiatrists until a shocking tragedy ruined her career. Retreating to her small western Washington hometown, Julia meets an extraordinary six-year-old girl who has inexplicably emerged from the deep woods nearby—a child locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation. To Julia, nothing is more important than saving the girl she now calls Alice. But Julia will need help from others, including the sister she barely knows and a handsome doctor with secrets of his own. What follows will test the limits of Julia's faith and strength, as she struggles to find a home for Alice . . . and for herself.

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