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MAGIC HOUR
by Kristin Hannah

Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction

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Dr. Julia Cates, one of L.A.'s top child psychiatrists, has just endured a personal tragedy. Though a judge dismissed civil charges against her, she is traumatized that one of her former patients killed four other children. With her career in shambles, Julia returns to her hometown of Rain Valley, Wash.

Julia's sister, police chief Ellie Barton, has discovered a young child in the woods who exhibits the behavior of a
wild animal. Julia agrees to become the girl's foster mother and moves back into her childhood home. As she acclimates the child to her new environment, she dates Dr. Max Cerrasin, the town's handsome doctor. Together, Max and Julia learn more about trust and the meaning of unconditional love than either ever thought possible.

Hannah reaches deep into the reader's soul, unearthing emotion. The author has captured the spirit of hope and joy found through meaningful relationships. (Mar., 400 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed By: Sheri Melnick

Publisher: Ballantine

Published: March 2006

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