Always a gifted storyteller, Kristin Hannah outdoes herself with this hauntingly beautiful and richly emotional novel. A shining triumph and not to be missed!

For nearly 20 years, Annie Colwater has defined herself by her roles as wife and mother. After her 17-year-old daughter Natalie heads off to school, Annie's successful attorney husband confesses he's in love with someone else and wants a divorce. Shattered, Annie withdraws to her childhood home in Mystic, WA.

Annie is horrified to learn that her former best friend Kathy has committed suicide leaving behind a six-year-old and a devastated husband. When they were growing up, Annie, Kathy and Nick Delacroix were inseparable, but lost touch when Annie left for college. Kathy's death has wreaked havoc upon her family, Nick is sliding into alcoholism and little Isabelle starts to believe she is disappearing.

Can these damaged souls find a way to help each other recover and grow?

(On-sale Feb., 336 pp., $6.99—Hardcover published April, 1999)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith