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On Mystic Lake

Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (658 ratings)

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On the day her daughter leaves for college, Anne Colwater's husband of 20 years announces he wants a divorce. Her roles of wife and mother suddenly gone, Annie retreats to her childhood home of Mystic, Washington, to heal. There she finds her old friend Nick, suddenly widowed and unable to cope with his emotionally scarred young daughter, Izzie.

Annie agrees to look after Izzie, and soon finds herself caring for both father and daughter with a joy and passion she never expected - and she finds her love returned with a fervor she had never even hoped for. But love is never simple, and it is not until Annie learns a hard lesson from her own grown daughter that she finds the strength to claim the happiness she has earned.

©2004 Kristin Hannah (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Once again !Kristin Hannah has brought to life characters struggling with trust, love, family issues and one's own identity......brilliantly written and narrated by one of the very best Susan Ericksen, what a pair. Should have a sequel with same narrator. Many thanks to both.

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Never been so disappointed

Given the ratings, I expected greatness. I rarely hate a book, but what a let down! The only thing great is the narrator -- Ericksen is always fabulous. By the end, I started to wonder if Hannah had filled this book with characters from her life, supposedly to honor them but subconsciously getting revenge by demonstrating how shallow, confused, and obnoxious they are. Where to start? SPOILER ALERT: The heroine is a doormat except when sequentially betraying cheating husband and then the "hero," her old friend/new love. Hero has emotionally and largely physically abandoned his needy preschooler, drinking to obliterate terrible memories and guilt (at least he has motivation). Heroine rescues and plays mother to hero & hero's needy child, sleeps with hero though knowingly pregnant by - and planning to return to - cheating hubby. Yeah, men always put up with that! After getting both dad and daughter dependent on her, she abandons hero and child. Why? She's such a dedicated mother! She wants to give her new child the same absent, cheater father she burdened her teenage daughter with rather than the basically good man and traumatized child she loves and who love her. It takes unbelievably wise 18-year-old daughter to point out reality for Mom. Unbelievable not because an 18-year-old can't be worldly, wise, perceptive and insightful (perhaps the author was the model for this perfection), but because it would be a miracle for her to have been produced by these parents. Maybe babies were switched at birth. The only truly admirable characters are amazing teenager and traumatized preschooler. Let's not forget the conclusion! There is none. After putting up with these folks for hours, we get the non-ending of all time. On second thought, thanks. At least I can imagine recovered hero with a truly loving and worthy woman, slamming the door in heroine's face when she flits back expecting a warm welcome. If the heroine's new child is lucky she'll be raised by her sister.

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  • 06-05-10

Another Excellent Novel/Listen From Kristin Hannah

Although this novel is one of Ms Hannah's earlier works, it rates as one of my favorites (The Things We Do For Love is my Number 1 favorite) Susan Ericksen does a superb narration, I tend to search for novels narrated by Ms Ericksen and I have not been dissapointed yet. Kristin's insightful view of marriage and women's issues are beautifully portrayed. I am looking forwarding to downloading another Hannah/Ericksen audiobook

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On Mystic Lake

Love everything that Kristin Hannah writes!
I have always said that she writes about restored relationships. Mystic Lake was a bit different. In this case, I saw it as a “rediscovery of self”. Perhaps one could say it was a restored relationship with self!

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took my heart

loved it and everything about it! It truly moved me. narrator was very very good capture lot of feelings her voice

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Christine Hannah a great novelist

I love all the books that Christine Hannah has written but this one was so weak and so poor I regret that I ever bought it. but I still will read other books by this author because she's such a wonderful writer.

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Excellent

Kristin Hannah has done it again! Wonderful story, wonderful narration, a feel good enjoyable book that I didn’t want to see it end

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Absolutely loved this book!

This is the second Kristen Hannah book I’ve listened to and I think it’s my favorite. Less emotional and harrowing than Great Alone. Easy to listen to and we 40 somethings can all take something from it.

The narrator was fabulous and I will look out for more read by her. The narrator makes the book come to life.

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And They Lived Happily Everafter

It's the ending of our youth. If fairy tales. But not life. So many twists and turns. Simply put, life happens. Parenting with the best tools we have is the best we can do. Sometimes it isn't enough. This is applicable to us all.

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Very good and emotional.

I don't know if its just me or there were some spots that got me emotional. There was a little bit of repetitive parts but all in all it was a good listen.