For twenty years, Annie Colwater has lived the safe, affluent Malibu life with her lawyer husband and talented daughter. But on the morning her daughter goes away to college, husband Blake announces he's in love with another woman and wants a divorce. Devastated, Annie returns to her childhood home, a logging village on the Olympic Peninsula of ...
For twenty years, Annie Colwater has lived the safe, affluent Malibu life with her lawyer husband and talented daughter. But on the morning her daughter goes away to college, husband Blake announces he's in love with another woman and wants a divorce. Devastated, Annie returns to her childhood home, a logging village on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, and soon volunteers to take care of young Izzie Delacroix, daughter of Nick, a girlhood flame of Annie's. His wife, Annie's childhood friend, committed suicide, leaving Nick with a drinking problem and Izzie mute, believing she's disappearing piece by piece. Annie's dad Hank can't believe Annie would so quickly enmesh herself with such a dysfunctional family, and Annie can hardly believe it either, but she's doing the only thing she knows how to do: love and take care of others. In Izzie, she sees herself: she too lost her mother at a young age; she too learned to silence her inner voice. In knowing and healing Izzie, Annie comes to know and heal herself and to demand from Nick the responsibility she never asked of her own husband. Unlike Blake, Nick rises to the occasion, and as Nick and Annie and Izzie stitch an odd patchwork family out of their separate lives, Nick and Annie fall passionately in love. Then a bolt out of the blue strikes, and Annie must make an agonizing choice that will test her new found courage and show her the high cost of playing it safe.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-01-18 In her first hardcover after a distinguished career in paperback romance (Home Again), Hannah shows what it takes for an author to make that defining leap. Never one to gush, she is more than ever disciplined in her writing, and the result is a clean, deep thrust into the reader's heart. Annie Colwater knows she's in for a spell of loneliness when her 17-year-old daughter, Natalie, leaves Southern California for a summer in London, but the teary airport farewell is just the beginning of a chaotic time. Blake, Annie's husband, tells her that he wants a divorce so he can start a new life with his sweetheart, a young partner in his law firm. Blake's a cadæa habitual philanderer, and the sort of father who forgets birthdaysæbut we don't totally blame him for bailing out. Annie is Natalie's doting mother, Blake's dutiful wife and otherwise barely there. In search of the self she must find to survive, Annie goes back to Mystic, Wash., and the home of her father, gruffly loving Hank Borne, who did his best to raise her after the early death of her mother. Maternal loss is a terrain Hannah seems to know to a harrowing fare-thee-well. Annie's redemption begins with her profound kindness to six-year-old Isabella Delacroix, whose mother, Kathyæonce Annie's best friendæhas recently died. A romance with alcoholic cop Nick, Isabella's father, unfolds tenderly and with suspense, for all its inevitability. When Annie discovers she is pregnant with Blake's child, and then gives birth prematurely to a tiny girl who may not survive, the phrase "page-turner" is redefined. In Hannah's world, nothing can be taken for granted and triumph must be earned, with hard work, truthful reckoning and tears. 100,000 first printing; first serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections; film rights optioned by Hearst Entertainment; rights sold in the U.K., Germany, France, Sweden and China. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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