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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely, compelling story, 11 April 2008
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A little girl walks out of the deep forest in Western Washington in search of food, with her is a wolf cub. She appears to be about five or six years of age, doesn't speak, but howls like a wolf; can jump fantastic heights and run remarkably fast. She has cuts and scars on her body and ligature marks on her ankle as though she has been tied up for a long time; is badly dehydrated and undernourished.

Ellie Barton, Chief of Police of Rain Valley and ex-homecoming queen, realises that she has a major problem. Who is the "wild child", where are her parents? Dr Max Cerrasin, can treat her physical injuries but is not qualified to unlock the deeply traumatised child's mind and so suggests a specialist is needed.

Ellie's younger sister Dr Julia Cates, is an eminent child psychiatrist and so Ellie phones her and asks for her help. Julia has major problems of her own. The press have hounded her for the past year and destroyed her reputation for not guessing that a young patient was about to go on a killing rampage. Her reputation destroyed, confidence wrecked, and no patients left, Julia responds to her sister's urgent call for help.
It is only when she arrives at Rain Valley that Julia learns what the plea for help was all about. She is met with the biggest challenge of her career.

Is the child deaf, mute, or autistic? None of those diagnosis fit. Then Julia sees an article on "ferral children". Those who have lived with and been "brought up by" animals and this seems to fit the child who they call Alice.

Alice goes to live with Julia and Ellie in their parents old home near the woods and gradually Julia wins the child's trust and love. However, Ellie has no luck in finding out who "Alice" really is and Alice doesn't seem to know her real name.

This is a lovely story of a traumatised child reborn by a woman's skill, determination, patience and love and the rebirth of a woman's confidence in herself. Julia needs the help of the sister who always overshadowed her and whom she now hardly knows, and a doctor who has his own share of secrets. We are taken bit by bit through Alice's and Julia's journey back into life and love.

Well worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic !!!, 5 Aug. 2013
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As ever Kristin Hanna delivers a heart warming story beautifully written - working my way through her list of books - so far not disappointed with any of them :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Aug. 2014
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A good book, worth reading
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Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah (Mass Market Paperback - 1 Nov. 2007)
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