Angel Falls

Angel Falls

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by Kristin Hannah

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When Mikaela Campbell, beloved wife and mother of two, falls into a coma, it is up to her husband, Liam, to hold the family together, to care for their grieving, frightened children. Day after day, he sits by her bedside, telling stories of the precious life they have built, hoping, always hoping, that she will wake up. Then he discovers evidence of her secret…  See more details below


When Mikaela Campbell, beloved wife and mother of two, falls into a coma, it is up to her husband, Liam, to hold the family together, to care for their grieving, frightened children. Day after day, he sits by her bedside, telling stories of the precious life they have built, hoping, always hoping, that she will wake up. Then he discovers evidence of her secret past: a hidden first marriage to Julian True, a man no woman could resist . . . or forget. Desperate to bring Mikaela back at any cost, Liam turns to the one person who could make her respond— and who could take her out of his arms forever.

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Barnes & Noble Guide to New Fiction
From the best-selling author of On Mystic Lake comes this "sweet" story of an ordinary man who makes an extraordinary decision, gambling with a thorny question: Can the enduring love of the one who stands beside you through thick and thin compete with the passion of the soulmate who sets your world on fire? "Didn't evoke a lot of emotion." "The writing was more melodramatic than it needed to be." But others "read the book in three hours!" And called it "my staff recommendation."
Jill M. Smith
Ms. Hannah's new novel Angel Falls deftly explores love in all its variations and manifestatins. She is without a doubt one of the premier voices in women's fiction today.
Romantic Times
Washington Post
Hannah is superb at delving into her main character's psyches and delineating nuances of feeling.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Set amid the splendor of Washington State's North Cascade mountain range, Hannah's latest (after On Mystic Lake) borrows elements from soap opera, the silver screen and fairy tales to make a simple statement about the complications of love. Dr. Liam Campbell is devastated when his beloved wife, Mikaela, mother of two, suffers a horse-jumping injury that leaves her in a coma. His confusion escalates when he learns the identity of Mikaela's first husband: world-famous movie star Julian True. The biggest shock: True's is the only name she responds to. Liam senses that his Sleeping Beauty needs love to wake her up, but whose? Given the depth of his feelings for her, will he be brave enough to summon True for help, and so risk losing Mikaela forever in order to save her life? Scenes reminiscent of Kramer vs. Kramer occur where Liam tries to be mom to their nine-year-old son; the suds world takes over when Mikaela finally wakes, but with retrograde amnesia, thinking she's still married to True and with no memory of Liam; and It's a Wonderful Life brings the curtain down. In keeping with the popular convention of giving voice to spirituality, the novel employs religious overtones, which will please some readers while leaving others feeling molested by an angel. Mikaela and Liam are sweet characters, even relentlessly good ones, so many will find them likable even as they float smoothly toward an easy conclusion. 125,000 first printing. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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“A tearjerker . . . about the triumphs of family.”—Detroit Free Press
“An all-night reading affair—you won’t be able to put it down. . . . [Angel Falls will] make you laugh and cry.”—New York Post
 “A jewel . . . Hannah has executed her premise perfectly and plumbed its implications for every ounce of feeling.”San Jose Mercury News
“Hannah writes of love with compassion and conviction.”—Luanne Rice

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What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened . . .
T. S. Eliot, from "Burnt Norton"

Chapter One

In northwest Washington state, jagged granite mountains reach for the misty sky, their peaks inaccessible even in this age of helicopters and high-tech adventurers. The trees in this part of the country grow thick as an old man's beard and block out all but the hardiest rays of the sun. Only in the brightest months of summer can hikers find their way back to the cars they park along the sides of the road.

Deep in the black-and-green darkness of this old-growth forest lies the tiny town of Last Bend. To visitors -- there are no strangers here -- it is the kind of place they'd thought to encounter only in the winding tracks of their own imaginations. When they first walk down the streets, folks swear they hear a noise that can only be described as laughter. Then come the memories, some real, some manufactured images from old movies and Life magazine. They recall how their grandmother's lemonade tasted . . . or the creaky sound of a porch swing gliding quietly back and forth, back and forth, on the tail end of a muggy summer's night.

Last Bend was founded fifty years ago, when a big, broad-shouldered Scotsman named Ian Campbell gave up his crumbling ancestral home in Edinburgh and set off in search of adventure. Somewhere along the way -- family legend attributed it to Wyoming -- he took up rock climbing, and spent the next ten years wandering from mountain to mountain, looking for twothings: the ultimate climb and a place to leave his mark.

He found what he was looking for in Washington's North Cascade mountain range. In this place where Sasquatches were more than a campfire myth and glaciers flowed year round in ice-blue rivers, he staked his claim. He drove as close to the mighty Mt. Baker as he could and bought a hundred acres of prime pastureland, then he bought a corner lot on a gravel road that would someday mature into the Mount Baker Highway. He built his town along the pebbly, pristine shores of Angel Lake and christened it Last Bend, because he thought the only home worth having was worth searching for, and he'd found his at the last turn in the road.

It took him some time to find a woman willing to live in a moss-chinked log cabin without electricity or running water, but find her he did -- a fiery Irish lass with dreams that matched his own. Together they fashioned the town of their combined imagination; she planted Japanese maple saplings along Main Street and started a dozen traditions-Glacier Days, the Sasquatch race, and the Halloween haunted house on the corner of Cascade and Main.

In the same year the Righteous Brothers lost that lovin' feeling, Ian and Fiona began to build their dream home, a huge, semicircular log house that sat on a small rise in the middle of their property. On some days, when the sky was steel blue, the glaciered mountain peaks seemed close enough to touch. Towering Douglas firs and cedars rimmed the carefully mowed lawn, protected the orchard from winter's frozen breath. Bordering the west end of their land was Angel Creek, a torrent in the still gloaming of the year, a quiet gurgling creek when the sun shone high and hot in the summer months. In the wintertime, they could step onto their front porch and hear the echo of Angel Falls, only a few miles away.

Now the third generation of Campbells lived in that house. Tucked tightly under the sharply sloped roofline was a young boy's bedroom.

It was not unlike other little boys' rooms in this media-driven age -- Corvette bed, Batman posters tacked to the uneven log walls, Goosebumps books strewn across the shag-carpeted floor, piles of plastic dinosaurs and fake snakes and Star Wars action figures.

Nine-year-old Bret Campbell lay quietly in his bed, watching the digital clock by his bed flick red numbers into the darkness. Five-thirty. Five thirty-one. Five thirty-two.

Halloween morning.

He had wanted to set the alarm for this special Saturday morning, but he didn't know how, and if he'd asked for help, his surprise would have been ruined. And so he snuggled under the Mr. Freeze comforter, waiting.

At precisely 5:45, he flipped the covers back and climbed out of bed. Careful not to make any noise, he pulled the grocery sack from underneath his bed and unpacked it.

There was no light on, but he didn't need one. He'd stared at these clothes every night for a week. His Halloween costume. A sparkly pair of hand-me-down cowboy boots that they'd picked up at the Emperor's New Clothes used-clothing shop, a fake leather vest from the Dollar-Saver thrift shop, a pair of felt chaps his mom had made, a plaid flannel shirt and brand-new Wrangler jeans from Zeke's Feed and Seed, and best of all, a shiny sheriff's star and gun belt from the toy store. His daddy had even made him a kid-sized lariat that could be strapped to the gun belt.

He stripped off his pj's and slipped into the outfit, leaving behind the gun belt, guns, chaps, lariat, and ten-gallon hat. Those he wouldn't need now.

He felt like a real cowboy. He grabbed the index card with the instructions on it -- just in case -- and went to his bedroom door, peeking out into the shadowy hallway.

He peered down at the other two bedrooms. Both doors were closed and no light slid out from underneath. Of course his sixteen-year-old sister, Jacey, was asleep. It was Saturday, and on the day after a high-school football game, she always slept until noon. Dad had been at the hospital all night with a patient, so he'd be tired this morning, too. Only Mom would be getting up early-and she'd be in the barn, ready to go, at six o'clock.

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Angel Falls 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 251 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
During the reading of this book, I noticed the tears that were falling from my eyes. The lengths that Liam went to help his wife are truly touching. If you want to read a book about the deep love a man feels for his wife...this is the book for you!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose Kristin Hannah's book at random in the book store. I am glad I did. I will add Kristin Hannah's name to my list. I am an avid reader, and her writing is excellent.!!! Repeat buyer, for sure....
robbieRB More than 1 year ago
Loved the book ,could not put it down
Guest More than 1 year ago
Last night I went to a grocery store and I went to the book/magazine section. Angel Falls caught my eye, I picked up the back of the book and read it. It seemed interesting so I read a little bit from the book. I was interested, so I bought it and took it home. I started reading from the beginning at about 8:30 (at night), and I read on until 1 o'clock in the morning. I couldn't put it down for some reason! I woke up, and picked it up again. I read this novel in less than 24 hours because I couldn't put it down...It was an amazing book and I loved it. It was sad, and the author is a great writer. I'd reccomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down..what a great story!! Now I want to read more of her books....fantastic!
Anonymous 8 days ago
It was ok. Not my favorite Kristin Hannah book by far.
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Anonymous 3 months ago
Never read one of her books I did not cry at the end. Writes a great book each and every time
mybookfriends 3 months ago
After reading, I sought more books by the author. All good reads.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This was 3rd book I've read by this author and will probably not be the last, although not my favorite. A lot of different ways to look at love and types of love. A bit too drawn out for me and a tad unbelievable. The kids are almost too good, although I am sure everyone wishes their children wewe that good. Liam is just about perfect. It was just "too" for me. I am not sure why the topic of where the barrels or bars placement for the horse jumping were of such significance to Bret. It was brought up twice but nothing ever came of it. Still a good story I finished just not my 1st recommendation for this author.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love this book, it shows how precious the right kind of love is and what can happen in a blink of an eye. How one thing can effect others. Great read, but keep the tissues close by.
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helenstam More than 1 year ago
This was a great story that I enjoyed very much. I loved the characters, especially the strength if Liam and the sacrifice he made possibly losing his wife to another man. It took a lot of strength for Liam to risk losing his wife in order to hopefully bring her out of her coma. There were family dynamics, children's hurt feelings, and secrets from the past. A good, heartwarming story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her book angel falls and she is a great storyteller and going to read her books..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book, while not the best, it definitely was still pretty good. The plot made me not want to put it down, while the characters formed a bond with me. Each character held its own, unique, characteristics. Everything was aligned perfectly, but it could have been a bit more detailed at parts, saving time for explain where they were later on in the story. Otherwise, all in all, it was a very great book and would definitely recommend it to anyone seeking peace and passion throughout the plot.
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