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Waiting for the Moon

Waiting for the Moon

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by Kristin Hannah

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"Kristin Hannah is a superb storyteller."
—Kathe Robin
Romantic Times
Award-winning author Kristin Hannah creates her most spellbinding and compelling novel yet...a passionate tale of obsession, redemption, and the magic of true love.
She doesn't remember who she is or how she came to the mansion on the isolated


"Kristin Hannah is a superb storyteller."
—Kathe Robin
Romantic Times
Award-winning author Kristin Hannah creates her most spellbinding and compelling novel yet...a passionate tale of obsession, redemption, and the magic of true love.
She doesn't remember who she is or how she came to the mansion on the isolated Maine coast. Lost in a strange world filled with even stranger faces, Selena finds comfort in a man whose eyes reflect her own aloneness.
He is Ian Carrick, a brilliant physician turned recluse, hiding from life in the anonymity of this small sanctuary, haunted by a telepathic gift that has destroyed his desire to heal.
Selena comes to him, the only person he's ever met who is immune to his psychic powers. A mesmerizing innocent, she turns his life upside down, bringing light into the darkness and laughter into the silence. For her, he begins to believe in life again, to believe in himself. And then a mysterious figure from the past arrives, threatening to destroy their glorious love and the fantasy world they have created together....

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Filled with her trademark spiritual and emotional healing, this story of sugary Sturm and romantic Drang is set on the coast of 19th-century Maine. When an anonymous young woman throws herself off a cliff, battering her skull and making her face an unrecognizable mess, a frightened fisherman takes her to Lethe House, where tormented young doctor Ian Carrick looks after a pack of loonies and writes scholarly papers on septicemia. Ian, formerly a celebrated Manhattan surgeon, had been shot by a jealous husband and, after a light-filled near-death experience, he was cursed with second sight allowing him to feel the psychic pain of anyone he touches. The great thing about the young cliff-jumper, whom Ian names Selena, is that when he touches her he doesn't feel anything but growing passion. He believes that healing Selena will restore his illustrious reputation, while Selena comes to realize that Ian needs just as much spiritual rescuing as she needed medical care. Though she has lost all her memory, she quickly makes a family of the odd band of wounded humanity in Ian's care, including his mad mother Maeve. The lovers would live happily and unorthodoxly ever after if Selena were not already married (though celibately) to a Shaker and must return to the orthodox religious community until she can't take the strict rules anymore. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Surprised by an unexpected flicker of hope, the reclusive and strangely telepathic doctor Ian Carrick agrees to help a woman brought to his isolated mansion, unconscious and bruised beyond recognition, and ends up having his faith in himself and his abilities restored by the very woman he sets out to save. This intensely emotional story explores the issues of mental and physical disability, the thin line between reality and illusion, and the healing powers of compassion, belief, and love. Despite an obvious and sentimental ending, Hannah's beautiful use of language, compelling and empathetic characters, and ability to involve readers make this historical, with a hint of the paranormal, well worth reading. Readers might also find Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm (Avon, 1992) of interest. Hannah (When Lightning Strikes, LJ 8/94) lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

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Random House Publishing Group
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4.19(w) x 6.87(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Kristin Hannah's books have received numerous awards, including being named among the best books of the year by both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. She lives in a small town in Washington state with her husband and son.

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Waiting for the Moon 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read her newer novels and was skeptical of her older ones but this one was great. She really brought to life the characters and lifestyle of an insane asylum. The story has mystery and love. Excellent.
Faithfirst More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I read it once and forgot the name of it. Searched and searched for it and found it several years later. Re-read it and loved it even more. Now recommending it to my sister's book club and I also plan to re-read it for the 3rd time. The main character, Selena, is so inspirational. She reminds me how to thoroughly enjoy life, not just plod through day to day with nothing to celebrate.
Bookwoorm More than 1 year ago
Do not read this book. It is no reflection of Kristin Hannah's work.
phirehead More than 1 year ago
I love Kristin Hannah's books, but I just got this one and it's horrible! It's so slow and boring. At this point I'm just trying to get through it and finish it. I can see why she got away from this type of writing. Her more recent stuff is 100 times better.
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mytwocents310 More than 1 year ago
Having started with Kristin Hannah's contemporary books, this one was really quite different. It was historical, zanny, and extremely unusual. I believe it is the only one of her books actually set in a different location. It takes place alone the coast of Maine. I did enjoy it and I really loved watching the relationship develope between Ian and Selena. Although it did get a little slow and redundant in the early "transforming Selena" days, it was a pretty good book.
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BlondieBT More than 1 year ago
I cant believe Kristen Hannah wrote this?? I was so disapointed, It was slow and went on and on in spots that i just wish it would speed up on!! I recommend one of her other but not this one!! SORRY!!
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Future-Author More than 1 year ago
Totally loved this book! It's a slow-moving romance dating back to the early 1900's. Talk about a deep, love-each-other-more-than-self book! It was well written and the author stays true to each character.
GMN2008 More than 1 year ago
I love K. Hannah and this is one of my favorites from her. It's a completely different style from all her other books and the story line and characters are amazing. If you like K. Hannah, you must read Waiting for the Moon!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one that I couldn't put down. I have read bookcases of romance novels and only a few can hold my interest enough to not put it down. I love all sorts of romance novels, from time travel to humorous to haunting ones. If you have an open mind and a great imagination, you'll love this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have never read a romance quit like this one before. It was a mystery and a little science fiction as well.. I don't want to turn anyone off by saying that ,but it was absolutley a good good book. I was hooked! I really liked the main characters and I really felt like I was a there as a ghost just observing these people. It was a very beautiful book!!! Read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a romance, Waiting for the Moon was just about what you could expect. It was enjoyable, but having read her later works like Angel Falls and On Mystic Lake or even another romance Handful of Heaven, it fell short. The story was unusual - set around the mentally ill in the 1800's - but the characters were just a bit too cliche for me.