Deep in the Pacific Northwest lies the Olympic National Forest – nearly one million acres of impenetrable darkness and impossible beauty. Even in this modern age, much of it remains undiscovered, and uncharted. From the heart of this old forest, a six-year-old girl appears. Speechless and alone, she can give no clue as to her identity, no hint of her past…
Until recently, Dr. Julia Cates was one of the preeminent child psychiatrists in the country, but a scandal shattered her confidence, ruined her career, and made her a media target. When she gets a desperate call from her estranged sister, Ellie, a police chief in their small western Washington hometown, Julia jumps at the chance to escape her troubled life in Los Angeles.
In Rain Valley, Washington, nothing much ever happens-until a girl emerges from the deep woods and walks into town. She is a victim unlike any Julia has ever seen: a child locked in a world of unimaginable fear and isolation.
When word spreads of the “wild child” and the infamous doctor who is treating her, the media descend on Julia and once again her competence is challenged. State and federal authorities want to lock the girl away in an institution until an identification can be made.
But to Julia, who has come to doubt her own ability, nothing is more important than saving the girl she now calls Alice. To heal this child, Julia will have to understand that she cannot work alone and must look to others – the people in the town she left long ago, the sister she barely knows, and Dr. Max Cerrasin, a handsome, private man with secrets of his own.
Then a shocking revelation forces Julia to risk everything to discover the truth about Alice’s past. The ordeal that follows will test the limits of her faith, her forgiveness, and her love as she struggles to determine where Alice truly belongs.
In her most ambitious novel to date, Kristin Hannah delivers an incandescent story about the resilience of the human spirit, the triumph of hope, and the mysterious places in the heart where love lies waiting.
Holy cow Batman… THIS BOOK! Honestly, I don’t think Kristin can write a bad book. All of her books, I know I keep saying this, but they take you to another world. I haven’t read an author that does this for me as well as she does. Everything she writes makes you honestly feel like you are the main character(s) and that you’re living what they are going through in the book. There were so many times during this that after I put the book down, I kept thinking about the book and “what I would do if I was in that situation”.
This story is told in four points of view.
Julia: A psychiatrist who is going through a tough time. A client committed a terrible act towards others and then sadly herself, and the media has crucified her for it. She feels alone.
Ellie: Julia’s older sister, who is the shining star of Rain Valley. Once the high school sweetheart, now she is the Chief of Police.
Alice: The “wolf girl” known to people in Rain Valley. A little girl who has had a rough upbringing and was found by Ellie and the rest of the people in Rain Valley.
Max: An “eye candy” doctor from Los Angeles who ran to Rain Valley to get away from what happened in his past.
I really don’t have a favorite part in this story. It honestly got to me from beginning to end. The characters in this book really all resinated with me in some way. Julia has been heartbroken in the past and she’s needed to get away from the scandal that is happening in her life. Who hasn’t had something bad happen in their life and has wanted to just pick up and leave? I know I have! Ellie has been married twice and is just looking for someone to love her and give her children. Isn’t that what a lot of people are looking for? Someone to come home to every night? Alice is scared and doesn’t really know what is happening around her. Then she meets someone who she is able to trust and love, as well as for them to love her back. Isn’t that what everyone wants? Someone to trust and to love? Someone who you know won’t leave you, who will be with you when you need them the most? Lastly, there’s Max. Max, like Julia, is running away from his past. That is until he meets someone that makes everything, love in particular, all worth it again. I don’t know about you, but I am looking for everything the characters are wanting/looking for.
I give this book