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Angel Falls
Angel Falls
Author: Kristin Hannah, Bruce Reizen
This richly nuanced novel tells of an ordinary man faced with an incredible dilemma - to save his wife's life he must risk losing her forever. — Michaela, beloved wife and mother of two, lies in a coma. Doctors have told her husband Liam not to expect a recovery, but he maintains hope that love can accomplish what medicine cannot. Day after day...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781567404845
ISBN-10: 1567404847
Publication Date: 4/19/2000
Edition: Abridged
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Brilliance Audio Unabridged
Book Type: Audio Cassette
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 1
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RoyalCatwoman avatar reviewed Angel Falls on + 278 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
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.
Readnmachine avatar reviewed Angel Falls on + 1438 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
When a young woman is injured in a riding accident, her husband turns to the first man she loved to bring her out of her coma, even if it means losing her forever. Good book - the author handles a theme that could have become a six-hanky Hallmark commercial and manages to make a compelling story out of it.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a well-written page-turner with "real" characters. This makes you think about the ways that love tests you and what lengths you might go to for someone you love...
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Helpful Score: 1
A very emotionally charged book - it will draw you right in.
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Helpful Score: 1
A well-written book based on "what-if"...your first true love didn't go away. worth reading!
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Good book
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Kristin Hannah is such a wonderful author and Angel Falls does not dissapoint for her fans. Such a wonderful book with a wonderful story!
heyteacher-tpm avatar reviewed Angel Falls on + 35 more book reviews
This book, like the other Kristin Hannah books that I've read so far, was a really nice read. The characters were well developed and without being overly preachy or moralistic, Hannah allows the reader, along with the characters, to explore the various types of love. There is fierce parental protective love, the almost second-nature love of the married couple, and of course the violent, all-consuming first love. Hannah's writing is easy and relaxing to read, the emotional moments of the plot are not overly heavy-handed and the book overall was enjoyable to read. I would (and did!) recommend this to a friend.
debs avatar reviewed Angel Falls on + 639 more book reviews
Enjoyed the story, good character development. Reads like a Danielle Steele book.
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I really liked this book. It was a quick read and had lots of turns and twists. The book also made me cry at times but a good cry.
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This is one of the best books that I've read lately!
waterbearer avatar reviewed Angel Falls on + 62 more book reviews
Great story of love and tragedy. One of those books I stumbled across and absolutely loved. Couldn't put it down.
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Great book, could not put it down!
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Mikayla is a loving wife with two children and known throughout the small town of Angel Falls. She suffers from a head injury and goes into a coma. Her husband sits with her, talking and singing, bringing her flowers, doing everything he can to wake her. The only word she says is "Jules" and her husband figures out, with the help of her mother and a dress found in the closet, that she was once married to movie star Julian True. At the end of his ideas, he calls Julian, hoping he will remember her and come to visit her and be able to awake her. The family is tested as Mikayla has to choose which life she will return to and where her love and loyalty lie. Her husband's love never ceases and he put himself on the line for her, but will it end in her leaving him behind?
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Angel Falls is the name of a place (fictional). It is where Mikela Campbell falls from a horse and goes into a coma. Her nine-year-old son, Bret, watches in horror as it happens.

Mikaela (aka Mike) has been married to Liam Campbell, a doctor, for ten years, and has built a happy life in the small village of Last Bend, where she is much loved by her family and by others. She was married before, and her daughter Juliana, called "Jacey", came from that marriage. Mike has said little about the former marriage and husband.

While hunting for a dress for Jacey, Liam discovers a secret: that Mike had been married to Julian True, famous actor, well known as a heartthrob. In their marriage, Mike had been known as Kayla.

The revelation shakes Liam. He has long known that his love for Mike is greater than hers for him, and she had admitted carrying a torch for this lost lover.

Liam is urged by Mike's mother, Rosa, to talk to Mike about their life. Liam goes further, surrounding her with mementoes of their life together. He talks to her every day, and when he discovers the name of her former husband, he talks about Julian. But lo! Mike reacts to the name.

In hopes of bringing Mike back from the coma, Liam contacts Julian True and asks him to come see her. Full of himself and highly successful, Julian nevertheless still harbors an affection for this first wife and he agrees. From here on Liam manages to walk a tightrope: he recognizes a special love Mike has for Julian while at the same time he hopes that she can somehow see past it to her present family and be content.

So. We suffer along with Liam and the rest while Mike lies there. Gradually waking. We listen to her thoughts, disjointed and lacking in context, as she emerges from the coma with her memory of the past fifteen years gone.

For me it was a long, slow, annoying emergence, filled with platitudes and prayer. I didn't understand how a young woman, however poor and isolated, falls for an empty shell of a man just because he promises wealth and a better life. As a young woman, Mike was intelligent and thoughtful. It seems contrary to her character that she would fall for Julian. This is the act of a flighty dreamer, and Mike was never that. So I just didn't buy it, and further did not buy her undying love for him after they parted. What was the attraction, once she had been with him? Was she blind? I just found it so hard to believe.

Easier to believe was Saint Liam's devotion to her. Although it is rare for someone to be so giving that he would let his wife walk away in order for her to be happy, it does happen, and it is the signature of real love. Liam risks all because he does know how to love.

To me, it was just too slow and sappy and dredged with religion. But I can see how it might appeal to others who are, in fact, religious.
Lissa avatar reviewed Angel Falls on + 224 more book reviews
This was a very good book about figuring out what truly matters!! I really like this author - read her others like Firefly Lane!!
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Great book, but make sure you have some tissues handy!!
Tata avatar reviewed Angel Falls on + 135 more book reviews
This was an unabridged audio cassette. It was a good listen. It was about the power of love.