Comfort & Joy

Comfort & Joy

A Novel

Book - 2005
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New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah is beloved by readers around the world for her unique blend of powerful emotion and exquisite storytelling. In Comfort & Joy, she offers a modern-day fairy tale--the story of a woman who gets a miraculous chance at happiness.

Joy Candellaro once loved Christmas more than any other time of the year. Now, as the holiday approaches, she is at a crossroads in her life; recently divorced and alone, she can't summon the old enthusiasm for celebrating. So without telling anyone, she buys a ticket and boards a plane bound for the beautiful Pacific Northwest. When an unexpected detour takes her deep into the woods of the Olympic rainforest, Joy makes a bold decision to leave her ordinary life behind--to just walk away--and thus begins an adventure unlike any she could have imagined.

In the small town of Rain Valley, six-year-old Bobby O'Shea is facing his first Christmas without a mother. Unable to handle the loss, Bobby has closed himself off from the world, talking only to his invisible best friend. His father Daniel is beside himself, desperate to help his son cope. Yet when the little boy meets Joy, these two unlikely souls form a deep and powerful bond. In helping Bobby and Daniel heal, Joy finds herself again.     

But not everything is as it seems in quiet Rain Valley, and in an instant, Joy's world is ripped apart, and her heart is broken. On a magical Christmas Eve, a night of impossible dreams and unexpected chances, Joy must find the courage to believe in a love--and a family--that can't possibly exist, and go in search of what she wants . . . and the new life only she can find.

Publisher: New York :, Ballantine Books,, [2005]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780345483676
Branch Call Number: FIC HAN
Characteristics: 237 pages ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Comfort and joy


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Mar 18, 2021

Quick read, with a surprise at the end.

Mar 18, 2021

The wait list for this book at my library seems to be inversely related to the reviews here on Goodreads. Sure it is much shorter than your regular KH book and is not historical fiction, but that does not mean it is missing that KH magic. This is a fairy tale -- actually a fable as noted on the cover. And it is a holiday title. Does it have that holiday magic? I definitely say it does. The first part goes on a bit long, but then you hit part two and "Bang." Stuff starts really happening. For me it is not quite up to the storytelling we have seen from Richard Paul Evans, but is most certainly a book I would recommend for holiday reading, even consider it as a gift. A PG read (infidelity witnessed early on).

Feb 09, 2021

"Comfort and Joy" is, in a word, Magical. There's no better way of describing it. The main character, Joy, embarks on a new adventure not realizing that through tragedy, it will take her to a whole new world. When I first read this book, I was disappointed because I found it to be unbelievable. However, when I read it a second time I just fell in love with this magical storyline. Once you realize that the underlying tone of this story is magical and not "realistic", you should find it thoroughly enjoyable.

Dec 20, 2020

This fable is quite moving. There are times when I wondered what is reality and what is fantasy . . .or magic. Lovely, sweet story. It will make you smile.

Dec 15, 2020

I really didn't like this book. Like others said not believable and not feel good at all. Wish I hadn't read it around Christmas.

Dec 02, 2020

A wonderful Christmas read!

Nov 28, 2020

Not a very good book. Kept waiting for more but didn't deliver. Not believable at all. Generally like her books but missed the mark on this one.

Mar 11, 2020

I really enjoy most of her books, but this one wasn't one of her better books. It was good enough to keep reading to the end, but I can't say that I recommend it.

Apr 13, 2019

Reads more like a short story. Not her best work.

Mar 22, 2018

One of the worst books I have ever read.
So far fetched and ridiculous. Odd and strange.
Very disappointing.

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