Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah
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.
Book Title: Comfort & Joy
Author: Kristin Hannah
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Amazon rating: 4.1
Reviewer: Stephanie Ayers
My rating: 5 stars
After reading Firefly, I knew I had to read more Kristen Hannah and as it was Christmas season, I managed to pick up Comfort & Joy at a flea market. I dived in with high expectations and Hannah did not disappoint. From the moment the accident occurs, I am thrust into Joy’s world, from her POV, which is really gripping. I can feel her lostness, her struggle to figure out where she is, and how she survived. From the first moment she sets foot in the house to the last, the story is one fast ride after another. Packed with emotion, charm, and even a ghost, Hannah definitely knows how to touch the heartstrings in this one, with characters you’ll fall in love with, little boys you’ll wish were yours, and love story you could only dream of.
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