Comfort & Joy

Comfort & Joy

A Novel

Large Print - 2005
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In this modern-day fairy tale, New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah gives us a very special gift: the heartwarming story of a woman at a crossroads, caught between two lives, who finds a second chance at happiness. Joy Candellaro used to love Christmas more than any other time of the year. Now, as the holiday approaches, she finds herself at loose ends. Recently divorced and estranged from her sister, she can't summon the old enthusiasm for celebrating. So without telling anyone, she buys a ticket and boards a plane bound for the rural Northwest. Yet Joy's best-laid plans go terribly awry. The plane crashes deep in the darkness of a forest. Miraculously, Joy and her fellow passengers walk away from the wreckage as the plane explodes. There, amid the towering trees, Joy makes a bold and desperate decision to leave her ordinary life behind and embark on an adventure . . . just for the holidays. Daniel O'Shea has returned to the small town of Rain Valley, following the death of his ex-wife. Now he is a single father facing his son's first Christmas without a mother. Six-year-old Bobby isn't making it easy--the boy has closed himself off from the world, surrounding himself with imaginary friends. When Joy and Bobby meet, they form an instant bond. Thrown together by fate, these wounded souls will be touched by the true spirit of Christmas and remember what it means to be a family. Then a dramatic turn of events shows Joy the price of starting over. On a magical Christmas Eve she will come face-to-face with a startling truth. Now she must decide: In a time of impossible dreams and unexpected chances, can she find the faith to reach for the love she has found . . . and the new life only she believes in?
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2005.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780375435393
Characteristics: 365 p. ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Comfort and joy


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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.

Dec 12, 2013

This was a beautiful, highly addictive book, I wept, it was so moving... I would highly recommend it! I plan on reading more of this author for sure!

Icicle Jan 13, 2011

Possibly the worst book I've ever read - I finished it out of a sense of incredulity that anything so bad could ever have been published.

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