Comfort and Joy

Comfort and Joy

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Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah, Sandra Burr

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597379052
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 6
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of many acclaimed novels, including On Mystic Lake, Between Sisters, The Things We Do for Love, Comfort & Joy, and Magic Hour. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and on Kauai with her husband and son.

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Comfort and Joy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 253 reviews.
jdogjojo04061956 More than 1 year ago
Rosewarrior62 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy everything by Ms. Hannah. Her books take you to another time and place, transporting the reader right into the story. Her story lines & plots are always exciting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joy Candellaro used to LOVE the Christmas season. But after finding out about her husband and her sister, Joy is not feeling very joyful. Tired of it all, she hops on a plane and disappears from her frustrating life - at least for a little while. ..................... Daniel O'Shea is a widow with an eight-year-old son, Bobby, who is about to have his first Christmas without his mother. Bobby is not adjusting too well and is making it harder on Daniel. In fact, Bobby seems to be distancing himself from the world around him and slipping into deep depression. ........................ Then Joy and Bobby meet. These two disillusioned people may be able to help each other ... and Daniel as well. ...................... ***** In my opinion, this is one of the best novels I've read for this year's holiday season. Author Kristin Hannah has proven time-and-time-again that she has an almost mystical way of making her readers empathize with her characters. This story is no different. You will be snared quickly and be in no rush to free yourself. Awesome! *****
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Christmas isn't a time for cynicism or skepticism. It's a time when miracles can happen, which is almost what occurs in the life of Joy Candellaro. As our story opens it seems that Joy isn't aptly named because there's not much in her life but betrayal and misery. Her divorce from Thom is still new enough to pain and her sister is the one who caused it. Not a time for family happiness! In spite of all this, Joy determines to celebrate her first Christmas on her own with a tree, the trimmings, and an eye-popping gift that she certainly feels she deserves. However, the holly and tinsel go by the board when her sister, Stacey, drops by to announce that she's going to have Thom's baby. Joy sees red, and buys an airline ticket for Canada. Does she know anyone there? No. Does she know what she'll do when she gets there? Has no idea. She simply wants to escape from a life that has become untenable. Kristin Hannah fans know that there's good news in the offing, and they'll not be disappointed or surprised when Joy meets a father and son who are enduring more than their share of sorrow. You know what they say about comfort and joy. Sandra Burr gives a splendid reading of this story of second chances - if you have the courage to accept them. - Gail Cooke
Francena More than 1 year ago
I love Kristin Hannah's books. I just got my new color Nook and this was a wonderful way to start. She has a magical way of writing and making you feel you are living through her books. The only disappointment is that her books come to an end. You feel like you want them to go on and on. This was definitely a "must" read. I would recommend this book for any time of the year but it was even more special since it is the Christmas season!
madoat More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this author. I had never read anything by her and I now look forward to reading more.
Pups2luv More than 1 year ago
This book makes a person think of how the mind heals in the times of crises. Can it be possible? Loved the story, even if it was questionable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although the book starts strong, the relationships are not believable because the character development is simply not there. I reccomend the book for a.quick, easy read, nothing more. I wanted to throw my nook across the room at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What starts as betrayal does not always end that way. Very talented Author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Twilight Zone, coma-induced experience is not what I found unrealistic (that was kind of neat actually), rather it was Joy's ability to forgive what her sister did to her. I understand getting to a level of acceptance when something bad happens, but to allow her sister back into her life as if what she did to her was a forgettable thing, well, I'm struggling with the words to express my indignation. How do you move forward with trust and respect toward someone whose capable of that kind of deceit and betrayal? And how do you have a relationship without these things? I did NOT get it. That was more surreal than her coma experience. And when I realized that was the direction Joy was heading, I had to make a decision about continuing on with the book. I kept reading because I wanted to see about Bobby and his dad. But then that ended up being a let down as well because of the abrupt way Ms. Hannah ended the book. I turned the last page thinking I was moving on to the final chapter or at least an Epilogue, but all I found was an excerpt to her next book (which I didn't read, by the way. I was far too put out with her at this point to read any more of her work). Very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first half of the book was great. The ending (living in 2 worlds) just wasn't plausable and therefore left you with a sour taste in your mouth. I have read all of her previous books but this one was phoned in not written from the heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Upon reading the other reviews, it is a reminder of how cynical the world is. Is this plot realistic? Not quite, but it is oh, so magical, just like the Christmas season. While I do agree that the whole betrayal issue was upsetting to say the least, since I've been through something similar in my life, the pure magic of the storyline was enough to turn it around. This book actually gave me the chills, and happy tears. Definitely a must read.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Joy has had a rough year, her husband and her hit a rough patch and he has ventured into the arms of another woman.  She isn't feeling satisfaction on the job and overall life isn't going well for her.  So she ends up on a crazy adventure that from the beginning is more than doomed.  And then the book takes an unexpected turn and of course I can't share or it would ruin the whole deal! This one was a little too lifetime movie for me.  I was hoping for a sweet holiday book and from the beginning this one took the dramatics and amplified them.  Family drama, a plane crash and beyond, this book packed the punch from the beginning.  It had a little bit of the holiday cheer, but just not enough for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading Kristin Hannah. Her books are captivating. I literally hang on every chapter. This book, however, was an insult to my intelligence. It was a silly fairytale and meant for a preteen's imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly this book did not bring me comfort and joy. It happened to be the worst book I have ever read in my life. Why would an author lead you on to think she has a better life when she is really in a coma?? Dont read. I wouldn't reccamend for anyoneI couldnt even finish the dumb book. If you read this, you will realize that you wasted about a week for nothing on a load of garbage. It seriously sucked.
rachelcherise28 More than 1 year ago
I love Kristin Hannah! She is a great author! This is a heart warming story of sisterly love.
perhaps More than 1 year ago
If you need a pick-me-upper!! Great story holidays or not!!! I was really touched and looooved it!
Elsie Gutierrez More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you need to be reminded that you need to believe in magic. Great book!
brender More than 1 year ago
What a great story. This was my first Kristin Hannah book, but I am sure it will not be my last.
Derryfan More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Picked it up and couldn't stop until it was finished.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started thinking it was a little corney and ended up believing and applauding Hope!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read
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