Haunting Joy Book 1

Haunting Joy Book 1

by Lena Goldfinch

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BN ID: 2940148815877
Publisher: Indigo Road Teen
Publication date: 10/21/2013
Series: Haunting Joy , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 156
Sales rank: 26,218
File size: 475 KB

About the Author

LENA GOLDFINCH writes romance and romantic fantasy for adults and teens. She's a sucker for a good old-fashioned romance, whether it's a novel, novella, or short story, young adult or adult, fantasy or realistic, contemporary or historical.

Also by Lena Goldfinch:
*CHAIN REACTION : A Short Story (Prequel to HAUNTING JOY)

THE BRIDES SERIES (Historical Western Romance, Inspirational Romance)

"Danger, magic, romance, and royal intrigue, AIRE is a must read!" NYT Bestselling Author JESSICA ANDERSEN

"Looking for something fresh and new to read? Try Lena Goldfinch's AIRE." SERENA CHASE, USA Today HEA

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Haunting Joy: Book 1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
Joy's gran loves to buy her clothes from thrift stores. From a seemingly innocuous Target bag her gran picks up on an outing, a newish outfit brings the outset of a haunting to Joy's life. Now Joy is determined to help the ghost. This is a fun and cute tale of a young girl finding her way not only in helping a ghost but in life as well. The lead characters, Joy and Beth, are the ones with the most definition; however, even the supporting characters have depth and flair adding enjoyment to the story. Plot and narrative are well focused and defined throughout the tale making it easy to follow. Overall, a fun read!
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Haunting Joy. Joy is a character who seems like she'd be fun to hang out and get you involved in some shenanigans. :) Once she tries on the white dress she finds in the box of clothes her grandma gave her from various thrift stores, the dress starts to haunt her, causing her to want to find out what happened to the girl it once belonged to. So Joy starts out on what seems to be a wild goose chase.  I couldn't help but cringe at some of the decisions she made because I knew she wasn't thinking clearly and that she was going to get into trouble with her mom. And get herself stuck in a cemetery at night. In the rain. Eep!  I really admired Joy's determination to find out what happened to the girl. She believes that the girl's ghost has "unfinished business" and wants to help her move on. Joy has a good heart with good intentions. Plus she's just so darn funny! Some of the thoughts she has made me laugh out loud.  Overall, Haunting Joy is a novella perfect to read any time of year but especially this time around Halloween. I love Joy and the story, and I recommend this to anyone looking for a light and fun paranormal read with a very likable main character. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour. 
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
I love this cover! So pretty! But moving on to the story... This is such a quick, fun read. It's not your typical "girl gets haunted" story either. Joy is given a dress of a dead girl—who she finds out was named Beth—and she soon realizes that Beth's spirit is tied to this dress. But instead of fearing the ghost, Joy wants to help her. She gets visions of Beth's last moments and unravels how Beth really died. And all along, she can hear Beth's thoughts in her mind, though only in bits and pieces so Beth can't just tell Joy what happened to her, and the coolest thing is that when she looks in the mirror while wearing the dress, she can see Beth in the reflection. (I loved that part!)  The way the two work together is great. Joy is taken over by Beth, but not in a scary, possessed sort of way. Joy knows she needs to wear the dress to sense Beth, so she does wear it a lot. But she's doing it to help her spirit move on, which I thought was touching. If you're up for a quick ghost story, give this one a try.
ErinCashman More than 1 year ago
Haunting Joy is a charming paranormal novella that casts a spell on a reader. It seems once you start reading, you can’t seem to stop! In this beautifully written story, Joy discovers that her thrift shop dress is haunted by the spirit of a girl killed in a car accident. In the ensuing journey to find answers, Joy discovers more about herself than she bargained for, and is forever changed by the experience. Even though this is a novella, the characters, story, and world building are very well developed and utterly captivating. I highly recommend this bewitching story.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
Haunting Joy by Lena Goldfinch is a touchingly high-spirited and thoroughly entertaining journey of discovering who we really are in a very unconventional way. We all inwardly desire in one way or another to be more than what we currently are. We long to feel more alive, more valuable, and more significant in order to measure up to those around us who seem to have what we don’t. In our pursuit to become more, we must be careful not to lose ourselves. For in losing our own identity, we lose the very things that we hoped to find – our passion, our heart, and our uniqueness. Our heroine is taken on a rather unusual journey to learn just how unique she truly is and how alive she can really feel. Her life is turned upside down in the span of one summer, but surprisingly she wouldn’t have it any other way. These extraordinary events bring about some surprisingly good results that she comes to deeply cherish and eagerly embrace. They make her stronger, more confident, and more aware of the world around her. They are transforming her into the person she was always meant to become. The lessons she learns and the bonds that are forged are ones that are not easily forgotten or ones that she would ever dream of reversing. Her life is much different now, and she is happier and better off as a result. She is growing more comfortable in her own skin, and starting to appreciate the things in her life that she never took notice of before. She is finally discovering who she really is, and just how beautiful and valuable and cherished she always was. Lena Goldfinch has once again created a story that not only entertains but also touches my heart. She is immensely talented at taking our deepest desires and weaving them into a delightfully bewitching story filled with a promise of hope and fueled by an enduring passion. As always I look forward to reading more from this amazing author.
LisaGailGreen More than 1 year ago
I loved it!! It was a fun little story, nicely balanced and well written.