Waking Up Joy

Waking Up Joy

by Tina Ann Forkner


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Behind every lost dream lies a second chance...

When adored town spinster Joy Talley ends up in a coma after a peculiar accident, she is surprised and incensed to hear what is being said in her hospital room, including plans for her funeral. When she finally wakes, her well-meaning, but bossy, brothers and sisters dismiss her claims, thinking her accident has knocked her off her rocker, but Joy has never felt better, and is determined to set the past right.

Now Joy must face her darkest secret and risk reopening wounds caused by an old flame who rejected her more than twenty years ago. But taking risks brings change, as well as a new, younger man into Joy's life, making her feel like a teenager again. Suddenly Joy's once humdrum life is anything but boring and routine and the future beckons, exhilarating and bright.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940296722
Publisher: Tule Publishing Group In
Publication date: 10/08/2014
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 385,693
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Carla Stewart

A refreshingly candid look at the ties that bind. From dark secrets and magic charms to deep faith and a touch of romance, Tina Forkner's Waking Up Joy will enchant you with its lively prose and heartfelt humor. It's a mesmerizing tale of the Talley family, and you're sure to fall in love with them as I did. Bravo, Tina! ~ Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Stardust and The Hatmaker's Heart

Kellie Coates Gilbert

Tina Forkner has penned a delightful novel, a heartfelt story filled with quirky characters, family secrets and lost love. This book is another example of why Ms. Forkner remains a reader favorite. She's definitely one of mine! ~Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of Woman of Fortune

Susan Schoenberger

Tina Ann Forkner takes us on a hilarious yet emotionally demanding adventure in Waking Up Joy. The free-spirited Joy has an unforgettable voice that puts us solidly on her side, no matter how unconventional her choices. Waking Up Joy is a rollicking ride. ~ Susan Schoenberger, Author of The Virtues of Oxygen

Alice J. Wisler

Unique, captivating writing that made me eager to turn each page. Tina's humor and dialogue makes this novel a treat to read. ~ Alice J. Wisler, Award-winning author of Rain Song and How Sweet It Is

Chris Fabry

Tina Ann Forkner has created a remarkable cast of characters in the Talleys. The wit, wisdom, humor, and real-life escapades of Joy will keep the reader guessing and turning pages to the satisfying conclusion. Thoroughly captivating! ~ Chris Fabry, award-winning author of June Bug

Susan Meissner

A wonderfully-paced weave of compelling characters dealing with buried secrets and second chances within the framework of a flawed but fascinating family. Tina Forkner is an insightful, engaging storyteller. If you're a fan of Jodi Picoult, you won't be disappointed. ~ Susan Meissner, Author of A Fall of Marigolds

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Waking Up Joy 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. Joy woke up and took control!
DFGray More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting novel for readers who enjoy a crisp, clean love story with a touch of mystery. What I mean by "crisp and clean" is you won't be hit with a lot of profanity or overly detailed sex scenes. For me, the story line moved a bit slow. About 80% of the novel alludes to a tragic event that happened between the main character, Joy, and her ex high school sweetheart, Jimmy. The constant buildup towards this event (and all the dancing around the issue) became frustrating for me because it went on too long and slowed the pace of the story line. However, it picks back up beautifully once the secret is finally revealed (and also a family treasure is discovered). The last five or six chapters of the book were probably the most enjoyable for me because it finally got to the meat of the matter. Overall, the writing is done well, however, the pace of the story could've been a bit more balanced, faster, and less repetitive in some areas.
LindalovestoreadLR More than 1 year ago
What a delightful book! I enjoyed the characters, the writing, the story. As to the reviewers who complained that "the secret" was dragged on too long, it did not bother me at all. I pretty much guessed what the secret was, so it was more finding out how it all went down rather than what happened. I have read in reviews of Ms. Forkner's other books that she is the author of "Christian" books, which are something I avoid like the plague. If this is an example, I need to seriously rethink my avoidance. Read this book. I plan to read her others. Thank you, Tina Ann!
sarah53121 More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of Waking Up Joy for an honest review and this is my review. I really don't know what to think or feel about this book. There were parts where I found myself laughing out loud and other parts I was asking myself why am I still reading this book? First off I felt that the secret Joy was keeping was dragged on way to long and it was getting to the point where I just wanted the book to end to put that secret out of my misery and then when it did come out I felt like it could have been done a bit better with the huge build up to it. Then Joy herself was such a wishy washy character by the end of the book I really did not like her at all. I find myself like strong female characters and Joy was everything but one and I wanted her to go far far away by the end of the book. The concept of the story was good and the overall plot was okay but for me this book lacked the IT factor that I look for in book that grabs my attention and holds it throughout the entire story and that is why I have to give Waking Up Joy three out of five stars
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Joy is well into her adulthood and never settled down with a partner and after a mishap at her home, she ends up in a coma, but can still hear her family and all the things they are saying about her.  Joy is only in her coma for a bit of the book and once she wakes up the rest of the drama revolves around the doctor that saved her and a high school crush that went downhill for some reason. My biggest problem with the book was the very long wait that the reader has to get to the secret that is hinted at throughout the entire book.  I wish the secret had been revealed a little earlier to allow for the characters to have more time to react and resolve the repercussions.  I also think that if we had received a few flashback chapters we would have felt even more connected to the sibling's parents, I felt detached because I felt like I didn't get to meet them myself.
SamWyoming More than 1 year ago
A Warm Wonderful Hug Reading this was like being given a big, warm hug. Set in eastern Oklahoma during the early Eighties, Joy Talley belongs to a family of fiercely loyal, opinionated, quirky siblings who would do anything to safeguard one of their own. That includes Joy, whether she wants their help or not. One of the threads of this beautiful story is Joy learning to stand on her own, learning when to graciously accept help, and learning the healing power of helping others. The strength of Joy’s voice is absolutely wonderful and easily endears her to the reader. Her waking up from the coma produces a long-overdue coming of age story for the single, forty plus Joy; the reader goes along for the ride as Joy suffers through the lasting heartache of unrequited love and the unexpected happiness of new love. Joy’s new-found determination to live life to the fullest in her own way, no matter what anyone else thinks, will have tremendous appeal to readers who have experienced a similar transformation. I particularly enjoyed the laugh-out-loud moments, including the hilarious events surrounding Joy waking up from her coma. When dark secrets from the past are revealed, Forkner’s skill at dealing with sober drama in a gentle, heartwarming way was greatly appreciated. By the end, this reader couldn’t help but hope that Joy would live a happily-ever-after life with the man she chooses to marry.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
Welcome to the town of Spavinaw Oklahoma. A town filled with quirky characters, family secrets and love that never dies. After a freak accident, Joy Talley is left in a coma for a week. Her family thinks she tried to kill herself. She hears everything people say about her while in her coma. When she finally wakes up she doesn't forget. She sets out to make a new life for herself wanting to do good for someone. She chooses Tulip House, a home for troubled teens. She also finds two men in love with her. One is her doctor and the other her high school love, who she never got over. Which will she choose? This was a fun book to read though it started out a little sad. But, once it picked up, it didn't stop. I really enjoyed the story and loved the characters. It left me wanting to know about them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer....My super-talented cousin wrote this charming little book!! It was not really what i expected after reading her first two books but i loved this one just as much. Quirky Joy & her family were characters i could certainly identify with!! Love the settings as i could visualize most of them from my childhood visits to Northeast Oklahoma. I got the book to read on a trip to West Texas but couldn't put it down & finished with three days left of the weekend!!
sbart84 More than 1 year ago
Whoever said you can't hear people talking while you are in coma, Joy proved them wrong. While in coma, Joy would listen to her siblings plan her funeral. Once she awakens her family thinks she is off her rocker. Now Joy wants to settle her past of a traumatic event that happened years ago, that left her a spinster. She is now torn between her past love of her life and the new young doc in town. Many past secrets come out with healing. I really enjoyed the quirkiness of her family. An enjoyable read. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
You always hear that when a person is in a coma they can still hear you talk.  Joy is proof that this is true, at least in her case.    It seemed like Joy was able to eaves drop on her family.   It was interesting to hear what her family and friends said about her and her life when they thought she could not hear them.   I loved that when Joy “woke up” from the coma she called them out on what they said.   It was sad that some of them denied it and thought she was crazy, when they should have been honest and supported her.  The relationships between Joy and her family and Joy and Doc and Jimmy were incredible.   The sparks between Joy and Doc and Jimmy were steamy, yet understandable.   A cute younger doctor showing interest in a 40 something woman after meeting her crazy family would make anyone blush.    The history between Jimmy and Joy was mixed and definitely needed some figuring out, but the sparks and attraction were obvious from the beginning.    The relationship with her family was interesting.   There were times I wish she would have told her family to leave her alone, but I was glad that they were there to support her in their mixed up way.   Waking Up Joy is not a book for everyone.  It is a book for a chic-lit reader and someone looking for a heart tugging story.    I enjoyed this book and certainly can recommend it to my friends.