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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 appNew 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.From the Hardcover edition....

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Comfort and Joy Reviews

  • Lisa
    2019-06-21 03:38

    I know several Kristin Hannah fans. They tell me how good she is at writing about relationships. Perhaps, but I didn't find out reading Comfort & Joy because it definitely didn't pass my 50 page rule. There were so many implausible things that happened in the first few chapters, I knew I wouldn't find any joy in reading the rest of the book. About the whole plane crash thing... Joy describes in great detail what's happening during the crash--the horrible sounds, being thrashed about in the cabin and hitting her head, the smoke, etc. After she gets out of the burning plane, she is completely dazed and confused not to mention banged up, bleeding, and soaking wet. This is in the wilderness, mind you, and she just walks away from it. Literally. In the chaos of all the fire fighting and rescuing, she decides to get up and go on her way--even though she must be in shock and has no idea where she is or how to reach civilization. I don't know about you, but if I ever survive a plane crash, I'm going to take advantage of an ambulance ride into town. Not only does Joy make it out of the wreckage alive, she emerges with her camera around her neck. No purse and only one shoe doesn't stop her from forging on. When she just happens to come to The Comfort Inn, the proprietor's son checks her in without her putting down any sort of deposit...and lo and behold, there's a bag headed for charity in her room's closet that has clothes just her size. I do not find it impossible to suspend disbelief, but this was just too much for me.

  • Pam
    2019-06-06 07:51

    Sappy, simple, and a total waste of both hours it took to read. But I repeated my mantra...I love my book clubbies, I love my book clubbies... and plowed through it. Now onto something with multi-syllabic words.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-29 03:51

    Joy Candellaro is a high school Librarian and use to love the Christmas season. That was until one day when she came home to find her husband in bed with her sister. Seeing as her marriage is falling apart Joy decides it's time to take a holiday. So Joy heads for the airport and hops on a plane that is going to Hope. Joy thinks that having time away from her problems will be the best thing for her.But tragedy strikes and the plane she is on ends up crashing. The plane crashes in the forest and although the crash site is horrific Joy and the other passengers all survive. Not knowing where she is and not feeling so good Joy start wandering off and eventually comes across a lodge. Living in the lodge is Daniel and his young son Bobby. She soon discovers that Bobby's mother has passed away and that Bobby is very lost and sad without his mother. Quite quickly Joy and Bobby bond together as Joy feels for Bobby having lost his mother. At times Joy can see how upset Bobby is and at times be becomes depressed. Of course being that it is Christmas time makes it evens harder. Both Daniel and Bobby have enjoyed Joy's company but the day comes when she must leave. Joy assures Bobby that she will return one day to visit them but Bobby is not convinced.I really enjoyed this book and the twist towards the end had me saying to myself as I'm reading NO that can't happen. So needless to say I desperately wanted to finish this book to find out how it would end. This is a nice light Christmas read which would be great to read over the holiday season.

  • Piper
    2019-05-31 05:45

    This cannot be written by the same author who penned The Nightingale. I mentally uttered this to myself throughout the entire book. It was implausible in every way. And the plot twist? Just no. That’s really all I have to say at this time other than this was gifted to me by my sweet friend, Lisa. I think she was surprised by this story as much as I was. It was nothing close to what I expected it to be.

  • Janie Johnson
    2019-06-22 23:26

    I just love reading books for the holiday, some how it makes them more magical that way. This was my first Christmas read for December and I have to say that I really loved it. I really do enjoy Kristin Hannah's writing a lot. The first book I read by her was Winter Garden. Also a very enjoyable read. I especially liked the characters in this book. They are very well written, they are both relatable and believable. I feel like I knew them all personally and I loved that. There is such a great plot twist in this one, and it was one that I did not expect at all. Be prepared though and keep some tissues on hand because this one is a tear jerker. This is one of those books that you don't want to end, and when it did, it felt like a part of my life was over. I just wanted to go back and read it all again."It's a dangerous business...going out of your door. You step into the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." --J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Asheley
    2019-06-20 01:28

    When I read this last year for the first time, I couldn't believe the gigantic plot twist. To me, it felt like being punched in the stomach. I think that is because I was so invested in the story that when the big plot twist came, I was just thrown. So I decided to reread this year to see how I'd like this story knowing everything. And it really felt much different and was even more enjoyable!Here is my initial full review. I think it's a good one!On the reread: it was fun to realize that I had missed so many little written-in clues all the way through the first half of the book. Interestingly enough, I managed to become so invested that when the big twist came again - like I knew it would - I found myself blindsided. Again. Except this time it was much easier to handle and I really loved it. Ultimately, I think you have to suspend your disbelief at basically this entire story. The whole thing. If you're willing to do that, this story will go much more smoothly for you. Otherwise you may possibly be one of those readers that are skeptical about things from the very beginning, who never even stop questioning things to enjoy what is going on. When I was able to read without that caution for the second time--then I was able to fully enjoy the story. Yes, it is hard to believe. Yes, it is predictable. But it is a holiday story and I really didn't mind that at all. Super glad for this reread!

  • Shannon
    2019-06-22 01:41

    I read this book for my library's book club. A librarian is in a plane crash and her sister slept with her husband. That's all you need to know. Save yourself the time.

  • Virginia
    2019-05-28 07:40

    I was SO annoyed during the first half of the book, with the preposterous notion that this woman, severely concussed, walked away from a plane crash, then moved in with a guy and his son who asked NO questions about where she had come from. And she's having epiphany after epiphany, and they were all so obvious. "My sister is all I have, my marriage wasn't that great." But these are all coming from nowhere. There is too little exposition about her marriage, etc.The mid-book twist, wherein we discover she'd actually been in a coma, was what earned my two stars. It was an interesting device, and it made me want to keep reading. I didn't mind the magical aspects of it, but the ending was absurd. She walks into Daniel's arms? Please. With more artful writing, the whole thing could have been built up so much better. I actually groaned in annoyance at the ending.

  • Fadime Tüylüoğlu
    2019-06-11 07:25

    Biraz toz pembe bir hikaye...Küçüklük arkadaşımında hayali arkadaşı vardı. Umarım ilerde çat kapı çıkıp gelmez. :DBobie'nin hayali arkadaşının Joy olmasına o kadar şaşırdım ki. Nedense Huzurlu balıkçısı kulübesi gibi bir yerim olmasını ve orada yaşamak istediğimi fark ettim. BEN BÖYLE BİR HATADA ASLA KARDEŞİMİ AFFETMEZDİM. YÜZÜNE BAKABİLMESİNE BİLE ŞAŞIRDIM, İĞRENDİM. GERÇİ OKUDUĞUM BİR KİTAP. GERÇEK HAYATTA BÖYLE BİR ŞEY OLMAYACAĞINI HEPİMİZ BİLİYORUZ. Olanları Kristin'nin hayal gücüne bağlıyorum..

  • Jaclyn
    2019-06-08 03:25

    I picked this book up on a whim at the library b/c I was looking for a heart-warming Christmas story. In Comfort & Joy I definitely found it. Since I already like Kristin Hannah, and I wanted a Christmas story, I didn't read any reviews on this book before hand and had no idea what to expect. I'm glad I didn't read any before hand though b/c I had no expectations other than heart-warming, and in that this book delivered. The twist in the middle threw me a bit - I never saw it coming at all - and I found myself a bit disappointed. However, I love the overall message of pursuing your dreams, no matter how crazy they may seem.I think this book found me at the right time in my own life, and made me appreciate it all the more. Joy is recently divorced, and worse, she was betrayed by her sister and only family. She feels she's been living in a somewhat "gray" reality, and she's forgotten how to dream. In this story, Joy remembers what it's like to dream about a future, and works to find the courage to reach out for that dream to try to make it a reality. In the process Joy learns to forgive and to embrace the truth of her reality, instead of glossing over the truth for a somewhat less painful semi-reality.I can see how the "cheese-factor" and elements of unreality would not appeal to some, but not every story has to be reality based. Sometimes we need to believe in magic, and in more than one of her books, Kristin Hannah gives us that reminder. Sometimes believing in the unbelievable is exactly what we need. Sometimes reality is bigger and more colorful than we can imagine when the day-to-day becomes too dull and gray.

  • Tiffy_Reads
    2019-06-05 03:42

    Loved this!

  • Alleluialu
    2019-05-26 05:50

    This book was really good! I know, it's a romance novel -- a Christmas romance novel to boot, but it was really good. I started it last evening and finished it today. It's the story of Joy, a high-school librarian who's marriage has collapsed into divorce because her husband was sleeping with her sister. Definitely a tragic start for a Christmas novel. Then, after leaving her sister in her driveway, she drives to the airport and on a whim buys a ticket for Hope in Canada. The plane crashes -- yes, the tragedy gets worse. After getting thrown from the wreakage and seeing her mother (who has been dead for 15 years), she decides to walk away from the crash site and have an adventure. She walks through the woods and eventually comes across a closed Bed and Breakfast Lodge manned by a little boy and his father. She spends a few days there and gets very attached to the little boy...and his father...when another surprising twist takes place. I'm not going to ruin it for you, but let me tell you this -- I was surprised and screaming, "No! No! No1" to myself while reading. I had to finish this book today. I couldn't wait. I had to know what happened. It's that kind of book. And, it's a very clean read -- no sex. Sex wouldn't have fit in this story. Love was definitely there. The kind of love that everyone dreams about. A great read!

  • M.M. Strawberry Reviews
    2019-06-17 07:51

    If I find this enjoyable, why only three stars? Well, the book starts off with a fantastic premise that should interest most readers. Joy's sister slept with her ex-husband, whoops, and then Sis invites Joy to her wedding. Feeling pretty terrible (as you can imagine) Joy decides to 'run away' and has quite the experience that readers should enjoy reading about. I know I did. Yes, it requires a slight suspension of belief, but it was still fun to read. Then, bam! There's a pretty big surprise at the end, but don't worry, it gets better. I was rather satisfied with it overall.But what made me drop the rating to a 3 was the fact that Joy just forgave her sister. Bam, just like that, let's sweep it all under the rug. That will let Sis and ex-hubby think that what they did to her really was no big deal, and it makes light of adultery. There are some things that should never be done, and when Joy forgave them, she was just this... doormat. Whoop dee doo. I was terribly disappointed in that after seeing her character develop so nicely before.

  • Crista
    2019-05-31 05:31

    This is my first experience reading a book by Kristin Hannah. My mother-in-law swears by this author so when my book club decided on this book for our December read, I was very excited to give her a try. This book would go into my "so-so" shelf (it I had one)!Parts were really great, but overall it was a very average read for me. The romance is SEVERELY underdeveloped to the point that I wouldn't even consider this a romance. It does involve a cute little boy, a plane crash, and a fairly likable heroine but none of these were enough for me to love this story.This "romance" (and I use that term lightly) involves adultery between out heroine's ex and her sister. This created a huge "ick" factor that I was never able to get over. I didn't like how it was handled and how quickly Joy get's over it. Very unrealistic.Overall, for me the bad outweighs the good. On a positive note, it's a very quick read and even I don't feel like I'm out a lot after reading it.

  • Janelle
    2019-05-26 02:31

    What a surprise this book turned out to be. It is so not what I expected out of Kristin Hannah!I just read someone elses review stating that they couldn't get past 50 pages. If I wasn't such a huge Kristin Hannah fan I may have abandoned it as well. Boy am I glad I didn't.Initially I felt really disappointed in her story, it just wasn't her normal beautiful, deep story that all of her others are. It felt cheap, short and awkward. It didn't add up to me at all. However, when I got two thirds of the way through, the twist was huge, so unexpected but it all made sense like...BAM! I'm glad I stuck with it. It may seem like an unusual and weird book overall to some but I've read similar books to this and enjoyed them too. But be warned, this is a different Kristin Hannah book than most of her other writings. Faithful Kristin Hannah readers, give it a chance!

  • Tonya
    2019-06-10 01:26

    Kristin Hannah is a master storyteller. Joy was married to a man named Thom and thought she had a pretty good life until one day she walked in on her sister and Thom. Ever since then her world hasn't been the same. Now one year later, coming close to Christmas, her sister tells her that they are getting married and she is pregnant. Joy has always wanted to travel, so she gets in her car, drives to the airport and gets a ticket for the first place she can. However, they never reach their destination. They have a horrible plane crash. Joy walks away from it and finds the lodge like the one described in the magazine on the plane. She stays there with Bobby and his father Daniel.But is that reality? This book will make you think twice and will knock your socks off in the process. You won't want to miss out on this wonderful read from Ms. Hannah!

  • Sara Narrow-LaPoint
    2019-06-24 04:42

    I really liked the magic of this story. I don't want to say too much about that for fear of ruining it for someone else, but I will say that you must stick with the book until the end. There were some things that bothered me about this book. The biggest problem was why Bobby, who was supposed to be 8 or 9, didn't even know his sight words enough to read Dr. Seuss beginning readers. Also, why did he act and talk so young. If they hadn't given his age I would've guessed he was 5 or maybe 6. The second thing that bothered me is how unrealistic it is that Joy forgave her sister for not only sleeping with her husband, but getting pregnant by him and then getting engaged. That just seems very far-fetched to me. Other than those things, this was a magical story.

  • Gina
    2019-05-30 00:47

    This was such a beautiful little book about a woman betrayed by the people closet to her, and a magical journey to find her way back to faith and forgiveness. I was caught up in the story instantly, and was thrown a loop or two, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Erin
    2019-06-05 05:49

    This was a story about a woman who's sister betrays her by first sleeping with, than marrying & getting pregnant with her husband's baby. The woman decides to run away and takes an impromptu flight which then crashes. What happens afterwords is a bit bizarre...

  • Megan
    2019-06-22 00:51

    When my boyfriend could not get Kristin Hannah's book "Winter Garden" from the library, he saw this book, and decided to check it out for me. The premise of a heartwarming story surrounding Christmas sounds interesting, and like a feel-good book. However, this book was just all over the place. While the miracle that occurred was consistently referred to as a "Christmas miracle" it had absolutely nothing to do with the holiday of Christmas. Additionally, the book was just down-right silly in my opinion: corny, incredibly over-dramatic, and a very poor mixture of magic (?) and "the spirit of Christmas". I would clearly not recommend this book.

  • Ali
    2019-05-30 02:37

    I like fluff as much as the next person, but this crossed over into the "give me a break" category. If good fluff is like a Monday Night Lifetime movie that you get sucked into, this is a weekend repeat movie that you can't believe you're watching.

  • Tara
    2019-06-15 01:40

    for book club--bleh.It was sweet, I'll give it that and the plane crash scene was pretty good. The premise was soooo out there. The connection between Joy and Daniel just weird. I don't know, I read it in a day, skimmed through several sections and felt it was a waste of my time.

  • Meital Ben-Daniel
    2019-06-19 04:22

    A sweet, quick-read for the Christmas season, full of belief in love and magic !

  • ColleenD
    2019-06-15 02:40

    It's a dangerous business...going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to. -J. R. R. TolkienNot really sure how this quote fits in, as it is beyond the scope of this book, but I'll give it that.I did figure it out, before I was halfway through the book, something was going on that was not quite what it seemed, but didn't throw me off finishing to see what exactly it was or how it would turn out. I haven't read too many Christamas stories but just happened to own a copy of this I was committed to reading this year and glad I did. I do like this author and want to read more. This was just a little awkward and not a best effort. Now I want to finish this review and get it off to the Little Library so someone else can get to a seasonal read. I stand there, watching the shiny combination of rain and moonlight. Other quotes I like:As the kids at school say: it's all good now. I feel rejuvenated by the moisture, like a desert traveler who has stumbled upon an impossible oasis. I can't see anything with perfect clarity; it is a world veiled by mist and water, and yet made all the more beautiful by obscurity. Regret, I know, is a powerful remainder; it can bring the strongest man to his knees. One small boy is no match for it all all. No wonder he "sees" his mom. If I'm to be honest-and why would I lie now?-our house was quiet long before Thomas left me. Mostly I dreamed of us being together all the time, instead of all going our separate ways.I know how a thing like this happens. Not all at once, but day by day. You stop wanting to record every minute of an unhappy life.I need to soak up every second and fashion the time into memories.You see things and you say 'Why?'But I dream things that never wereAnd say, 'Why not'? - George Bernard Shaw (again a quote a little too deep for this book, but can allow)Experiencing our lives through each other

  • Min Li Li
    2019-06-18 05:47

    Ciddi misin sen ya?Sen sözde hayatta ikinizden başka kimseniz olmadığı için birbirinize tutunduğunuzu söylediğin o kızkardeş olacak Sacey bozuntusunu nasıl affedebilirsin hala anlam veremiyorum.Yahu bir kere de bu tarz konulu okuduğum kitaplarda kız karakter kızkardeşine hayatı zindam etsin ama olur mu iyilik meleği onlar o yüzden ne yaparlarsa yapsınlar affederler. Buna senin kocanı çalıp üzerine hamile kalmakta olsa bile, ne de olsa senin kızkardeşin canımmm.Bu tarz şeyler için dar görüşlüyüm sanırım. Kabullenmek ayrı affetmek apayrı bir şey.Ya nasıl affettiğini hala aklım almıyor.Ben senin aklına Joy....Bu lanet durum dışında diğer kısım güzeldi ama bu durum beni o kadar irrite etti ki maalesef kitabı gerektiği şekilde sevemedim.Diğer kısmı sevsemde hep aklıma bu durum geldiği için kız karakter gözümde iyice düştü ve kitabı da okumasamda olurmuş.Şahsen okumasam bir şey kaybetmezmişim.Sadece sinirlendiğim yanıma kaldı. *_*Şu 3 puanı da Daniel ve Bobby için verdim yoksa o kadarlık bile değildi...

  • Kitano Ana
    2019-05-29 07:33

    O carte care nu a fost pe gustul meu mi-a placut povestea deloc..cartea-i binisor scrisa,foarte vizuala dar povestea nu mi-a primul rand m-am prins de idea cartii de la bun inceput asa ca discutiile dintre ea si Bobby mi s-au parut tare plictisitoare...bine ca a fost o carte mica asa ca m-am fortat sa o termin ...finalul super prost realizat ,dupa ce am citit Privighetoarea,K.Hannah m-a dezamagit cu aceasta carte,putea mai mult!

  • Meels
    2019-06-07 03:49

    Hannah pulled it out at the end, I’ll give her that. Made me cry happy tears.It was a bit of a stretch, but by then I didn’t even care.

  • Diana
    2019-05-26 01:32

    LovelyThis is a story of a woman named who has been lonely too long. Stacey is Joy's sister and she is marrying Joy's ex husband and having his baby. She decides to run away during her holiday vacation to find what her life is missing.When the plane she is on crashes she thinks she walks away from it and finds comfort at a fishing lodge. It is a heartwrenching tale of being in another world from the home she knows. I t a story worth reading any time of year. I love Kristin's books and don't how I missed this one until now.

  • Denise
    2019-06-02 05:44

    Comfort and Joy is Christmas magic but mostly the Twilight Zone. An interesting read but not my favourite book written by this fabulous author.

  • ❤Marie Gentilcore
    2019-06-17 02:41

    This was very good. I really enjoy Kristin Hannah's books. This book is about a woman named Joy who finds her sister in bed with her husband. Her life is in turmoil and so on winter break she decides to fly to Washington state and then things get better and also worse. I liked the concept of this story, it was different and good but I can't say much else with out spoilers. The last thing I will say is that I got a kick out of the mention of Forks and the Dew Drop Inn; it brought back memories of our drive to Seattle last year for vacation.