Comfort & Joy By Kristin Hannah
Book/Novel Author: Kristin Hannah
Book/Novel Title: Comfort & Joy
***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 talethe 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 cant 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 behindto just walk awayand thus begins an adventure unlike any she could have imagined.
In the small town of Rain Valley, six-year-old Bobby OShea 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, Joys 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 loveand a familythat cant possibly exist, and go in search of what she wants . . . and the new life only she can find. **
### From Publishers Weekly
It’s the last day before Christmas vacation, and Joy Faith Candellaro, a Bakersfield, Calif., high school librarian, is still fretting over finding her husband, Thom, in bed with her sister, Stacey. Although divorced nearly three monthsand urged by everyone to move on with her lifeJoy just isn’t joyful. She’s trying, though: she buys a Christmas tree and plans to get herself something spectacular to put under it. Too bad that Stacey’s waiting in her driveway with a wedding invitation and the news that she’s pregnant with Thom’s child. Enraged and betrayed, Joy drives offand ends up at the airport, holding a ticket to Hope, Canada. What will she do when she gets there? Who cares? All she knows is that life has to be better elsewhere. What happens next is Hannah’s version of a Christmas ghost story, as Joy encounters a father and son whose own misery gives her a new perspective. Hannah ( *The Things We Do for Love* ) fans will enjoy this fare, but from the subtle-as-a-50-pound-fruitcake irony of Joy Faith’s name to a plot twist that necessitates hanging disbelief on the mantel alongside the Christmas stockings, it may be a bit too much for the more skeptical to swallow. *(Nov.)*
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Happy, hopeful and *très romantique*. *Hartford Courant*
[Kristin Hannahs] best book yet. *The Columbus Dispatch*
Hannah will touch the deepest corner of your heart. *Rendezvous*
An engaging holiday tale. *Seattle Post-Intelligencer*
A heartwarming holiday tale [that] resonates with poignancy and deep emotion. *Romantic Times*