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Comfort & Joy [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Kristin Hannah , Sandra Burr
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Nov 2011

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.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455814261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455814268
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,862,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars where is my christmas spirit 11 Dec 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really love Kristin Hannah books, but this one left me a bit lost.

I don't like giving much of a story away when I write a review as I don't like to spoil someone else's enjoyment. However, I have to touch on it to explain how I feel.

There is more to this story than what I am writing, please let me say that.

A woman's husband falls in love with her sister. She leaves and travels on a plane, the plane crashes, she doesn't know she is badly injured.

Unbeknown to her, she is in an induced coma because of head injuries. Meanwhile she thinks she's found a bed and breakfast that she is staying in. The bed and breakfast is really closed due to the fact the there is only a little boy there whose Mummy has died and he is of course very upset. His Mummy and Daddy were divorced and he didn't get to see much of his Dad. His Dad is back in his life and loves the little boy so very much but the little boy is lost because his Daddy wants to do the bed and breakfast up and sale it and move back to Boston.

Then Joy comes into their lives. The lady from the plane crash.

Let me explain, Joy can only be seen by the little boy and Daniel the Father cannot see her. But he speaks to her! He speaks to her because the little boy goes to counselling and his therapist said for the Father to acknowledge his 'imaginary friend' who happens to be Joy.

While she stays and falls in love with the little boy and helps his emotional recovery and falls in love with Dad she works through her anger and emotions of her sister and her husband getting together and her sister being pregnant by her husband. She grows to accept it.

Then, we are taken to the hospital where Joy come's to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars pleasant read 28 Sep 2011
By l.bow
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
this story was nice although a bit short, only took a couple of days to read. just a quick easy book to read and wished it was longer as there was more that could be told in the story im sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read 31 Jan 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Have now read 7 of Kristin Hannah's books and like all the others they kept me gripped. Her reads are funny, heartfelt and emotional.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Adventure Where Life Takes a Turn 19 Feb 2007
By J. Kirkman - Published on Amazon.com
Joy Candellaro a school librarian, is not very happy this Christmas season, that's for sure. In years past, Christmas has always been a wonderful celebration. But this year, Joy's life took a turn for the worse possible scenario when she catches her sister Stacey in bed with her husband Thom. A bitter divorce takes place after, and Joy has not been able to look Stacey in the eye since. And to make matters much worse, Stacey is pregnant.

When Joy comes home from work and finds her sister there wanting to talk it out, she can't bear it. She just needs to run away from it all-and she does. She turns around and goes to the airport, and on an act of spontaneity, buys a ticket bound for the rural northeast. Than the completely unexpected really happens. The plane crashes and explodes within a short period of time. Joy is unconscious for minutes, yet wakes up suddenly, walking away from the scene there. She ventures up the road to a fishing lodge owned by a father and son.

When she walks up to it, it appears to be closed down. But she knocks on th door anyway, and a boy, Bobby lets her in. He says they are no longer open really, but finds her a room anyway. She and Bobby become fast friends-and yet Bobby has a real chip on his shoulder as does his father Daniel who is not pleased that Joy is there. Reluctantly, he lets her stay there for the week, and while there Joy and Bobby bond. Bobby has lost his mother in a car accident, and is still grieving terribly. He is not happy with his dad, as he took off when Bobby was very little, and left he and his mother alone. And now all of a sudden, Daniel has to step in and be a parent to his son.

The story takes a twist when Joy knows she has to get back home to her "real life," even though she hates to leave Bobby, and actually Daniel too. He comes to like Joy in a kind of romantic way.

When it is time to go to Christmas Eve service, it is Joy's last day there before going home. It is after the service, that Joy has an attack of some sort, and passes out unconscious. The story then takes another turn from that point-and I won't tell as I don't want to give it away.

I highly recommend this book, even though the ending could have been better. The author could have written the ending differently than she did for the book to make more sense there-but the rest of it was really good and hard to lay down.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for the holiday season. 7 Nov 2005
By Detra Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
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! *****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical holiday tale 29 Nov 2005
By Bookreporter - Published on Amazon.com
Kristin Hannah has presented us with a delightful gift that is sure to give your emotions a thorough workout. COMFORT & JOY is a magical tale that has been released just in time for the Christmas season, where very often the impossible becomes possible. This unusual story begins in an all-too usual way. Joy Candellaro comes home unexpectedly to find her husband Thom in bed with her sister Stacey; they were not taking a nap.

Needless to say, the orderly world of Joy Candellaro, school librarian, is quickly turned upside down. The pain of betrayal, the grief over losing her husband, and the devastating loss of her sister and best friend are too much to endure. Joy is able to bear it for a while as she continues going to work, but she cannot move beyond her pain enough to take part in any of the pre-holiday parties and fun. Then, in what may be the most insensitive moment in literary history, Stacey brings her a wedding invitation.

Torn between pain and anger, Joy decides to get away for the Christmas holidays and impulsively takes a charter flight to a place called Hope in British Columbia. As Joy is beginning to relax and imagine vacationing in a quaint little fishing lodge at the edge of the sea, something goes terribly wrong with the plane. Miraculously, she manages to walk away from the crash landing and... That's all I can tell you about the plot without spoiling this wonderful story.

However, as possibly the newest member of the Kristin Hannah fan club, I can enthusiastically recommend this book, and I intend to begin reading the rest of her bestsellers, which include ANGEL FALLS, MAGIC HOUR, and many more. The author has a talent for understanding the feelings of her characters and being able to express them with poignancy and love. Whether it is the fears of a little boy who has just lost his mother or the heartfelt love of his now single father, Kristin Hannah chooses the right words with which to touch the reader's heart. And, most difficult of all, she manages to demonstrate the power of love and forgiveness in even the most impossible situations.

If you're looking for the perfect story to get you in the mood for the holiday season, or anytime, then COMFORT & JOY is definitely up to the task.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars COMFORT & JOY IS MAGIC 8 Jan 2010
By Terry Loves Books - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have a tradition of reading Christmas themed books during the holiday. This year one of my choices was Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah. I've loved many of Kristin's books and this is no exception. It has everything you could want in a holiday novella......sadness bouyed by hope, tragedy which eventually creates joy and sibling rivalry culimating in a poignant and magically journey. Some of the reviewers did not like the suspension of reality aspect of this book, but that's what makes it so special to me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this magical Christmas tale. 17 Feb 2006
By a reviewer in Seattle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
I haven't read a Kristin Hannah book yet that I didn't love... and I place this one at the top. I sailed through this unabridged audio, read so fabulously by Sandra Burke. This is not the usual kind of story I expected. If you've read other books by this author, you pretty much know how things will go..... but I was pleasantly surprised by the twist in this story.... actually, I loved the way the story ended. I am a true fan of this author and can't wait for her next book. I immediately fell in love with Joy, Bobby, and even the gruf Daniel, with his wonderful Irish accent. This is the kind of book you just can't wait to finish, but never want to end. I highly recommend it. I'd love to see Kristen revisit these people one day in a future story....
JMHO //(*_*)\\
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