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.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 6th 2020
by Ballantine Books
(first published November 1st 2005)
Kristin Hannah published this book in 2005, this is the first year I've heard of it - thank you Instagrammers.
It's shorter than her usually fare, but not too short, and it's different. Christmas is a time of family, of healing. There is magic in the air, even if it's 2020. Comfort & Joy is a magically story of relationships, discovering what matters and sadly, grief for what's been lost.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't fathom the ratings. It's a fable and everything a Christmas story should be plus some. There is mystery, a great setting and flawed characters that are totally connectable. There are chuckles and a twist that I didn't see coming. An ending that was magically - yea a great Christmas read.
Definitely a book I recommend, but ya gotta read the whole thing to get the full picture.
My copy was part of my 2020 Reading Off My Shelf Challenge.
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