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Comfort & Joy

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  7,125 ratings  ·  843 reviews
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 int ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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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 a
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 c
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 -- ye ...more
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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 -
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...
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.
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
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.
Stephany G
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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 t
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 destinat
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 o ...more
Sarah D. Cushman
This is a very strange book

I absolutely love Kristin Hannah and have read at least 10 of her books. This book is an easy read and enjoyable but the second half is just bizarre. Good and bizarre. Nothing like the other books I've read from Kristin Hannah. Read it and you'll know what I mean :)
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.
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.
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.
Comfort And Joy, by Kristin Hannah
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Synopsis: In this modern-day fairy tale, New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah gives us a very special gift: the heartwarming story of a woman at a crossroads, caught between two lives, who finds a second chance at happiness. Joy Candellaro used to love Christmas more than any other time of the year. Now, as the holiday approaches, she finds herself at loose ends. Recently divorced and estranged from her sister, she can’t summon the old enthus
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Leah K
Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah
272 pages

Joy leads a fairly boring life, except for the fact that she finds her husband cheating on her…with her own sister…and things only go downhill from there. During the holiday, Joy decides to be adventurous in her now single life and takes a random trip which will bring so many new things.

This isn’t particularly a normal genre I would read. It feels like a chick-lit/romance book which just isn’t my cup of tea. But it was short and I decided I listen to t
Delicious Strawberry
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 ...more
I will start by saying I am a HUGE fan of Kristin Hannah and pretty much
anything she writes I LOVE!!! This is a heart warming story just perfect
to read around this time of year.

We are introduced to the main character, Joy Candellaro, she is recently
separated from her husband. Joy used to LOVE the Christmas season until
the day she returned home to find her husband and her sister together in
bed! Joy is not feeling very happy about life in general any longer for
obvious reasons, and isn't looking fo
I really liked the story. I guess I'm just use to more information and more detail, or maybe I'm just use to a longer book. I love the magic she brought into this story, and is the first I've read by her that has, but I've only read 4 or 5. Believable? No. But that's one of the wonderful things about reading.... They don't have to be and some of the best books are unbelievable or could never really happen,give me the what If's and the "wow if only it could b's" the fact you can go anywhere and d ...more
This is the first book I've read by Kristin Hannah, I enjoyed it. And in reading the reviews, this may have not been her best???

It took me a little while to understand what was happening, but a few pages after the plane crash with things just not quite making sense and then I had the "A-HA moment, I know what's going on!!" and once I realized what was going on, it made more sense. :)

I found the writing to be extremely easy to read, flowed really well, it was a fairly quick read for me - 2 eveni
Sara Narrow-LaPoint
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 se ...more
Lynne Radcliffe
Another Kristin Hannah book about relationships with an added "magic" element. Quick read that I enjoyed, but not as good as other books written by this author.
Angela Yeager
This book was not my favorite, it was a bit cheesy. It was okay for a lite Christmas read.
Susan Heath
really good premise, loved the way it was laid out and the ending
Jennifer Ochsner
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Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the blockbuster Firefly Lane and #1 bestsellers Night Road and Home Front. She is a former lawyer turned writer and is the mother of one son. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii with her husband.
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“Stacey: "I'm surprised you haven't thrown me out."

Comfort: "At your current weight, I'd need some sort of catapult.”
“Those are exactly the kind of memories I try to avoid, but they're like abestos: invisible and deadly. You need special gear to get rid of them.” 3 likes
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