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Comfort & Joy

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  23,550 ratings  ·  2,507 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, 240 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published November 1st 2005)
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Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Christina - Recipe & a Read
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library
Kristin Hannah is an excellent writer. This is the perfect example that excellent writing does not always make for an excellent book.

The below review does have minor spoilers that take place in the first chapter of the book.

I spent the entire first three-quarters of this book hung up totally on the fact that Joy walked away from a plane crash, emergency personnel and help in general simply because she was "looking for an adventure" and that "the forest was beckoning her". She is literally in th
Dec 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 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.
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A super quick easy Christmas story that reminds me of a Hallmark movie. Exactly what I was looking for.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Oh my. I can honestly say that I have never watched a Hallmark movie. I get the gist of them from the previews, thank you very much. Insta-love in charming small towns blanketed in snow around Christmas as two people who have been hurt find magic in the season and each other. I know lots of people find this cozy and heartwarming. I find it eye roll inducing.

A friend read Comfort & Joy and immediately mailed it to me. She warned me it was cheesy but the amount of cliches that Kristin Hannah fit i
Eva K (journeyofthepages)
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4

Suspend reality and indulge in this magical Christmas gem of a story!

Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah was a touching read with lots of feels and sweet moments. With the underlying themes of healing, forgiveness and family, this story is sure to be relatable to most.

I would categorize this story as a Christmas family drama, not a romance. Though, there is a soft romantic plot included. The opening chapters hooked me and I was instantly attached to the protagonist, Joy. The nar
Amanda Hupe
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020-reads, bookclub
Oh boy! Buckle up, because this book is a TRIP! Comfort & Joy by Kristin Hannah is a very…unusual Christmas story. Joy has been divorced for 3 months and is still grieving. The tough part is that she lost her sister as well as her husband. No, she didn’t die. Her sister slept with her husband. And now she is pregnant and inviting Joy to the wedding. YEP. YOU HEARD ME RIGHT. But let’s continue on. Joy makes an impulse decision to jump on an airplane and go anywhere. Well, not the greatest decisio ...more
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
If I find this enjoyable, why only two 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 th ...more
Janie Johnson
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
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 pl
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable Christmas fable. Not as good as some of Kristin Hannah's serious novels, but something to give you some pleasure and "Joy" this cruddy year. ...more
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I picked up a copy of this novella at the grocery store and read it one evening. I connected with Joy and I really enjoyed this fable. Hannah can write anything and make it play in your mind like a movie. I will reread this novella every year.
Dec 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
Krisitin Hannah is an incredible writer but this book was terrible. I am usually good at suspending disbelief but this was ridiculous... in the first thirty pages, we have a broken marriage, husband sleeping with wife's sister, then wife gets invited to their wedding, then heroine embarks on an adventure (did I mention her name is Joy?) to a town called Hope only to get in a plane crash and subsequent explosion. After the explosion, she comes to and walks away (with her camera no doubt) from the ...more
Denisa Arsene
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, maychallange
This is a sweet story. It has some magical in it. I think that this is written to give hope, to belive in magic and in wonders. To belive in love. In God. In love. In life.
It is a sweet love story, it's finding one's way against all odds. Believing.
I loved Bobby so so much. So sweet boy.
I couldn't agree with the sister-husband relation. I think it's perilous to infiltrate in readers mind that this is something acceptable - my opinion here. This is the single against I have to bring to the sto
A delightful guilty pleasure. The most cotton-candy (peppermint?) fluffy candy of all that I have read of Kristin Hannah (I'm a fan, if you are questioning my reference - I can see how you might). But I admit/claim it. I enjoyed this read thoroughly. I believe in a practical kind of magic that has it's roots deep in fate, spontaneous action, ethereal coincidence, genetic memory, time travel and parallel lives. Not all of that is in this book, but a lot is. . .

So there. You will like this or you
Dec 19, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jeanne Adamek
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The most unusual Christmas story I have ever read!
Viviana Camacho
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you’re in the mood for a magical book and or a hallmark movie kind of book.. this is it. I wish Magic like this occurred in real life, especially during such a crazy year like 2020. ❤️
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What an amazing book! So trippy too with the plot twist (kudos to the other reviewers. Nobody spoiled it and I won’t either) I loved this sweet book! It’ll be a standard I’ll hold other Christmas books to.
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, mainstream
Joy Candellaro's life fell apart after finding her sister in bed with her husband. Since her subsequent divorce, she has decided that she should do some traveling that she has always dreamed about. But when her plane crashes on the way to her destination, Joy walks away from the crash and decides to start her life over. Joy finds a small fishing resort where she rents a room. The resort is owned by Daniel O'Shea and his young son, Bobby. Bobby's mother died recently. The boy is lonely and quickl ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I’m fairly sure this is a book I will not forget. It’s the ideal Christmas read with an enchanting storyline. I’m betting Hallmark could do it justice on screen for the masses (and it should!) Highly recommended if your heart gets ooey-gooey like mine this time of the year.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Oct 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
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... ...more
Dec 31, 2009 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 15, 2010 rated it did not like 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. ...more
3.5 stars

I have really loved a few of Kristin Hannah's other books, but this one was a little too predictable for me and the "magic" was a little over the top.
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
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Kristin Hannah is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People's Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and Th ...more

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