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Comfort & Joy

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  15,630 ratings  ·  1,660 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 January 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 c
Christina - Traveling Sister
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.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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 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
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jeanne Adamek
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The most unusual Christmas story I have ever read!
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 -
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
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
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
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...
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
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
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
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
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.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
3.5 Stars

I'm dreaming again, for the first time in years, and it feels good.
Every time I read a Kristin Hannah book it goes on my "Favourite Books" list. This book is definitely no exception. Suffice it to say that this well-written book will touch your heart. The characters are as real as your next-door neighbor and you'll come to care deeply about their lives and hardships...the sure mark of a good novel. This book is thought provoking, heart wrenching, and thoroughly enjoyable. I really c
Kate ☀️ Olson
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A short and inspirational (and magical) Christmas story. Trust me, you MUST believe in magic to appreciate this one.
Mar 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Meital Ben-Daniel
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: family-saga
A sweet, quick-read for the Christmas season, full of belief in love and magic !
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.
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christmas-books
I really enjoyed this book. A book that makes you believe in the impossible and magic! A perfect book to read at Christmas!
Brittany Petersen (thecontinuingchronicles) this book can only be considered to be a "guilty pleasure" read because it read like a Hallmark Christmas movie but yet I just could not put it down. It was overall a very sweet and fluffy read...just what you want for Christmas!

Now, it should be mentioned that if you were hoping for Kristin Hannah's trademark brilliance in this novel, you will not find it. She is noted for writing stunningly complex and beautiful novels about love, family and friendship that often deal with deep and u
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
It's a dangerous business...going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to. -J. R. R. Tolkien

Not really sure how this quote fits in, as it is beyond the scope of this book, but I'll give it that.

I did figure it out, before I was halfway through the book, something was going on that was not quite what it seemed, but didn't throw me off finishing to see what exactly it was or how it would turn out. I haven't read
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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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“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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