Comfort and Joy - Kristin Hannah

5 Stars!!!!!

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.

Kristin Hannah is the New York Times bestselling author of many acclaimed novels, including Winter Garden, Firefly Lane, and Night Road. She and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

 Visit her at her website - HERE

This book was love at first chapter! It was so good, I read it in one day (almost in one sitting!), not because I am a fast reader but because I could not put it down. It was one of those books that I had to keep reading because I just HAD to find out what was going to happen.
This had all my favorite elements - A little bit of action, a little mystery, a little romance, a little magic, a lodge in the woods by the lake, and Christmas!

Excellent character development! Wow. Thats all I really have to say about that.
I could totally picture everything, the crash, the Lake lodge, the people, I really felt like I was right there, and I was lovin' it.

The ending... Oh my gosh, without giving it away... goosebumps! I honestly did not know which way it was going to end, and I probably would have been OK either way. But I am so glad it ended the way it did.

I really loved this book. It was fast paced, interesting, sweet, magical... and surprise - no sex and no swearing. For me, this was the perfect book. Kristin Hannah is certainly a master at sweet little love stories!

Do yourself a big favor - read this one this year for Christmas!
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  1. Oooo you've sold me. I hope my library has it.

  2. me too, love the way this story sounds , thanks for sharing your comments, Happy reading this month....

    Paula O

  3. Kristin Hannah's books always touch me. I'm glad you told me about this one.

  4. Great post. I have only read one of her books. She is a very touching author.

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  5. I love Kristin Hannah's books :).
    Found your post on Carole's Chatter, btw.

  6. I have wanted to read this one for a while. I really should try to fit in a Christmas book before the season is over!

  7. I have read some of the author's books and really liked them - this one sounds charming and perfect for the season!