Comfort and Joy (2005)
A novel by Kristin Hannah
Newly divorced and without family, Joy Candellaro is presented with a serendipitous opportunity to leave her past behind. And arriving in the small town of Rain Valley, Joy glimpses the possibility of a wonderful new life in the faces of widower Daniel O'Shea and his son, Bobby. But a dramatic turn of events on Christmas Eve forces Joy to make a painful choice: In a world of impossible dreams and unexpected chances, can she summon enough faith to hold on to her newfound happiness?
This lovely, moving story highlights Kristin Hannah's astonishing storytelling gifts and reaffirms the values of this most-loved time of year. A modern-day fairy tale, Comfort and Joy tells the story of a woman caught between two lives, and finding a joyous resolution one momentous, emotional Christmas Eve.
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 canít summon the old enthusiasm for celebrating. So without telling anyone, she buys a ticket and boards a plane bound for the rural Northwest.
Yet Joyís best-laid plans go terribly awry. The plane crashes deep in the darkness of a forest. Miraculously, Joy walks away from the wreckage as the plane explodes, obliterating all evidence of its passengers. Amid the towering trees, Joy makes a bold and desperate decision to leave her ordinary life behind and embark on an adventure . . . just for the holidays.
Daniel OíShea has returned to the small town of Rain Valley, following the death of his ex-wife. Now he is a single father facing his sonís first Christmas without a mother. Six-year-old Bobby isnít making it easy - the boy has closed himself off from the world, surrounding himself with imaginary friends.
When Joy and Bobby meet, they form an instant bond. Thrown together by fate, these wounded souls will be touched by the true spirit of Christmas and remember what it means to be a family.
Then a dramatic turn of events shows Joy the price of starting over. On a magical Christmas Eve she will come face-to-face with a startling truth. Now she must decide: In a time of impossible dreams and unexpected chances, can she find the faith to reach for the love she has found . . . and the new life only she believes in?
About the Author
Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of many acclaimed novels, including On Mystic Lake, Between Sisters, The Things We Do for Love, Comfort & Joy, and Magic Hour. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and on Kauai with her husband and son.
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