Comfort & Joy, by Kristin Hannah

Cover ImageFinished audio 6-2-09, rating 3/5, romance, pub. 2005

Joy is facing her first Christmas since she came home one day to find her sister in bed with her husband.  As she is trying to come to terms with the holiday her sister, Stacey, shows up at her house, pregnant and offering a wedding invitation.  Instead of facing the betrayal of the two people she has loved most marrying each other she heads to the airport, ready to hop on a plane to anywhere.  She chooses a charter flight to Canada and the plane adds to her run of bad luck by crashing. 

Joy walks away from the crash and takes refuge in an old fishing resort in the rain forest of the Pacific Northwest.  There she is befriended by a boy who has just lost his mother and develops a crush on the boy’s father.  Joy faces the truth of life back home and coming to terms with her sister.

I found this novel a bit tedious for the first few discs, but it was easy to follow (you could almost say too easy) and so it worked out okay for car listening.  Then about halfway through there was an interesting twist that awakened my curiosity and imagination.  Unbelievable, yes, but romantically appealing. 

My biggest problem with the book was Joy’s relationship with her sister.  It was completely unbelievable.  I don’t have a sister, but if this sister says she loves you and is your closest friend and then not only sleeps with your husband, but continues the relationship, even starting a new family with him, well, I’d have to say your sister may not love you all that much.  But somehow Joy attempts to forge ahead with a relationship and it seems so silly.  It seemed like the moral of the story and yet it was completely unbelievable.

It was very uneven storytelling.  I didn’t mind listening to it in the car, wouldn’t really recommend it.

7 thoughts on “Comfort & Joy, by Kristin Hannah

  1. Staci says:

    I agree with you…how could you do something like that to your own sister? No way!! I have never read any of her books but I’ve seen them around and thought about picking them up. I’m going to say I did read one vicariously through your review!! LOL 🙂

  2. Megan says:

    I’ve read a lot of mixed reactions to Kristin Hannah… and enjoyed reading your review! You’re right — I would never even entertain the idea of doing something like that to my sister, and I know she would never do that to me! We’re best friends and completely bound to one another. Anyone who could start a new family with her former brother-in-law is insane!! 🙂

  3. Kirsten says:

    It seems as though this may be a trend with Hannah’s characters; Firefly Lane had a mix of extremes, with one end being the hyper predictable relationships, and the other being the super unrealistic. To be a fly on the wall when she’s with her own best friend/mother/sister/partner…

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