Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What I Read #75

Comfort and Joy by Kristin Hannah: This author was suggested to me by a life-long friend as a "pleasant change from murder and mayhem." Well, that friend was right about "change" but I'm so not sure about "pleasant".

I hate anything that plays mind games with me, be it TV, movies, or novels. And this one did.

Joy Faith Candellaro is recently divorced after walking in on her husband and her sister doing the "mattress mambo." She is a loose ends about what to do with the rest of her life. On impulse, she books a flight to Hope, Washington on a charter plane. As luck would have it, the plane crashes in the boondocks. Joy survives, along with the rest of the passengers, and wanders away from the crash. What happens after that? Was it real or was it a dream?

I have another novel by Hannah lying here beside me, but I don't think I will read it. This one was just too sappy and unbelievable for me. Back to "murder and mayhem" for me!

Happy Reading, (I think),

Note: Isn't the front cover of this book beautiful?


Mellodee said...

Kristin Hannah is one of my very favorite authors....so be careful what you say about my friend! lol!!

There is a genre of authors out there that write what I consider Women's fiction. It's written by a woman, from a woman's point of view, for women. In general they explore the types of experiences and feelings women struggle with or dread, fantasize about, or long for, or laugh over.

Each of them usually has at least one (often several) Christmas story. Those books are typically more "sappy" and "feel good" than the author's usual style. Sometimes they are a real stretch, but they universally have a moving, happy ending that centers around Christmas.

Like I said by women, about women, for women....and in soooo many ways men just don't understand women any more that women understand men!

I don't get the murder and mayhem genre either. So it's fair! :)

Jimmie Earl said...

I try to stretch myself when it comes to reading, so I try different genres. I am not in any way finding fault with Hannah's writing, just that it doesn't appeal to me.
I agree with novels about Christmas and the season. They usually go beyond the author's style. And, there's nothing wrong with sappy and "feel-good" stuff. I like and appreciate it, too.
Thanks for setting me straight. I do need kick in the butt once in a while, so consider me kicked, my friend! LOL!
(The friend who suggested this book to me was, of course, a woman)!