Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Waking Up Joy by Tina Ann Forkner

Publication Date:  October 8, 2014 by Tule Publishing Group

When adored town spinster Joy Talley ends up in a coma after a peculiar accident, she is surprised and incensed to hear what is being said in her hospital room, including plans for her funeral. When she finally wakes, her well-­‐meaning, but bossy, brothers and sisters dismiss her claims, thinking her accident has knocked her off her rocker, but Joy has never felt better, and is determined to set the past right.

Now Joy must face her darkest secret and risk reopening wounds caused by an old flame who rejected her more than twenty years ago. But taking risks brings change, as well as a new, younger man into Joy’s life, making her feel like a teenager again. Suddenly Joy’s once humdrum life is anything but boring and routine and the future beckons, exhilarating and bright.

My Thoughts…

You always hear that when a person is in a coma they can still hear you talk.  Joy is proof that this is true, at least in her case.    It seemed like Joy was able to eaves drop on her family.   It was interesting to hear what her family and friends said about her and her life when they thought she could not hear them.   I loved that when Joy “woke up” from the coma she called them out on what they said.   It was sad that some of them denied it and thought she was crazy, when they should have been honest and supported her. 

The relationships between Joy and her family and Joy and Doc and Jimmy were incredible.   The sparks between Joy and Doc and Jimmy were steamy, yet understandable.   A cute younger doctor showing interest in a 40 something woman after meeting her crazy family would make anyone blush.    The history between Jimmy and Joy was mixed and definitely needed some figuring out, but the sparks and attraction were obvious from the beginning.    The relationship with her family was interesting.   There were times I wish she would have told her family to leave her alone, but I was glad that they were there to support her in their mixed up way.  


Waking Up Joy is not a book for everyone.  It is a book for a chic-lit reader and someone looking for a heart tugging story.    I enjoyed this book and certainly can recommend it to my friends. 

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