I have a wonderful new book to share with you today called Waking Up Joy written by Tina Ann Forkner. It's about everything that an older woman goes through when she hasn't married or had any children while her brothers and sisters think they know what's best for her when she has an accident.
Behind every lost dream lies a second chance…
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 Review:
I really loved reading this story because it's relatable to what a lot of women these days who chose to wait until they are much older to marry. Her family thinks she can't take care of herself and when she is found after the accident with the rope wrapped around her neck, they think she tried to commit suicide and that was the furthest thing from her mind.
It's got a dark secret that she and her high school boyfriend, Jimmy never told anyone about and that is the mission she was on when she had the accident that eventually brings a lot of chaos but true love also comes knocking on the door.
Will Joy realize that this is her chance to finally be happy with the man of her dreams? Through some really gut wrenching and some humorous times also, this time around Joy will get what she holds most dear to her heart.
Praise for Waking Up Joy:
"One title that should appeal to those crossover women's fiction readers is Waking Up Joy (Tule, Oct.), by Tina Ann Forkner. When the adored town spinster ends up in a coma and is shocked by the conversations she overhears about herself while down for the count, she is determined to fix things. Joy must face the past--and her failed romances--in order to embrace a brighter future." - Library Journal
"Tina Ann Forkner takes us on a hilarious yet emotionally demanding adventure in Waking Up Joy. The free-spirited Joy has an unforgettable voice that puts us solidly on her side, no matter how unconventional her choices. Waking Up Joy is a rollicking ride." ~ Susan Schoenberger, Author of The Virtues of Oxygen
"A wonderfully-paced weave of compelling characters dealing with buried secrets and second chances within the framework of a flawed but fascinating family. Tina Forkner is an insightful, engaging storyteller. If you're a fan of Jodi Picoult, you won't be disappointed." ~ Susan Meissner, Author of A Fall of Marigolds
"Tina Ann Forkner has created a remarkable cast of characters in the Talleys. The wit, wisdom, humor, and real-life escapades of Joy will keep the reader guessing and turning pages to the satisfying conclusion. Thoroughly captivating!" ~ Chris Fabry, award-winning author of June Bug
About the Author:
Tina Ann Forkner is the author of WAKING UP JOY (Tule Publishing Group). She is also the author of RUBY AMONG US and ROSE HOUSE (Random House). When she isn't writing, Tina is a substitute teacher and lives with her family in Wyoming.
Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.