Waking Up Joy
by Tina Ann Forkner
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.
Waking Up Joy started a bit slow for me, but it didn't take long to pick up! The writing style was creative and interesting. I enjoyed the family dynamic that Forker describes in the book. One would think that because of the focus on family the book must be all drama, but the book had its share of comedic moments that make the reader hold on for what comes next. The characters are rich and provide the perfect back drop for such an interesting read.
Read Joy and enjoy it slowly :)