Waking Up Joy by Tina Ann Forkner

Friday, January 23, 2015

Waking Up JoyBehind 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.

Tina Ann Forkner

 About Tina Ann

About this author

Tina is a Women's Fiction writer. She is the author of WAKING UP JOY (Tule Publishing Group), as well as RUBY AMONG US and ROSE HOUSE (Random House).

“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 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

"Reading is a passion of mine, and when I find myself identifying with the characters, anxious to get to the next page to find answers to my questions, I know I’m into a good book! The daughter-mother-grandmother theme in Ruby Among Us pulled me in. Wonderful story-telling. -Jordin Sparks Music Artist & 2007 American Idol Winner

"Readers will not want this story to end.” - Awarded 4 1/2 Stars in praise for Ruby Among Us from Romantic Times Book Reviews

“A multi-generational saga of hope, regret, and the grace that brings us home, Ruby Among Us evokes an invitational sense of place, a cache of characters you enjoy knowing, and a story that rips and mends your heart all at once.” –Mary E. DeMuth, author of Watching the Tree Limbs and Daisy Chain.

My Thoughts:

The Tulley's are a eccentric family, that are bound by memories, secrets, but most importantly faith.

Watching Joy, the adorned town spinster, come to life both physically and emotionally, and learn how to love herself was beautiful to see.

This is a wonderful book that shows how freeing secrets are once everyone knows the truth. A great read about family and how important family is to each of us and we should never take them for granted.

Great job, Tina!

I highly recommend it!!

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