Waking Up Joy is also a 2015 HOLT Award of Merit Recipient ~ Romantic Elements
“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
WAKING UP JOY was listed in the Ultimate December Book Guide in The San Francisco Book Review.
Waking Up Joy is in some good company on this list of Perfect Long Reads for Thanksgiving from BuzzFeed.
For Book Clubs: Book Club Discussion Questions for ‘Joy’
“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
“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
“A refreshingly candid look at the ties that bind. From dark secrets and magic charms to deep faith and a touch of romance, Tina Forkner’s Waking Up Joy will enchant you with its lively prose and heartfelt humor. It’s a mesmerizing tale of the Talley family, and you’re sure to fall in love with them as I did. Bravo, Tina!” ~ Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Stardust and The Hatmaker’s Heart
“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 Forkner’s characters are well-drawn, her story setting a place we all know, and her storyline one that can’t help but change us. Reading Forkner feels like coming home.” ~ Gina Holmes, award-winning author of Wings of Glass
“Unique, captivating writing that made me eager to turn each page. Tina’s humor and dialogue makes this novel a treat to read.” ~ Alice J. Wisler, Award-winning author of Rain Song and How Sweet It Is
“Tina Forkner has penned a delightful novel, a heartfelt story filled with quirky characters, family secrets and lost love. This book is another example of why Ms. Forkner remains a reader favorite. She’s definitely one of mine!” ~Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of Woman of Fortune
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