Joy In a Box

Rated 4.33/5 based on 4 reviews
A blind girl has a gift; a father's heart breaks; a young boy in Africa might die; the step-children want her dead husband's money . . . Read these short snippets of fiction and be prepared to gasp, giggle, and groan. Sally Hanan’s insight into the human heart brings depth and richness to her stories, many of them written in a poetic style of prose that flows and gurgles like a country creek.

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Words: 20,440
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458177643
About Sally Hanan

Sally Hanan is originally from Dublin, Ireland, but managed to permanently escape the cold, wet weather with her family in 1995. She now lives in TX, where she is known for chumming up to people who own boats and cook rib-eye steak on the deck.

Sally owns a freelance writing and editing business. In addition, she serves as an inner-healing counselor in her home church.

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Review by: Annabell Stoodley on Feb. 27, 2011 :
An excellent collection of stories. A couple of them had me reaching for the Kleenex. Well done Sally, I enjoyed them very much.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Erin ORiordan on Feb. 02, 2011 : (no rating)
Texas author Sally Hanan is originally from Dublin. Perhaps that's why the soul-searching slices of life in her flash fiction collection 'Joy in a Box' might remind you of a miniaturized 'Dubliners.'

The stories range from bitter to sweet. A few are based on Bible stories or true events. Most are canny observations of how Christians do, should or shouldn't act. Yes, this Christian author pokes gentle fun at misplaced zeal. She turns the same lovingly, teasingly critical eye on us authors in "Writers Forum: Translation 101." Deep down, we all think we're William Shakespeare, don't we?

What Hanan does exceedingly well is focus on relationships. Some of my favorites include "Roses Are Red," in which a widower must find a way to express his true feelings for the second love of his life. In "In the Orange-Sherbet Light," a middle-aged woman expresses gratitude to the aunt who adopted her many years before. Perhaps the best is "I Can Smell Him," a story of love and loyalty in which a married woman is tempted by an office romance.

There's also a touch of humor, as in "That Stalker Thing." Anyone who's ever had a celebrity crush should be able to relate to the hapless cocktail waitress's experience. Any author/edit whose other website is devoted to the fashion uses of duct tape must have a sense of humor.

Because it can be read in small chunks, this book is perfect for inspirational book clubs composed of busy members. If you loved Oliver Frances' book 'Heart and Souls,' you'll also love this book.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kenn Allan on Jan. 05, 2011 :
I enjoy this type of story; they unfold gradually with few indications exactly where they're heading until the final paragraph. Overall, a most satisfying read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Karen Brown on Jan. 02, 2011 :
Creative mix of charming, poignant, inspirational and even convicting stories that touch the heart & soul. Love the biblically based stories - made them relevant & brought them to life in fascinating narratives.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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