Haunting Joy

Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
Joy’s new dress has a secret – one with a little supernatural history, one that’s a little more than she expected. Seventeen-year-old Joy tries on a thrift-store dress her grandmother gave her. It fits perfectly. Trouble is, now it won’t leave her alone. Joy is swept up in an extraordinary journey to help a ghost complete some unfinished business. How far will she go to uncover the truth? More

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About Lena Goldfinch

Lena Goldfinch lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She's been a past finalist in several national writing contests, including the RWA Golden Heart and ACFW Genesis contests, and has been published in short fiction. Visit her online at: http://www.lenagoldfinch.com

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Review by: inahreads on July 23, 2014 :
This book was a fun read. I liked the overall concept of the story. It’s easy to follow and it’s very interesting.

I liked Joy’s character. She’s easy to relate to. Nick’s character is also likeable. I like the guy and the fact that he and Joy got to hang out made me really happy, because from reading the prequel, Chain Reaction, I knew that there’s definitely something to anticipate regarding their relationship.

I wished I’d seen more of Em’s character though, I think she could have been a great character.

I’ve read the sneak peek of the sequel and I think I’m going to have a great time reading it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bonny Bon Bon on July 16, 2014 :
Firstly I'd like to thank Lena Goldfinch for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review

I will be the first to admit I'm not normally a fan of ghost stories but since I have read most of Lena's other books and enjoyed them I thought why not?.
I am very glad I wasn't deterred from past experiences because Lena has written a lovely fun story and if more ghost books were like this one id be inclined to read them more often.

We first meet Joy while she and her friend Emily are going through some thrift store items Joy's grandma has sent her. For some reason she is drawn to the lovely white dress with matching shoes and necklace she finds amongst the clothes, even though she doesn't usually wear dresses. Unknown to Joy at first this dress isn't just a great thrift shop find but is also haunted by its previous owner Beth.

Once Joy realizes this, she is determined to help Beth with whatever it is that's keeping her here even if that means letting the boy she has a crush on think she is crazy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Alisa Ables on Jan. 02, 2014 :
Great fun read for teens and adults alike!
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Joy is just your average teenage girl, until the day she receives a bag of thrift store clothes from her grandmother. In the bag she discovers a bag containing a dress, flip flops and a necklace. Suddenly she finds herself a bit obsessed with the dress and feels like it may be haunted. She feels like she needs to discover the story of the dress and see if she can help with whatever unfinished business the ghost may have. Soon her friends and family become concerned for her because she had changed so much and can't get her mind off the ghostly girl. No matter how crazy things become in her life, Joy knows that she must see her quest through to the end.
This was a pretty good story. I liked the characters, especially Joy. She was very tenacious and loving, which you can see with all of her hard work to help a dead girl she never even knew. I was a bit disappointed in how short the story was. I am not a big fan of shorter books/stories. I like my stories with a bit more depth. That being said, for a shorter book this one was very good and completely appropriate for anyone 12 or over.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Katrina Cope on Dec. 25, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book. For me it was far from being scary. There was a couple of moments in the beginning in wondering which way the ghost/spirit encounter was going to go, ie nasty or friendly.

I found the book overall an easy, enjoyable read. It was not ‘exciting’ but there was always something interesting happening and I love Lena Goldfinch’s writing style.

I received this book for free in return for an honest review. Thank you for the privilege.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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