Joy in a Box

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 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. More
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About Sally Hanan

Sally Hanan grew up in Ireland and became a nurse, but she left all the big family dinners, rain, and cups of tea when she and her husband won a green card lottery and moved to Texas. Her family now raised, she works as a book editor and occasional lay counselor and life coach. Sally lives near Austin, Texas, in a gorgeous 1930s home with her “hunk of burning love” husband and their spoiled-rotten doggie.

She is a 2021 Readers' Favorite gold medal winner for her nonfiction and has won numerous awards for her fiction and poetry in smaller writing competitions.

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Reviews of Joy in a Box by Sally Hanan

Prakash Vir Sharma reviewed on Oct. 6, 2017
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OMG! These boxes (short stories) are full of delight, suspense, surprise, wisdom, love, regret, disgust, frustration, surrender, sadness and much more. Sally Hanan presented a great collection of 30 flash fiction short stories. Some stories made me laugh, while others left me on the verge of tears. I enjoyed a good mix of parody and true stories. During reading this book I felt myself travelling to courtroom and church. As a life coach, she demonstrated her skills very well in this book.

I have found a blank page there, hence it's my personal opinion that the book needs reformatting.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Annabell Stoodley reviewed 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 58 days after purchase)
Erin O'Riordan reviewed on Feb. 2, 2011
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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 6 days after purchase)
Kenn Allan reviewed on Jan. 5, 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 5 days after purchase)
Karen Brown reviewed on Jan. 2, 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 2 days after purchase)

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