Mad Joy

Mad Joy In the beginning a small girl runs into a wood and two years later walks out of it and into the nearest house Gracie the childless spinster who finds her curled up on her armchair takes her on as h

  • Title: Mad Joy
  • Author: Jane Bailey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In the beginning a small girl runs into a wood, and two years later walks out of it and into the nearest house Gracie, the childless spinster who finds her curled up on her armchair, takes her on as her own, seeing her as a feral gift of fate Known as Joy in the Cotswold village that adopts her, there is endless speculation about her wild past and comical ways In this mIn the beginning a small girl runs into a wood, and two years later walks out of it and into the nearest house Gracie, the childless spinster who finds her curled up on her armchair, takes her on as her own, seeing her as a feral gift of fate Known as Joy in the Cotswold village that adopts her, there is endless speculation about her wild past and comical ways In this moving and passionate tale, Joy grows into a young woman at the advent of World War II, and when she becomes romantically involved with a fighter pilot the extraordinary mystery of her past slowly unravels.

    One thought on “Mad Joy”

    1. Really enjoyed reading this book, was not the story I thought I was reading with some twists that I did not for seee strong theme of love through adversity was amazing

    2. Indulge yourself!Another great read from Jane Bailey! What a journey of ups and downs, love, regrets, mystery, so much to indulge yyourself in and enjoy. I don't write in depth reviews, listing every little detail. Why spoil it for others? Once you've read a story by Jane Bailey you'll be hooked! Anyway, this is a 5 star read, try it, you'll be pleasantly surprised!

    3. I so enjoyed this book. When I started reading this story, I didn't think I would finish because it was a little slow. I kept plugging away because I really hate giving up on a book. I'm so glad I did, once I did I flew through it. It took a turn I didn't see coming. There are lines that resonated with me on a personal level, I could feel Joy's pain.

    4. What an odd little story but it wasn’t bad. I kept reading to find out how all these characters were or weren’t related.

    5. The main flaw in Jane Bailey's Mad Joy is its similarity to her Tommy Glover's Sketch of Heaven. I don't think you'd want to read the two very close together. However, since I didn't, I had a very enjoyable time with this too.I very much enjoyed the opening of the book where Joy, as she is to be named, comes out of the woods as a little girl, her memories suppressed, and is enveloped by the lovely motherly Gracie who has been cheated out of so much in her own life. So we know that there are myst [...]

    6. This is a wonderful British story set in the thirties and forties of the twentieth century. The protagonist Joy has a devastating experience when she is four that effects her life, yet she is able to survive and become strong. The community is filled with a variety of unusual people that offer friendship, family, along with discrimination by class. With the war, Joy powers along making a success in the Army as a mechanic and driver. In that process she encounters people that clear the path to un [...]

    7. This is between a 2.5 and 3 for me. It was an easy read, but there was something about the book that I didn't really like - I can't put my finger on what it is exactly just the overall feeling and impression that the book left me with. I didn't particularly enjoy the main character, and found the first half of the book to be very, very slow reading. The pace picked up a little in the latter half, but never really got going. A good enough story but I felt as if I was reading from a distance and w [...]

    8. Not the Mills & Boon romance novel one might expect from the cover, this is an original idea that doesn't patronize the reader. Very well written and highly engrossing. Not overly sentimental in tone, it was puzzling enough to keep the brain cells working, and it was always interesting. Though not the usual type of book I reach for, I would highly recommend it nonetheless.

    9. I downloaded this book to my Kindle quite a while ago on the recommendation of a friend but never got around to reading it. I didn't know what I was missing. I really enjoyed Jane's style and the twists and turns in the plot. I felt that I got to know the characters too, which is really important to me as I like to see how they progress as the story moves forward.

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