The Hard Truth About Sunshine
By Sawyer Bennett
Release Day: March 28
New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet. Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence.
Despite having narrowly escaped death’s clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It’s only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life.
What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again… can he learn to love again?
He’s about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can’t decide whether she wants to live or die.
Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all.
The hard truth about sunshine…
Hands down, this is one of the best if not the best Sawyer Bennett book that she has written. Going into this story, I knew that it was going to be a different look from her, having read her Off series and the hockey series. And I loved, loved, loved every second of it.
The book touches on a lot of tough issues that we see today, especially death. The main focus is on Christopher who leads this group of people who have gone through or are going through traumatic experiences from the past. He himself suffers from PTSD after losing his leg and some fingers during one of his tours. I was enthralled by Christopher’s story and how he comes out from the darkness of his experience to fine light (i.e. sunshine) in the other characters in the book.
Like any road trip, there are some fun times and light moments, but it’s the real moments that shape your memories or your feelings about the book. Sawyer Bennet doesn’t shy away from the issues and faces them head on drawing real, raw emotion with each and every word that she writes. For me, this book sets apart from her romance novels (even though this one does have a love story). This book is a book that forces you to look at your own life and wonder how much sunlight do you actually let in. Are you happy with your life? Because if not, you should. You should only see life in lights and colors because that’s all you get. One life.
That twist though! Omg. Like I knew something was gonna happen because you could just feel it. But when it does, its just heart breaking and hurts you right down to your soul. I had hoped that it would be one of those ‘while I expect it to happen, I really hope it doesn’t’ kind of situations. Mainly because I didn’t want to cry.
Also, I am not one to read forwards or anything like that. I usually just end the book when the last word is written, but this one I did and I’m glad I did. Bennett experienced something that I have experienced once and the way she explains what happen makes so much sense. We thank these soldiers for their sacrifice but many of them probably are angry about what happened and by us thanking them it only reminds them they lost something when they were at war.
I hope that Bennett does something like this again because I would love to read more.
Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions. A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone. Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.
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