Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Hard Truth about Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett [Review]

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.

An angry, bitter amputee.
An optimist losing her eyesight.
A dying kid.
A suicidal thief.
Four people with nothing in common but their destination.

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.
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…

4 Hard Truths Stars
Four things you should know about this book:

1.) It’s a Sawyer Bennett book, but it’s not the typical Sawyer Bennett read. If you are a fan of hers, you will be surprised but not disappointed. I promise you.

2.) This is a coming-to-age novel. You know that movie Breakfast club? The one with a bunch of misfits who hate each other and have a bunch of issues, well it’s kind of like that.

3.) This a road trip book and everyone has an issue. One is going blind, one is suicidal, one has no leg and one is dying.

4.) It’s not a hard book to read, despite the dramatic overtone. It’s a dramatic book, but it’s an uplifting one. Trust me on this.

My four points is kind of my overall feeling towards this book, but let me go more into detail.
The main character of the book is Christopher, he was hit with an IED and ever since then (after missing his leg and some fingers) he hasn’t been the same since. He’s angry and bitter against the world.  I really enjoyed his character. I found him complex and likable (I really did). I guess I simply understood where he was coming from and I felt like his actions were justified. To me he was more bark than bite and he had the biggest heart out of the group.

The thing that made the book work so well was everyone’s story and the side characters. Jillian is losing her eye site, but she is the most positive person you will meet. Barb is suicidal and hates the world, maybe a little more than Christopher and Connor is a rich teenager and is dying of cancer. Each character is flawed, and each character has a story to tell.

This isn’t your typical over the top steamy read, but it is a romance book and it’s about misfits learning to let go, reflect and live. And why not do it with each other right?

The Hard Truth of Sunshine will suck you in and make you question life. When you are done reading you will feel like the world is a tiny bit brighter and there’s nothing wrong with that.

AN ARC was provided


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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays at home with their daughter and two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs Series, the Last Call Series and the Wicked Horse Series. She also writes the Cold Fury Series for Random House.

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