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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...
I have just finished Sawyer Bennett's "The Hard Truth about Sunshine" and my heart feels so incredibly full. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book but judging from the synopsis, I had an idea that this was going to be one of those stories that stepped outside the mould of your regular romance novels and I wasn't wrong. Wow what a story, what a wonderful, inspirational, poignant, life affirming journey I feel I have had the privilege to go on with four characters who completely stole my heart and made me (very much) want to be a part of their circle (warts and all, lol).
I can't even consider that there are other possibilities out there, because that
would mean opening myself up to hope, and that in turn would mean
opening myself up to failure and hurt. Not even going there.
Told from Christopher Barlow's POV, "The Hard Truth about Sunshine" was a story about self discovery. It was about facing fears and overcoming them. But most importantly it was a story about hope. This book made me look at my life and made me want to be a better person. It made me want to take the plunge and reach for those dreams I didn't think I had a cats chance in hell of achieving.
As for emotions, boy did this book make me feel. Be prepared to wear your heart on your sleeve with this one. You honestly won't be able to hide how you feel as you take this road trip across parts of America with this unlikely group of characters who are thrown together courtesy of a counselling support group. I laughed and cried, felt so much joy yet equal amounts of sorrow as stories were told, secrets and truths were revealed and issues were resolved. None of these characters had an easy time of things but each one handled their own situation so differently and I wondered on many an occasion who would sink and who would swim when faced with adversity.
“Do you still want to die?”
Barb actually gives a genuine smile in return as she nods. “Every damn day.”
None of us know what to say, so silence envelopes the table.
And then… in a voice that’s barely audible, Barb adds,
“But I also want to live every damn day too. I’m just not sure which I want more.”
Whether you read the synopsis or not, this book will still surprise you and will still affect you. Honestly, it's difficult not to be touched by each and every one of these characters and the stories they share with you.
One last thing before I finish up. for those hopeless romantics out there, there is the most beautiful love story that comes out of this book. It definitely isn't the main plot but it works so perfectly, shining some light on some dark moments.
"You're like a blaze of bright sunshine that
the fucking darkest sunglasses can't repel."
I'm not sure what else to say about this book without spoiling it for you. All I can say is please take the plunge and click. You won't be disappointed. This is one of those books that I will remember for a long time.
I rated "The Hard Truth about Sunshine" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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.