With The Hard Truth About Sunshine, Sawyer Bennett gives us what could be her most
riveting and touching
book to date. It’s unlike anything I’ve read by her. It’s both hopeful and heartbreaking.
It’s gritty yet uplifting
. Bennett tells a story about life and death and choices. About courage and strength. About choosing to live life to its fullest when the gift of life is given.
From the dedication and having read numerous Bennett books, you can feel she had to tell this story. I could feel the honesty of it punching me in all the feels from pain, loss, betrayal, depression, and hopelessness to acceptance, hope, friendship and love.
It’s been a really long time since a book has made me ugly cry or cry at all for that matter. Some have come close, but not like this. Not the kind of cry you need a tissue box next to you while you’re trying to finish a chapter and I loved every second of it. It’s the kind of book movies are made of.
In spite of having survived a roadside bombing while deployed, Christopher Barlow is angry. At everything. At the country that sent him to a war that caused the loss of limbs. At his family for their lack of support. At his ex-girlfriend for abandoning him when he most needed her. He’s stuck in a cesspool of despair he doesn’t want to get out of, until he’s forced to join group therapy.
After a few weeks of sessions the beautiful and eternally cheerful woman who’s losing her eyesight and her weak heart could give out at any moment suggests a cross country road trip to help the seventeen-year-old man-boy dying from cancer with his bucket list. Voluntarily forced to join the motley crew, together with the angry abuse victim who wants to die just as much as she wants to live, Christopher sets out on a journey that will change the way he sees life forever.
I loved going on this adventure and getting the chance to meet and know him, Jillian, Connor and Barb. These fascinating characters carved a place in my heart. There were so many hard truths and touching moments while getting to know them equally even though the story is told from Christopher’s point of view and through flashbacks we get to see how he became so bitter.
I don’t want to tell you much more about this story. When it comes to authors I trust, I’ve started jumping in blind and reveled in journey. Sawyer Bennett’s writing skills give us a flowing story that made me feel all the way to my soul, complex characters whose layers were well revealed, and despite the heavier topics there’s also a very sweet and fulfilling romance.
The Hard Truth About Sunshine is a standalone contemporary romance by Sawyer Bennett. It’s emotive and irresistible and will stay with me for a very long time. It deals with difficult matters such as suicide and sexual abuse. Told from the hero’s point of view and has a happy ending.
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* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via InkSlinger/NetGalley/PA. The excerpts are from that copy. I am voluntarily reviewing this title. *