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~2013 Finalist National Readers' Choice Awards-Best First book/Best Novel with Romantic Elements
~2013 Winner Chatelaine Award for Romantic Fiction

"If you're looking for a book that will keep you intrigued, then I recommend The Hourglass. It's a book you will read cover to cover and then think about after you're done."
......4-STARS ~ Long and Short Reviews - July 2013
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"This writer is exceptional, and the way you get to know all her characters so completely is outstanding. She showed how people can overcome life's obstacles and begin to live again. I really enjoyed this story."
.....41/2 STARS ~ It's Raining Books - July 2013
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"I am SO GLAD that TLC Book Tours let me review this novel! From the minute I started it, I couldn't put it down." 
.....5-STARS Why Girls Are Weird ~ October 2013
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"This book is very sweet at times and totally romantic. Sharon has a very smart and professional writing style that I found refreshing; with interesting plot twists added in."
.....4-STARS ~ 3 Girls and a Book Obsession

About the Author

Novelist Sharon Struth believes you're never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, received first place in the Dixie Cane Memorial Contest and second place in the Golden Heart. She writes from the friendliest place she's ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut, along with her husband, two daughters and canine companions. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit sharonstruth.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 489 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Etopia Press (April 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIX1YDO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Novelist Sharon Struth believes you're never too old to pursue a dream. THE HOURGLASS, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards for Best first Book. Her Blue Moon Lake Romances (Kensington Publishing) Includes SHARE THE MOON, HARVEST MOON, and a christmas novella, TWELVE NIGHTS.

ACCLAIM for Sharon's work:
"Struth has a gift for layering stories within stories while keeping them all connected."--Library Journal

"Sharon Struth writes a good story about love and loss. She knows her characters and has a path she wants them to take."--Eye on Romance

"Heart-tugging small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!"
--Laura Drake, author of RITA-award winning The Sweet Spot


Blogs at "Life in the Middle Ages" www.sharonstruth.wordpress.com
Website: www.sharonstruth.com
Facebook Author Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sharon-Struth-Author-Page/139641182749036?ref=

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Brown on June 12, 2013
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I've read many great books, but finding a story that tugs on my emotions and won't let go even after the last page has turned is rare. The Hourglass by Sharon Struth is such a book. Her characters, CJ and Brenda, are real people. I liked these people...worried about them. They're the kind of people I'd like to know. Heck, I'd like to be them! Through love, loss, and gentle forgiveness, the author weaves a tale that had me drawing a deep breath and saying, "Now, that was a story worth reading."

Read it...you'll love it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristen on May 11, 2013
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Incredible, Amazing,Fantastic!!! I loved, loved, loved the Hourglass! I was hooked from the very beginning and had a very hard time putting it down. This is the kind of book that once you start reading, you do not want to stop. The characters were so wonderfully developed and relatable and the chemistry between them was great. I could not wait to finish the book to see how it ended but now that I am through, I am sad it is over because I really enjoyed it. I can't wait to read more from Sharon Struth!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AJ Nuest on July 18, 2013
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This debut novel by Sharon Struth is a true testament to how an author can use the power of their words to reach inside the reader's heart and fill it with hope. While on the surface The Hourglass is the story of a woman finding her way after the tragic loss of her husband--the mysteries surrounding his death and the growing attraction she shares with a famous author and work associate--on a deeper level, this book is about so much more. The human condition is such that we often spend much of our lives toting around a lot of extra baggage, usually in the form of past hurts we've either experienced firsthand or dealt toward others. At it's core, The Hourglass addresses this issue and how, with the help of faith, friends and--most importantly--forgiveness, we can set those bags down and discover true happiness. I give this book and author two thumbs way up for reminding me that no matter what mistakes I've made, the power to reconcile those negative thoughts lies within me. All it takes is a flip of the hourglass.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on July 10, 2013
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Well rounded and believable characters are what make The Hourglass a worthwhile read. The plot is no slacker, either, but it's the characters that will keep you turning pages.

From the moment I met coffee-deprived Brenda, I liked her. She is strong and determined and I really enjoyed her sense of humor. CJ took a little longer to like, but when he started to open up a bit, I understood what Brenda saw in him. Other characters are involved in the book, but they weren't as clearly defined. That may be partly due to how sharply I could see Brenda and CJ, so everyone else faded a bit when compared.

I have to admit that having Brenda as an author of successful non-fiction books that focused on relationships stretched my belief system a bit, considering that she'd (almost) had an affair and didn't realize her husband was suicidal. Still, whether I found that believable or not didn't really matter, since that wasn't focused upon, not even in her role as an advisor to CJ for his book. That was more pure psychology than having a focus on interpersonal relationships.

Their chemistry is apparent from the start, even though both spend the first part of the book dating other people. It was interesting watching them come to terms with their feelings, especially CJ as he really didn't want to feel anything positive toward Brenda.

The mystery of Jack's death isn't really a driving force in this book. Its focus is on healing that both Brenda and CJ need to do, and how they do it, and on their relationship. The author does a wonderful job dealing with both things. It's interesting ... the book isn't edge of your seat exciting, but I was really hooked and read it in just a few hours with very few breaks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Strang on May 5, 2013
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"I couldn't put this book down! It is definitely a page turner and intertwines story lines masterfully! Hard to get anything else done when you are reading The Hourglass. An absolute must and every bit as good as any current bestseller."
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This debut novel could be said to be a story within a story: the male protagonist, CJ Morrison, is a best-selling author who pens a dark thriller called "The Hourglass" shortly after his wife’s death in a car accident that leaves CJ guilt-ridden, for reasons that are unclear. CJ hires Brenda McAllister, a relationship and sex counselor and self-help author as a consultant for his manuscript on the advice from his publisher, to help him move forward with the main character. The two instantly share a mutual, and in CJ’s case unwanted, attraction. The author, Sharon Struth, has a knack for creating a palpable attraction between the two.

When Brenda evaluates CJ’s other bestsellers, she realizes that the fictional character in CJ’s new story may reflect his personal demons. Brenda has her own baggage as well, not least of which is the recent death of her husband of 25 years, whose suicide is viewed by nearly everyone as proof that he was guilty of fraud at the Stamford, CT office of Global Business Systems. Brenda doesn’t believe it, but worries that the almost-violation of her marriage vows with her late husband’s best friend and colleague, Luc, might be why her husband took his own life.

The main characters each possess a set of all-too-human flaws as well as other romantic interests which complicate their reactions to the attraction each feels during their work sessions, but each of them must conquer their personal demons before they can act on said attraction.

Their repartee at each subsequent meeting is well-written and accurately reflects each of their conflicting push-pull emotions.
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