The Hard Truth About Sunshine Paperback – March 28, 2017
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"Oh, the emotion! The Hard Truth About Sunshine gives you an intimate look at the ugly side of life, and how the power of love and hope can heal the soul." - Melissa Foster, New York Times bestselling author
"What can I say about The Hard Truth About Sunshine? Sawyer made me laugh, made me cry... she made me care about this rag-tag cast of characters. The raw vulnerability of Hard Truth will leave you breathless and make you a fan of Sawyer's writing for life." ~ Marquita Valentine, New York Times Bestselling Author.
"The Hard Truth About Sunshine is a powerful, poignant look at the human condition; a window inside of four characters' souls. This book written in the male POV will touch you deeply as the author elicits a wide range of emotions from the reader. There is no doubt this story will reside in your heart long after you finish reading it." - Denise, Shh Mom's Reading
"There are books that tug at your heart, there are books that lift you up, there are books that make you feel all the emotions; The Hard Truth About Sunshine is this book and more. Sawyer Bennett has delivered a beautiful, touching, emotional, and realistic portrayal of how tragic events can unite us and how finding our strength comes from unlikely places." ~ Heather, The Rock Stars of Romance
"Sawyer Bennett takes you on an emotional journey that will touch your heart. Five breathtaking stars!" ~ Corinne Michaels, New York Times Bestselling Author
"I was captivated by this story that was simultaneously heart-breaking and heart-warming. It was RAW. HONEST. PAINFUL. BEAUTIFUL. A favorite!!!" ~ Aestas Book Blog
"Raw, gripping and poignant. Sawyer Bennett's evocative writing takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster in this beautifully written story of redemption. This is one for the keeper shelves!" - J. Kenner, New York Times Bestselling Author
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Paperback : 348 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1940883741
- ISBN-13 : 978-1940883748
- Product Dimensions : 5 x 0.87 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Big Dog Books, LLC (March 28, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #922,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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I have to admit I was a little nervous going into this book, only because it is so different and as one can tell from the blurb, it's not going to be all sunshine (seriously had to) and rainbows. I had no reason to be nervous..at all! This book is beautiful, moving and thought provoking. And it is sweet to, there are some unbelievably moving moments that just make you smile and think about "things". I was especially moved by Sawyers explanation in her acknowledgements as to how this story came about.
I know I'm being extremely vague about a lot of things in this books but honestly...you have to experience it for yourself and you will know why. And in turn you will understand how amazing this book truly is!
We meet four incredibly different people brought together for different reasons to try and find meaning.
There is Christopher Barlow a angry amputee, Jillian Martel a young woman coming to terms with losing her sight, Connor McCann a young man with terminal cancer and Barb Stiles a suicidal young woman.
What can happen when the four of them embark on a road trip. There will be many moments when you will hold your breath or a tear will run down your face but what you will feel when you see the words The End are every emotion that the four of them felt throughout their journey.
This book tells the story of four misfits from a support group who embark on a cross-country road trip to help a young boy live out his "bucket-list."
Each character has their own share of unimaginable hardships.
There's Christopher, a wounded veteran who is missing a leg and some of his fingers. He has no empathy for anyone else and has a very "woe is me" attitude (rightfully so) He is a self-proclaimed "jerk" and he honestly doesn't care to change that about himself. He only joins the support group because it is court-ordered. It's either that, or jail. Christopher starts out basically hating everyone in the group and is even envious of their conditions, believing they have it "easier" than he does. He often wishes he could trade places with Connor, thinking death would be the much better hand to be dealt. Christopher experiences suicidal thoughts at times, thinking ending it would be easier than living as what he believes is "half a man."
Barb is a suicidal woman who was sexually abused as a child by her uncle. He parents refused to believe her when she approached them about this and it played heavily into her depression. She is labeled as the "goth chick" by Christopher and is very closed off to the group. She prefers to be on her own and doesn't say much.
Connor is a teenager with terminal cancer. He has months to live and the road trip was really for him, although Christopher was able to get out of his support group sessions if he went along. Connor is sort of the glue that bonds the group together. Barb and Christopher aren't thrilled to be on this trip, but they play along for Connor's benefit.
Jillian is a young woman with a disease that is causing her to go blind. Although she has most of her sight during the duration of the novel, she will one day lose her sight and become legally blind. She also has a heart condition and could experience a heart attack if she exerts herself too much. Jillian is a ray of sunshine. Christopher even takes to calling her "sunshine." She is constantly optimistic, always encouraging the group to look on the bright side of things which is surprising to Christopher due to her disease. He doesn't believe that someone with her condition can be so happy and cheerful 24/7 and she slowly but surely gives him hope of his own.
This was a lovely novel that was as heartwarming as it was heartbreaking
If I could only use one word to describe this book, it would be bittersweet
I am a HUGE romance reader. Basically 100% of what I read is a romance or contains some sort of romance or love story. This book isn't necessarily a romance, although there is a romance/love story in it. If I am being honest, this book would have been just as spectacular without the romance. The bonds and friendships that were formed in this novel were so beautiful and important that I would not have missed the romance if it was not there. This story reminded me of the film The Breakfast Club which also deals with a group of four misfits. That kind of group, plus the road trip, made for an unforgettable and remarkable read
There were painful moments in this novel. The group knows that Connor is on limited time and although they all come to love and care about each other, they know they will soon have to face unbearable sadness. Sadness that they may not even be able to handle.
The character development was great, especially when it came to Christopher. At the beginning of the novel, he believes he is half a man. Unworthy. By the end of this book, he becomes someone strong, thoughtful, and caring. He undergoes a beautiful transformation, and I was so happy for him.
Each character will stick with you. I almost wish we could have gotten all of their POVs because I wanted to know more about who they were.
Top reviews from other countries
The four characters each attend a therapy group and its decided they should take a group road trip, so much happens, each conversation opens a little more of each character. I have a bit of a soft spot for Barb, she is a snarky smartarse -what's not to love!!! Christopher is the bitter, angry ex serviceman, who really doesn't want to be there, Connor the sweet teen with a heart-breaking prognosis, and sunny Jillian, the one who always looks for the bright side in every situation.
This is the kind of book that makes you want to be a better person, more open and understanding. What we see of each character is not the sum total of who they are and what they have either been through or are going through. You will find yourself reassessing how you think and look at other people.
Open your heart and let this book in. You will not regret it!
I thought at first it was a little strange to get into, however it didn't take long before i was completely hooked. What an absolutely fantastically written book. You will need a box of tissues and although i only finished this yesterday i still tear up thinking about it. Such a weird mix of characters but i loved all of them. At the end there is a little note from the author explaining how it came about, i am so glad i got this.There aren't enough stars for this book, it's just amazing.
It is essentially about a road trip featuring 4 individuals who met in a group therapy group. They all have their own issues and are encouraged to travel across America, in the hope that they will grow, learn and have fun.
The group encounter all sorts of experiences - some more positive than others. This is a complete departure from Sawyer Bennett's other books, but it is so well-written and I could not put the book down. What a triumph!!