- File Size: 2220 KB
- Print Length: 97 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (May 17, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071YNPXTX
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,796,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Sun Still Rises (World of Love) Kindle Edition
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Oh my goodness, this was the cutest! I will admit I squealed a little already at the blurb--specifically the fact that the story is set during the San Fermín festivities in Pamplona, Spain. I've never actually been there, myself, but I've watched the running on tv almost every year since I was a child. With that, the very Spanish sandwiches (all that tuna <3 ), and of course the tortilla that the MCs make together (the author insists on calling it a 'Spanish omelette', which is technically true but doesn't do the unique deliciousness justice—on the other hand, Laura Bailo's writing really does, so I forgive her, haha), the setting truly shines in this novella. And I'm not going to lie—I may have cried a few times just because of the recognition and the feeling of having a physical place you (sort of) know represented in fiction like that. Of course, representation is great in general, but this is the first time I've had a reading experience that nailed it in terms of a location. The backdrop for this story is truly alive.
But those were far from the only moments I cried while reading The Sun Still Rises. There are so many feelings in this story: nostalgia, grief, hope, anxiety, comfort, caring and love—and they're all so . . . real, and wonderfully grounded within the characters, who are absolutely adorable together. This may be a shorter read, but the story still manages to go deep into those feels, and all my tears were of joy. If you are looking for a sweet, romantic little piece of sunshine of a story, The Sun Still Rises is it.
Erik is on this trip to learn about his father but also ends up facing his own anxiety issues. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for David so quickly. David is kind, friendly, and to Erik, very attractive. Together they do the Running of the Bulls and spend the rest of their time exploring Pamplona. During this adventure, Erik learns to take risks and not let his anxiety hold him back. He begins to form a romantic relationship with David and despite it’s quick timing, it is a healthy relationship for him. While their time together in Spain is cut short, the reason is for Erik to go home and see a therapist about his anxiety as well as the effect of his father’s death, something that would not have occurred without meeting David. Their relationship manages to endure the long distance and the reader is able to watch Erik grow and cope with his issues. This was a short book but achieved a lot with a small number of pages, including creating a believable relationship between Erik and David.
Feeling his father's loss greatly Erik plans a last minute trip from Phoenix to Spain. He makes no further arrangements other than just getting to the small city of Pamplona. After his father spent decades trying to get Erik interested in the running of the bulls he's finally arrived. Only he didn't make a reservation. He's tired, confused, and without shelter.
David the local tour guide takes pity on Erik and offers him his spare bedroom. Watching Erik and David navigate the "stranger danger" of the situation had me giggling quite a few times.
Watching the magic of the city weaves its way into Erik and David's budding friendship was beautiful. I just wish we got to experience more of the culture the little city had to offer.
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The Sun Still Rises is a sweet little read with a touch of sadness that keeps it grounded.Read more