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Sunshine Years Paperback – Import, 1981
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At the same time giives her husband freedom to be himself. If you need cheeringnup this is just the book for you.
Sam is always short on money and struggling to pay for basics like motorcycle repairs, medical care, and gas to make it to the next band gig, but he and Jill and his friends have a lot of love and humor to get them through tough times. Sam also has an eye for pretty ladies, especially since Nora doesn't really want to be tied down in a relationship, so many of the stories focus on Sam trying to balance his love life with his fatherly responsibilities. These are sweet, believable and funny stories but because Kate is dead, they're all told in the third person from Sam's perspective, and Kate doesn't come up very much. So if you were mostly a fan of Kate's narration in the original "Sunshine," or if you find it hard to deal with Sam moving on with his life beyond the relationship, this book might not appeal to you.
Also, the sexual mores in the book definitely reflect the thinking of the hippie free-love generation. Sam is often trying to get women he likes to commit but they don't want to be tied down and in some cases even want to have more than one boyfriend at a time. This is very realistic of young people's behavior and especially in the 70s time frame of the book, but because people today seem to be more interested in a commitment and concerned about "cheating", the stories come off a little bit dated.