New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett has written her most gripping and poignant tale yet. Provocatively heart-breaking, audaciously irreverent and romantically fulfilling, The Hard Truth About Sunshine exposes just how very thin the line is between a full life and an empty existence.
Despite having narrowly escaped death’s clutches, Christopher Barlow is grateful for nothing. His capacity to love has been crushed. He hates everyone and everything, completely unable to see past the gray stain of misery that coats his perception of the world. It’s only after he involuntarily joins a band of depressed misfits who are struggling to overcome their own problems, does Christopher start to re-evaluate his lot in life.
What could they possibly learn from one another? How could they possibly help each other to heal? And the question that Christopher asks himself over and over again… can he learn to love again?
He’s about to find out as he embarks upon a cross country trip with a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who can’t decide whether she wants to live or die.
Four people with nothing in common but their destination. They will encounter adventure, thrills, loss and love. And within their travels they will learn the greatest lesson of all.
The hard truth about sunshine…
Warning: This book deals with some tough issues including suicide and sexual abuse.
The Hard Truth About Sunshine was nothing like I was expecting, but everything I didn’t know I wanted! This was certainly not your typical Sawyer Bennett book. This read was an absolute sun shining surprise. You’ve got a story that revolves around four people who to an outsider have absolutely nothing in common, but once you hear their stories you realize just how much in common they do have and how much they certainly needed this road trip they embarked on.
One has tried to commit suicide, one is losing their sight and could die, another almost died and lost a limb and his pride in the process and another is actually dying. Now I know you are thinking this is going to be a total sob fest. I did cry at times however the message behind the story was positive and uplifting.
Christopher is the main character, after losing his leg in war it has hardened him. He’s angry bitter and really anything a man that has been through what he has would be. Jillian is the other standout character here and her “sunshine” literally warmed my heart. She made me smile when one would frown and she just truly saw the good in life. Barb was the suicidal one and when you hear the hard truth behind her story your heart will break for her. Connor is dying from cancer but he wanted to live as if his last day wasn’t approaching. The trip was about basically for Connor and his bucket list, but it ended up being what ALL of them needed, they just didn’t know it when it started.
The road trip wasn’t anything like they expected yet everything they needed especially Christopher. To watch him grow as a person throughout this ordeal was heartwarming. Seeing each character grow, live, love, let go of anger and regret made this an amazing read. Four strangers thrown together from group therapy, no matter how or why they were there, it’s clear fate had meant for them to experience it together.
This book pulled me in and made me take a hard look at things in my own life. We all have our demons, our struggles and days that are dark whether it’s something directly affecting you or someone you know. But there is ALWAYS going to be sunshine. You’ll always be able to feel it, even if you can’t see it on the darkest days. 5 Hard Truth Stars for The Hard Truth About Sunshine! Kudos Sawyer Bennett, this book was brilliant!
Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released more than 30 books and has been featured on both the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists on multiple occasions.
A reformed trial lawyer from North Carolina, Sawyer uses real life experience to create relatable, sexy stories that appeal to a wide array of readers. From new adult to erotic contemporary romance, Sawyer writes something for just about everyone.
Sawyer likes her Bloody Marys strong, her martinis dirty, and her heroes a combination of the two. When not bringing fictional romance to life, Sawyer is a chauffeur, stylist, chef, maid, and personal assistant to a very active toddler, as well as full-time servant to two adorably naughty dogs. She believes in the good of others, and that a bad day can be cured with a great work-out, cake, or a combination of the two.