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.
Top Read of 2017!
I was a mess by the time I got to the words “The End” and I would go back and do it over and over again, because this book was amazing! So, head’s up, make sure the tissues are handy, you have a quiet place to read and then dig in to this beautiful book about love, loss, redemption, life and death.
Listen, I’ll be honest. If you are expecting a steamy romance a la Sawyer Bennett that is not what this is. The Hard Truth About Sunshine is so much more than just sex and a happily-ever-after. This is my favorite of all of Sawyer Bennett’s books and I am a big fan. I’ve read them all, but this one hands down takes the top spot.
Told entirely from the POV of Christopher, a broken former marine with an attitude problem and a deep hatred from life, Bennett has given us something different, brilliantly different. Bennett tackles topics like depression, death and suicide with honesty and a realistic rawness that hit you deep, but she does it with so much care and brilliance that I am truly in awe of her. Even though Christopher is rude and angry and at time down right mean, she writes him with enough care that you can see the light and goodness beneath the raw and angry exterior. I found myself deeply invested in his happiness and I rooted for him hard from the beginning. It was emotional to read his journey with these three other people that he assumed he had nothing in common with. To see him begin to slowly open up and start to develop a trust was truly amazing. I loved his character.
The three other members of the road trip foursome were equally intriguing. Jillian is a perpetually glass half-full kind of girl, who despite her own issues is constantly lifting the others up. She never backs down from Christopher and she always seems to know just what the others need. Conner was heartbreaking and beautiful. He was wise beyond his years due to his circumstances and yet he was often the comic relief that was so desperately needed at times throughout the book. Finally, there was Barb. Barb was perpetually depressed and her thoughts were never far from suicide. She was dark and yet we were honored with tiny glimpses of the girl she once was before.
This book is not an easy read by any means, but it is well worth the emotional upheaval that Bennet’s words bring. She does not back down and sugar coat difficult topics, instead she approaches them with raw honesty that is at times uncomfortable, but the discomfort is worth it… so worth it.
I cannot recommend this book enough and I hope you will take yourself on this beautiful journey of redemption, friendship and love.
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