Wednesday, March 29, 2017


The Hard Truth About Sunshine
By Sawyer Bennett
Release Day: March 28

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.

An angry, bitter amputee.
An optimist losing her eyesight.
A dying kid.
A suicidal thief.
Four people with nothing in common but their destination.

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.
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.

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Wow... Where do I even begin with this book?! This is absolutely unlike any other book that Sawyer Bennett has written.the Hard Truth About Sunshine completely captivates you from the very beginning. Reading this book will give you an  intense ride in such a good way. It's raw, packed with many emotions, nitty gritty and will leave you completely speechless but yet having a different perspective on life. 

Christopher Barlow has seen and done things we all wish to not. He can't undo them, yet he has survived the worst of it. When he reached the bottom everyone he loved left him leaving him empty and without any hope. You can't help but feel bad for him while reading his story. He used to live life with a purpose. Now after hitting the bottom, everything came tumbling down. Not caring about life and sometimes wishing it ended. When one situation puts him in a group of others. 

The people who make up this formed group come from completely different backgrounds but yet they must make a trip together for Christopher to get out of trouble. It was what started as the dying kids wish to see the other end of the world. At the start of this trip, Christopher hated every minute of it. I mean who wants to drive across country with a soon to be blind girl, a dying kid and a suicidal? That doesn't sound like any type of fun but it needed to be done.  

It's starts off a a race to get to the end to get to over with. But as we hear each of their individual stories you can't help but feel. Ore connected to each of them. I loved how Sawyer was able to me me feel as if I had known each of them and she made me feel like I was part of their journey. What is supposed to start off at as just a race to get to the end, ends up being a journey of four strangers finding themselves. Finding one another together. They give each other hope, courage, love and a whole new type of friendship.  

We watch the four of them open up to one another, learn from one another and learn about themselves. They help one another chip through their tough barriers and to find a new purpose. I enjoyed watching them bicker but I also loved watching them go through their journey. Even the happiest of them all has a story behind them. Who knows? The happiness could just be a front. Life is short. Live life to the fullest. Your cup may be half empty, but there is someone with a half full glass that can help you fill yours. Everyone has their own demons in life, but it really is how they rise above it. You can choose to live or you can choose the latter. Some outcomes are beyond your control, but how you get through comes from you. The past does not define you. You define you future.  

This book definitely got to me, in a good way. I had no one favorite character in this book, I fell in love with them all. This one is a book to stay with me for a long time. I will definitely be looking at life in a brand new perspective. Reading this book will definitely show you the hard truth about sunshine.

This review was done by Jenn. I received an advanced copy for my honest review. 


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.

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