After Rosie is stood up by 'Jack the lad' Jay, she agrees to go on a shopping trip with her sister Jackie. Rosie unexpectedly meets the man of her dreams, Garry. This starts a sequence of events that will change her life forever.
The young couple begin a fairy-tale romance, both looking forward to building an idyllic future together. But when financial and emotional difficulties threaten to tear them apart, shy naïve Rosie suddenly has to find the strength to keep everything together. Fuelled by alcohol, Garry turns into someone Rosie doesn't recognise anymore.
Can Rosie help Garry and bring him back from the depths of despair and self-destruction? Their love had been deep and unconditional but will love alone be enough to give Garry and Rosie the future they had always longed for?
Romantic and heart breaking - Sunshine & Tears chronicles the destructive power that alcohol can have on people's lives.
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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite Sunshine & Tears by Ruth O'Neill is a real life narration of an alcoholic man's wife. The story begins when Rosie, a teenage girl, is stood up by Jay, the boy whom she had a major crush on. She is in an inconsolable state, but her sister, Jackie, practically drags her to another city for an adventure. As destiny would have it, Rosie meets a man named Garry there and falls head over heels for his charismatic charm. There is an instant connection, which leads to an intense romantic journey. Soon, they decide to get married and begin their lives as husband and wife. Right from day one, she ignores Garry's over-dependence on alcohol. This ignorance does not bode well, and soon Rosie finds herself at the crossroads between her endless love for the man and the effects of his careless attitude towards his family. In Sunshine & Tears, Ruth O'Neill has written a heartwarming story about the constant struggle that an alcoholic's family goes through. In today's divorce-friendly world, Rosie's unconditional love for her husband is an inspiration. Her fighting spirit to stand with Garry through thick and thin is outstanding. The author has done a commendable job of highlighting the flaws in the system of taking care of alcoholics. By using the narrative style of writing, Ruth has peeled back the layers of slow destruction that alcohol brings to not only an individual, but to their whole family. Slowly, a person falls into a pit of trash and pushes every other individual away from him. The need for a support system for the caretakers of alcoholics is made crystal clear in this magnificent book. This writing is very powerful and moving. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a tragic love story with a powerful message hidden in it. Also, anyone who has been an alcoholic, or who has taken care of one, would appreciate this book.
Based on a true story, Sunshine and Tears is an open, honest, and believable glimpse of how alcoholism affects the lives of alcoholics and the people around them. I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review. O'Neill does an excellent job of portraying the characters realistically to demonstrate how alcoholism escalates over time. Rosie initially dismisses her concerns over Garry's drinking, but then discovers how much he is drinking when she is not around. I like that O'Neill did not portray Rosie as weak or silly. Rosie is your average bright gal who just happens to find herself in a bad situation. She learns more about alcoholism, and really tries to find ways to support Garry as he battles the addiction; however, she eventually realizes that nothing she does will make Garry give up alcohol. Keeping true to the story's realism, O'Neill does not write in a happy ending for the couple. I do not want to completely spoil the ending, but I was impressed that she did not shy away from writing an ending that really demonstrates the long-term effects of alcoholism. Sunshine and Tears is a compelling story that will inspire other women who, like Rosie, are coming to terms with their spouses' addictions. If you know someone who lives with a loved one who has an addiction, I recommend that you read this to gain an understanding of how the addiction affects the addict's friends and family.