The Hard Truth About Sunshine

The Hard Truth About Sunshine

by Sawyer Bennett, S. Bennett

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The Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett, S. Bennett

***** 2017 Kindle Book Awards WINNER - Literary Fiction *****

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781940883748
Publisher: Big Dog Books, LLC
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 821,795
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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The Hard Truth About Sunshine 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
Heartbreakingly poignant and soul shattering. My emotions are fractured after listening to this story but I need to write a few words. Sawyer Bennett has delivered a brilliant, emotional story of hope and loss, of pain and courage. I was determined not to read this book, well not anytime soon, but instead of reading it I listened to it on audio. This book is confronting on numerous levels but I am eternally grateful that I found the courage to listen. The Truth About Sunshine is burned into my soul. Thank you Sawyer Bennett
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed and cried. This was a beautiful well written powerful story about life and how each person deals with its many challenges. I fell in love with each character and my heart hurt for their pain and filled with joy for their courage. This book in many ways was a learning experience for me. Have your tissues ready.
avephoenix More than 1 year ago
The story itself centers around Four people with nothing in common but their destination. The Truth About Sunshine is a difficult but memorable book. I was hooked straight away. The story is tragic, painful, heart-breaking, emotional, beautiful, hopeful and inspiring. A fantastic and compelling read nonetheless. Beautifully well-written, in a way that I could see and feel everything this characters were going through while following their journey. I found myself engrossed in this book, crying, laughing, holding my breath, frenetically turning page after page, unable to put the book down until I knew what would become of this characters and their turbulent lives! Oh, is there romance in the story, you may ask. Well, the answer is yes. I enjoyed Author Sawyer Bennett's writing style on this book as much I have in the past; even though this story is different to the ones I'm accustomed to, her descriptions of the events, the characters and her brilliant storytelling never ceases to amaze me. This story touched my heart! I never expected this book to go where it went, but I definitely loved it, and highly recommend it!!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved this book! Although it is different from Sawyer Bennett's other books, this book touched my heart. The characters are so authentic and real with real life problems.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars — Before I get started, be warned about potential triggers! Luckily this author was smart and actually noted it in her blurb — nicely done!! This was a difficult read, but also a very different read. It had romance in it, but it wasn’t the main focus of the story in my opinion. It was really about Christopher’s journey from an angry man who was 100% an a-hole, to someone with hope again. It made it hard to read at times, b/c Christopher was mean and angry right down to his inner thoughts. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to connect with him because of that. But the author did a good job of showing what he went through, and showing how he came to that point. I thought it was really interesting and refreshing, b/c not everyone is 100% likable, and they don’t always make the right choices. I could totally understand why he couldn’t see the light…it still made me sad that he went full on hate-the-world, but there was a part of me that got it. And while I’m not sure I fell in love with him necessarily, I did come to sympathize with him and his struggle, and root for him to come back to himself. I had waffled about this book from the first moment I heard about it simply because of the difficult subject matter, but after reading some snippets on Book+Main Bites, I was just too curious and had to take a chance. I know some of the negative reviews question Christopher’s quick transformation, but I didn’t for some reason. I mean it was kind of quick, but he was also in a unique situation, where he was with these other oddball/misfits for 24 hours a day. So I can see how that would influence him more. He was confronted head-on with the struggles of the rest of the group, and he got a first-hand glimpse of how they were each coping with it, and…I don’t know. In the end, I was OK with his transformation. And through Christopher’s eyes we got to see each member of the group go on a journey. I fell in love with Connor and Jillian, and my heart ached for Barb. It was interesting to see how differently they all handled their individual struggles. I feel like so many times in books we just see the same thing, but this felt more real somehow. And I felt like it showed how difficult it is to deal with depression. It didn’t pull punches. But honestly, what really got me in this book was the connections that Christopher made. I really FELT the friendships he formed, particularly with Jillian and Connor…I felt like I formed those friendships myself. And they all made me laugh and cry. For a book told from a single POV, it was actually a great cast book. There were the occasional little things that bothered me…one in particular was Christopher and his pain pills. In one flashback in particular it appeared he was abusing oxycontin, and I just always assumed that addiction would be hard to avoid. Yet that wasn’t part of his story. Perhaps if it was a different pain medication I wouldn’t have noticed it. Obviously not really a big deal, it was honestly just a passing reference. It just up sticking out to me, and was a factor in why I chose to round down instead of up. All in all, while I was wary of reading this book, it really made an impact on me, and it had a nice balance of light and hope to counter the feels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing emotional story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and so touching. You laugh, you cry but most of all this book makes you feel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Your books are amazing. Keep doin' you, dear lady. This book was so out of your norm, but written so well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommended. Life's too short and you live it the way you want or not. Don't judge ....!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised! This story made me see into what our soldiers must be going through after returning home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get the tissues ready. You will be totally captivated with the 4 main characters and their journeys.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
Words fail me in trying to explain my reaction to The Hard Truth of Summer by Sawyer Bennett. This is not her usual, sexy novel. It is a story of four misfits who meet in a therapy group, two, who are court ordered, and the cross-country field trip they take. The story is told through Christopher’s voice. Christopher is an angry veteran injured in the line of duty and deserted by his family and girl as he heals. He sees no good in the world around him and in himself. On the journey he is accompanied by a beautiful woman who is going blind, a boy with terminal cancer, and an abuse victim who doesn’t know if she wants to live or die. Four people with nothing in common, encounter adventure, thrills, love and loss as they learn about and from one another. This was an intriguing and interesting story with very authentic characters. Ms. Bennett wrote an excellent story teller capturing the reader in the web of this story. Despite being a difficult story to read, I still highly recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
170184 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Sawyer Bennett’s books and enjoyed all of them. This book is so different than her style of writing and I just loved this story. I smiled, cried and felt everything that was written. This story touched me in heartfelt ways and gave me the hard truth that I always knew but took for granted. I am confident you will Love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely perfect! Loved every page of this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different from Sawyer's other books, but just as good. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing insight into a very disturbing reality. Excellent read. Thanks!!!
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
The Hard Truth About Sunshine is a heartfelt story, of a few very different people coming together, for the same reason. Christopher was injured, protecting our country. He's become bitter and really doesn't care what anyone thinks about him. He can't let it go, which in turn is turning him into someone he doesn't truly want to be. That is until they all decide to go on a trip. The road trip this four go on is enlightening. Bringing these four souls together. Where they find truths about themselves they didn't know existed. Though the topics are tough and the ending I didn’t expect. Sawyer was able to do this in a beautiful way.  The character development was great with Christopher. You could see his gradual change throughout the story. The only thing is, I didn’t emotionally connect with the characters. I did highly enjoy this story.  Overall, I give this 3.5 (Four) Boundless Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. Made me cry one minute and laugh the next! Extremely thought provoking! Thank you Sawyer Bennett for another fantastic read!!!
KaraS More than 1 year ago
Heartbreakingly profound. Wow - just wow!! I haven't been this moved about a book in a long time. As Sawyer Bennett has said - this is a complete departure from her normal style of writing. And the dedication and reasoning behind the book - make sure to read the acknowledgments - added even more depth to the story. This won't be an easy story to read for some - definitely dealing with difficult subject matter - sexual abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts, death/dying, and the consequences of war. But it is so worth taking the time. You will definitely grow to care about these characters in the same way they grow to care about each other. This one really makes you think and may change your perspective on some of these difficult subjects. "Each one of us hates our life. It's a burden to us. It's unfair. It's nothing but misery and torment, and we're pissed we're the ones who have to suffer it. Maybe not to the same degree, and not for the same reasons, but it's the absolute tie that binds every one of us". Give this book a try - you won't regret it and maybe you'll be able to better understand the hard truth about sunshine!
Naughty_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
A powerfully emotional and deeply moving journey that bleeds with raw emotion. This story is unlike anything Sawyer Bennett has written before, delivering a sucker punch straight to my heart. It put me through an emotional spin cycle, leaving me drowning in a deep, dark hole overflowing with pain and heartbreak, yet still delivered a life changing message filled with love and hope. I finished this book last night, but it’s nowhere close to be out of my system. It haunted me in my sleep last night, and even as I thought about it driving to work this morning I found fresh tears to cry. The story is told from the point of view of the injured soldier. While attending court-ordered therapy, he forms unlikely attachments and relationships with the three other therapy participants. This band of misfits embark on a dying boy’s “bucket list” journey across the country. There is a little bit of humor and romance and a lot of super-sized emotion. This story truly delivers “all the feels” as well an eye-opening, life changing perspective on life.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I've read quite a few of Bennett's books and a few of them have taken me on a ride of emotions before ... but I think that was just to prepare me for this one :) While there are deep moments, there is also a good amount of humor and fun. It took me up and down and around. And I enjoyed all of it! I really loved this little group of troubled souls, road-tripping their way across the US for all different reasons. It starts out as a chance for Connor (dying of cancer) to knock a few things off his bucket list, but everyone ends up learning something along the way. And while Christopher is our main character, you quickly find yourself attached to everyone as he (and us) discovers a little more every day about the others, and himself. He's drawn to Jillian, who has an amazingly bright outlook on life even though she is slowly going blind. She, along with Connor, has been the most open about therapy and embraced all of them, regardless of their prickly nature. Conner is facing death head on and trying to experience life a little bit more before his time. Barb is as negative about the whole process as Christopher but she too starts to open up, just a little, and we find out that her scars are so much deeper than what you can see on her wrists. Christopher also has signs on the outside of his body of what he's been through, but nothing compares to the turmoil underneath. While they are each dealing with some of the heaviness that life has to offer, they are handling them in different ways. But together, they might manage to get to a place where they can face life, and all that it brings, with their heads held high. To find a way to laugh, love, and enjoy again. This book is definitely not for everyone. But if you think your heart can take it then grab a box of tissue, put your feet up, and go for a journey. You'll laugh and cry and sigh and you might even find bits of them in you. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
Momscookingthebooks More than 1 year ago
I am at a loss for words! I have never been moved so much by a book before! So many of the authors I have read have given me the pain in the chest, lump in the throat, tears on the verge of falling, but never have I ever had tears leaking down my face as I sobbed my way through this groups journey. The synopsis doesn’t do it justice. No matter what I write here will do it justice. I went into this book cold. I thought what could happen here. Is this a love story? Well let me tell you so much happened! This is not your typical Sawyer Bennett novel. It is so much more! This is the best thing she has ever written in my opinion. She touches on subjects that are delicate and it is handled with amazing care and in a very realistic way. The story is so well written and smooth that even as you are experiencing all the feels in this book, time just falls away. I lost all track of time. I was taken away by this journey. It was like I was right there experiencing all they went through. There were laugh out loud moments. There were tender falling in love moments! Most of all there were moments that took my breath away. These four people went on an amazing journey and I am so glad that I went along. If you want to read a book that will move you to the core, then this is the book for you.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
HOLY WOW! To say this was a complete about face from Sawyer Bennett's other books, is an understatement. I love her books so, of course, I preordered this one but wasn't ready for this story. I had no idea just how much this story would touch my heart. You become totally absorbed in the feelings of these four tortured souls. I couldn't put it down. I don't want to say too much because this is a story you must experience without prior knowledge. It will touch your soul, bring tears to your eyes and in the end leave you in a better place.