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Sunshine on a Rainy Day: A funny, feel-good romantic comedy

3.22  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  56 reviews

A hilarious and heartbreaking read, for anyone whose life hasn’t quite gone to plan… The only book that fans of BRIDGET JONES and MARIAN KEYES need.

‘If you enjoyed One Day, you’ll love this.’ Reader review

It’s Zoe and Jack’s first wedding anniversary party. They’ve got an announcement! They’re getting divorced…

Marriage isn’t for everyone – something that Zoe and Jack disco

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published September 8th 2016 by Avon
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Aug 29, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
DNFed at 60 pages.

This sounded like a really fun read. A couple, married for a year, decided to get divorced but still live together. WHAT CAN GO WRONG? Well, actually, that's not quite how this story was told. Instead we go back to the wedding day, when Zoe is already questioning her decision. She's like the least bride-like person I've ever met in my life, and considering I could tell she shouldn't be getting married, it's worrying no one else saw that. Then, we see their first few weeks of ma
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, chick-lit
Originally published at Desert Island Book Reviews

This cover is so cute and I so wanted to love this book. The concept had real promise: a couple gets married and then announces that they're getting divorced at their anniversary party one year later. It could have been funny, or sad, or entertaining, but instead, I found it more annoying than anything else.

My main issue with this book was that the main character, Zoe, was immature and irritating. Her new husband, Jack, isn't much better, but the
Aug 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2016, arc
Got this as an ARC from Netgalley...(I requested it because the cover was cute, and the summary was interesting).

I'm still barely past the beginning, but oh my god, can Zoe be more insufferable? I would like to edit the Goodreads summary to this: "Marriage isn't for everyone -- something that Zoe (and maybe Jack? haven't gotten that far yet) discovered BEFORE she walked down the aisle." She knows, I know, we all know (maybe not Jack though) that marriage isn't for her. And yet... she gets marrie
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
First, I agree with some reviewers, the cover is misleading. Regardless of what people say, many of us do "judge a book by its cover." I would also change the title to: "Sunshine on a Rainy YEAR." That gives the reader a clearer indication that the newlyweds had a tough first YEAR, of adjusting to marriage. The wedding day was fine, the months after that, well that's the whole story! And it's a decent story really, relatable and possible. No spoilers, but for those that hated Zoe, and turned awa ...more
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
There wasn't anything feel good, funny or romantic about this book.

Zoe was horrid and selfish. The story blends past and present to good effect to explain why she behaves as she does, and why the couple get married, but I just couldn't swallow Zoe's behaviour after the wedding. No-one ever gets cross with her or points out that she is acting in a ridiculous fashion.
The other characters were really 2 dimensional and added nothing to the story. We never get the viewpoint of anyone else and Jack
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I couldn't get past my intense dislike for Zoe in this. For me, this was essentially a story about two people too immature and emotionally unstable to handle marriage - I just found it really annoying. That's all I can really say about this one. There wasn't anything I found particular funny or endearing about two individuals who got married and turned into children about the whole thing. Irritating rather than humorous. ...more
Ellie Pearson
interesting story. little bizarre in places but enjoyable nonetheless
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-releases, 2016

Those of you who follow my blog already know that I am not the biggest fan of cinema and watching films just bores me. However, there are some films that I could watch and watch, over and over again, such like "Bridget Jones" or ""My Big Fat Greek Wedding", but also I absolutely adored "The War of Roses" with Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. The description of "Sunshine on a Rainy Day" has totally reminded me of this film and it was for sure one of the things that made me request this book.
3.5/5 stars

The prospect of marriage has always scared me a little, and this book, *whistles*, this book brought to life all of my fears about marriage. The commitment, the pressure to be a perfect mum/wife, the assumptions that society makes about you, you name it.

Zoe never wanted to get married. She wants to be together with her partner, but just doesn't like the idea of marriage. Then Jack proposed, and Zoe had wanted to talk to him about it, but one inevitable thing led to another and she ju
Susanne  Strong
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Have you ever had a moment in your life where you knew you were making the wrong decision? Where you knew you were making a huge mistake but you felt like you couldn’t get out of it? Like you knew the day before, the day of and every day thereafter that what you were doing was completely wrong for you but you couldn’t say it for fear of hurting someone else? I know I have. And so has Zoe, one of the two main characters in Sunshine on a Rainy Day.

And for Zoe, this is a big one, she agreed to mar
Hannah Symonds
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was given an advanced copy of this book but I waited till recently to read it as I wanted to take a funny book on holiday with me. I really didn't enjoy this one, I read till halfway and gave up. I found Zoe quite irritating and very immature. I was hoping something would happen but unfortunately it did not. Even though I hate giving up on a book I just knew that would have to be the case in this book. This is my opinion of the book but other people may love it. ...more
Carol Scheherazade
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Again, who edits these books? Good story but needed editing.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Every single time I’ve picked up this book, I’ve mentally broken into song, humming Zoe’s song from the 90’s non-stop. That was annoying enough, the fact that the main character was also called Zoe just hurt my soul a little bit. Clearly the author intended to give me this annoying and persistent ear worm, why would you do that to me?!

Flaw two was the dedication at the front of the book, I felt like I instantly wasn’t going to click with Fraser and this was made abundantly clear b
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book could have had a lot going for it, but unfortunately the main character Zoe was very poorly written and simply came across as being very immature and selfish. Not to mention thoroughly annoying. I actually had no idea why her new husband Jack was with her - he could do a lot better. Indeed this is one of the mysteries of this shaky romance - Zoe is surrounded by an absolute bevy of totally charming friends and family who are very generous, kind and patient with her rank stupidity and d ...more
Sophie West
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading 'Sunshine on a Rainy Day'. This book really shows the true aspects of marriage and addresses the fact that life doesn't always go as planned. The chapters in the book alternated between the past and the present which I found helpful in understanding the relationship between Zoe and Jack however I do believe some of the chapters were not necessary. However, it was still a good read despite the unnecessary chapters and the predictable ending. ...more
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
At first I wasn’t sure at all. My first thoughts where “why get married?” As I felt no real happiness through the pages. As it went on I started to get into it and wanted to see how things worked out between the newly married couple.
I feel like the book ended calmly, no sudden twists and turns but overall I did enjoy most of it. I’d read it again and do recommend it if you like an easy, not complicated read.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
It says feel-good romantic comedy, it was more constantly-cursing-at-zoe and frustrated. This was that book that for me was ALRIGHT. However, definitely not for the impatient. I had a difficult time finishing this book, because every page i flipped made me want to rip this book apart.

Clearly from the first page Zoe had an issue with marriage and through out the entire book she was so stuck with the idea how marriage is the worse thing on this planet earth..

300 plug pages and perhaps only 10 pag
Janet Camilleri
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Zoe made me so impatient - I thought she was a bit of an idiot and really couldn't relate to her as a character. I nearly put the book down for good after about 100 pages but persevered. Of course by the end of the book you realise WHY she is the way she is but still ... she frustrated me no end! ...more
Elizabeth Dewfall
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Struggled a bit with the story jumping years couldn't sit and read more than a couple of chapters at a time ...more
Beth Cooksey
Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book is not hilarious nor is it heartbreaking.
This has been my waiting room book. Good for that purpose because it never bothered me to stop reading when I had to.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute fluffy read that I could see being made into a brill tom com movie.

Didn't 100% love Zoe, did adore Jack though, but Zoe's dad was the scene stealer. Absolute gem.
Jo Baalham-Curry
Feb 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
Was not my writing style. Had to not finish it after 50 pages as couldn't get into it. Was disappointed as storyline sounded good. ...more
Aug 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Dnf 29 percent. Didn't care about the characters or their story ...more
Jenny Oliver
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Witty and feel good with realistic if flawed characters. Enjoyed being in this world.
Rebecca House Howe
Bit boring. The characters weren’t likeable. Jack was a bit wet and Zoe is pretty selfish.
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
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Can we just take a moment to appreciate how STUNNING the book cover is?! Hats off to the team at Avon Books. What is even more fab about the cover is the fact the lettering on the paperback has a 3D texture (links to buy will follow!). Thank you to Avon for offering me the ARC in return for my unbiased and professional opinion!

I have the honour of kicking off Bryony’s blog tour and what better day to kick it off than…PU
Nana Adomah
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
I enjoyed a lot of it but just couldn't warm up to Zoe. I initially picked up this book because I was excited to see a pair of brown legs on the cover and it's so rare to actually have a brown protagonist in this type of "chick lit." I loved that Zoe was half Nigerian and her sisters and friends formed a nice community. However, Zoe's actions were truly nonsensical to me a lot of the time and while I could understand why she felt the way she did, nobody forced her to agree to marry Jack and it f ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on:> http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

I know the saying goes that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but just how pretty is this one?! I love the simplicity of it wit the white background and the different coloured raindrops. Just beautiful.

Sunshine on a Rainy Day is Zoe and Jack's story. They have just got married, but are now discovering that marriage really isn't for them. Pretty bad timing and they can't get divorced for a year, meaning that they are going to
Ella (The Story Collector)
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One month after her wedding to Jack, Zoe is not happy. She doesn’t want to become just ‘someone’s wife’, and the two of them have started arguing over the tiniest things. The result: Zoe wants a divorce. However, marriage laws state that a divorce cannot be granted before one year of marriage, so Jack and Zoe must spend the whole year still married, still living in their flat because neither can afford to move out, still at each other
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