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The Hard Truth About Sunshine

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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 esca
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published March 28th 2017
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Renee I'd say PG-13. While there's sex, it is implied, more of a fade to black sort of thing. It does deal with adult issues and there is quite a bit of…moreI'd say PG-13. While there's sex, it is implied, more of a fade to black sort of thing. It does deal with adult issues and there is quite a bit of swearing. (less)

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The Hard Truth About Sunshine is a raw honest portrayal of the many facets of life, happiness, sadness, second chances, vulnerability and demons. In this gripping poignant and visceral tale, Sawyer Bennett consumes you with the hard truths of her words, characters, emotions and life.

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Sawyer introduces readers to four characters. Four strangers who are battling their own struggles,
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Author's dedication: To that wounded marine with no leg and only half a hand I met in the Orlando airport… your pain made an impression on me. Semper Fi.

HOLY WOW. I'm wiping away tears as I write here. This was one of the most heart-felt and poignant books I've experienced in a long time. It made me laugh, cry, and feel for these characters so incredibly much. It was deep and meaningful. For those of you who've read this author before, this is an entirely new
Jennifer Kyle
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cry-baby-books
4 - 4.5 STARS


Sawyer Bennett delivers a story very outside of what an avid reader of hers would expect with this book. It is a poignant read of four people from a therapy group who embark on a road trip together. The story had rays of sunshine held amongst each characters; Christopher, Jillian, Connor, and Barb’s pain. The story from Christopher’s pov helped a reader see how this wounded war vet went from being consumed by his own losses to actually seeing the other three characters and in retur
Still in book hangover this one!!

With The Hard Truth About Sunshine, Sawyer Bennett gives us what could be her most riveting and touching book to date. It's unlike anything I've read by her. It’s both hopeful and heartbreaking. It's gritty yet uplifting . Bennett tells a story about life and death and choices. About courage and strength. About choosing to live life to its fullest when the gift of life is given.

From the dedication and having read numerous Bennett books, you can feel she had
Claire Robinson
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 - "Hope is a wonderful thing..." Stars!

The Hard Truth About Sunshine is definitely a book where you need to leave your pre-conceived expectations of Sawyer Bennett’s typical story-telling at the opening page. This book is nothing like anything I have read by her before.


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There is very little sex, so if
Natalie The Biblioholic
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought I knew what to expect when I started reading THE HARD TRUTH ABOUT SUNSHINE, but I quickly realized that I hadn't had a clue. This story had me questioning my own faith and outlook on life. Through Christopher's POV, I was guided through pain, loss, grief, betrayal, abandonment, abuse, PTSD, depression, devastation and hopelessness. I was also steered towards acceptance, optimism, friendship, freedom, hope and love.

Sawyer Bennett captured the lives of her characters (Christopher, Jillia
Jacqueline's Reads
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books, arc
4 Hard Truths Stars

Four things you should know about this book:

1.) It’s a Sawyer Bennett book, but it’s not the typical Sawyer Bennett read. If you are a fan of hers, you will be surprised but not disappointed. I promise you.

2.) This is a coming-to-age novel. You know that movie Breakfast club? The one with a bunch of misfits who hate each other and have a bunch of issues, well it’s kind of like that.

3.) This a road trip book and everyone has an issue. One is going blind, one is suicidal, one h
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
4,5 “make lemonade with your lemons” stars

“Listen… it’s okay if you want to sunshine your way through life and look on the bright side of things. And it’s also okay if you get scared and think the world is falling in on you. You can have both. You can have moments of great confidence in yourself, and then moments where you’re so low you don’t think you can make it another day. But the one thing you can never do is give up the belief that it will all be okay. And you’ll know it will all be okay b
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26-year-old Afghanistan vet Christopher has been hurt pretty badly in the war. He hasn't dealt with his pain and loss and anything really, that's why he needs to attend group therapy sessions to learn to live with his anger and hatred towards everything.

That's where he meets Jillian, Connor and Barb. All suffering their own horrors. 17-year old Connor is dying from cancer. Pierced and tattoed goth Barb is a depressed and suicidal thief who has been molested by her uncle as a teenager. And beauti
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Going into this book I already knew that it would be different. Very different from all the other Sawyer Bennett books. But it was so much more different than I could have had imagined.

The Hard Truth About Sunshine was an unique story about




and loss.

Everyone of the four main characters had experienced some kind of event that shaped them early on.

Christopher lost his lower leg and part of his hand in Afghanistan.

Jillian lost her sister when she was a teen and was gradually losing h
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Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hard but oh so good…

Going in, I heard a lot of buzz about this book. That it was different from anything the author had ever written. It was a love story but not a romance. It was about love but not in the traditional boy meet girl sense. It had all the feels – ALL the feels. Bring lots of Kleenex. And then go out and get more.

I can say that, honestly, they were all right. It was all that and much, much more. Life is all about control – whether you have any or not. Whether you make choices when
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
4.5 Stars!

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The Hard Truth About Sunshine, let me assure you, is like nothing else Sawyer Bennett has ever written (or that I've read from her). As states in the synopsis, the book revolves around a group of 'misfits.' Narrated by Christopher, a bitter, angry disabled veteran, he meets Jillian (a girl going blind), Connor (a teen with terminal cancer), and Barb (sometimes suicidal victim of child sex abuse) in therapy group for those suffering depression. When the therapist group leader offers th
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Let’s pray for the sun to shine its warmth upon us always, so we never forget the hard truth of it.

This is my first book by Sawyer Bennett and there is a sad beauty to the book but on top of that it is a book with a hidden depth. Although told by our Hero’s POV he is an upbeat kind of guy even if he doesn’t think so. With his humor and outlook on life makes the book stand out even more for me.

I'm going with Jackass’s words here. Of all of the stupid shite he had done in his life g
Lady Heather

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"5 - The Sun Shines It's Warmth on Us Stars"

I would give this book 10 stars if I could!
This book is so beautifully written and the story told so well.
I got lost and fell in love with these four amazing characters.
Now I really have to think about how I want to write this review because I'm I a freaking mess right now.

Beautiful story!
** If you do take the opportunity to read his wonderful book, please take the time to read the acknowledgment at the end to see why the author was inspired to write
Darlene Avery
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hard Truth is that rare gem. The one that comes to you unpolished and blemished, and yet so beautiful and raw you can't look away.

It is filled from beginning to end with truths we see every day, but are not always willing to face. They are not pretty. They are not wrapped in perfect packages. But when we stop to listen, to look, to feel ... we find hope.

Hope that each of us has the power to make an impact, to be more, to give comfort, and most of all just to listen when we're needed.

You see, w
AC Book Blog (Anne Christine)
WOW! WOW! OMG! I am totally speechless. This is the hardest book I read in a while – it’s emotional, sad, tear jerker for sure. I developed a huge lump in my throat the whole time reading, and I was a crying mess when I finished. This is a fair warning… The Hard Truth About Sunshine is no lovefest, rose or sunshine. It deals with some really tough issues such as suicide, sexual abuse, cancer and a little bit about war. In one particular scene I found it so gruesome I was literally gaging. I am h ...more
Mindy Lou's Book Review
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This book was incredible! I'm not going to be able to do this justice with my review, but what I can say is this book is staying with me. I can't seem to stop thinking about the characters and the issues they are dealing with or even the marine Sawyer Bennett was inspired from to write this book.

It was a great reminder that no matter how tough my life can be, there are others out there with so much more they are dealing with. Yet, you also get the message that even though my issues may not comp
~ Stéphanie ~ Tied up in Romance ~
The Hard Truth about Sunshine is without a doubt not your typical Sawyer Bennett's book. I know what I'm talking about because I read more than 30 books by her and this one is the most unique story she has ever written. If you've read the blurb you already know the book is a journey. I was a little scared to read it because I'm not usually reading books that involves illness or any form of depression and it was obvious I would have it here, still I was convinced that if there as one author who ...more
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!

Wow, this book took me by surprise. Something very different from Sawyer Bennett, but a beautiful, raw, heartbreaking, heartwarming and profound story that is still lots of fun, and that sucked me in from start to finish.

In a feel reminiscent to The Breakfast Club, we have a mis-matched group of misfits thrown together in a road-trip across the country as part of their group therapy.

The book is written from the sole POV of Christopher Barlow. An ex-soldier, he is struggling to come to
I gave this audiobook an A- for both the story and narration at AudioGals.

Narration by Lance Greenfield

What a unique book. Think of  The Hard Truth About Sunshine  as the “Breakfast Club” (as in the 1980s teenage movie hit) but instead of a bunch of high school students from different social circles being the members, we have four characters, two female and two male, that are in group therapy together. Each of the four main characters in this book is part of a therapy group that meets with a cou
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Sunshine stars

This was a book that pulled on a number of emotions for me, given the perceived storyline.

Told entirely from medically retired Marine, Christopher Barlow’s POV. Following an assault conviction, he takes the option to attend group therapy, rather than go to jail.

Christopher is aggrieved resulting from his substantial injuries he endured when his tank rolled over a live IED device. Having watched the immediate obliteration of his friend, undergoing 13 months of hospital and reha
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I have just finished Sawyer Bennett's "The Hard Truth about Sunshine" and my heart feels so incredibly full. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book but judging from the synopsis, I had an idea that this was going to be one of those stories that stepped outside the mould of your regular romance novels and I wasn't wrong. Wow what a story, what a wonderful, inspirational, poignant, life affirm
Alex ♈
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Let's pray for the sun to shine
its warmth upon us always,
So we never forget the hard
truth of it.

Completely new and unexpected side of Sawyer Bennett.
Her strongerst book!

I wouldn't call it a romance. This book is raw and honest, ugly and painful. I hated and loved it.

It deals with dark side of life, the side we'd like to ignore often, the things we'd rather look away.

The story is about life and death, love and hate, hope and hopelessness.
It deals with many heavy life themes: cancer, disability
This book was an emotional roller coaster that kind of ended well, but the subject matter was HEAVY. I am glad that I read it though I probably will never read it again.

Christopher Barlow was a former marine floundering after he was maimed by an IED. He was forced to get counseling after a suicide attempt as well as his continuing PTSD battle. During his group therapy, he met several people including: Jillian Martel, a woman going blind, Barbara Stiles, a woman who had attempted suicide a few ti
Karen- My Own Bookshelves
I'm struggling.

You see, right now, I'm reading other reviews trying to find words. Readers are using terms such as 'beautiful', 'poignant', 'meaningful', 'unforgettable', 'hopeful' get my drift. As each poetic description passes my lips, they taste flat on my tongue. For me, there are no words worthy of how deeply this story touched me.

In fairness, I bared witness to the story unfolding. As other authors will tell you, I am verbal, sometimes bordering on ridiculous, when I comment in pre-
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-2017
The Hard Truth About Sunshine by Sawyer Bennett
5 stars!!!

“I wouldn’t be killing myself today.”

I’ve read the majority of Sawyer Bennett’s books whether it be legal, hockey or her hot and steamy romances, no matter what book of hers I have read, I have loved it. Sometimes, you just connect with an author’s voice and they could write the phonebook and you would be happy and that is my connection to this author. So much so, I go in blind now. I didn’t know what I would be getting from The Hard T
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This book won't probably be everyone's cup of tea. It gives you a heavy dose of the ups and downs in life that can make you come off with some serious hefty feels. I mean, it started off okay but as the story went on sometimes I felt down, sometimes I felt attainment and realization, and sometimes I felt straight up depressed. It can really put you through the ringer and perhaps bring up hard limits for some. For those of you who don't like stories that deal with death, mortality, suicide, and a ...more
Anne OK
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
Not much more that I can add to what has already been said about the writing and the beautifully inspired story that Sawyer Bennett has gifted readers. Lots of hard truths on each page. In the end, it's comforting to know that the sunshine will be always be there to shed warmth and comfort even on the darkest days.

Highly recommend.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Christopher Barlow is an ex marine who lost his right leg and some fingers off his right hand when an IED exploded whilst on tour. Connor is a teen with terminal cancer and feels suffocated by his parents. Barb is a young woman who was abused by her uncle and has suicidal issues. And Jillian is an optimist who is loosing her eyesight. What do they have in common - Group Therapy. They meet weekly to either fulfil the court order or to seek help with their problems. It is not until Jillian suggest ...more
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Since the release of her debut contemporary romance novel, Off Sides, in January 2013, Sawyer Bennett has released multiple books, many of which have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

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
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“But the one thing you can never do is give up the belief that it will all be okay. And you’ll know it will all be okay because regardless if you’re up or down, I’ll be with you through it all.” 2 likes
“I love when the sun comes out after a dark rain,” Jillian murmurs, her eyes still closed. “How it just brightens everything.” 0 likes
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