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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling 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.
©2017 Sawyer Bennett (P)2017 Sawyer Bennett
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cyndi on 04-13-17

Great Emotional Story!

This book was nothing like any other Sawyer Bennett book I've listened to! It was such an emotional story line and the characters were all very strong in their own ways. This book is about 4 VERY different people with very different issues taking a trip together, only they each find more than they expected along the way. I giggled, I was sad, I was mad, I was happy.... Yes this hit a lot of emotions!! I loved that each character has their own issues that the others could never really understand completely but they tried and with that they found exactly what they needed in each other. This book touches on everything from depression, illness, PTSD, Loss & so much more. Great story!

With all that I loved about this book I have to say the narration was not one of them. I love Lance Greenfield but I didn't feel he was right for this book, especially since it was a solo narrated audiobook. He fit good for Christopher which was good because the story is told from his POV. But I had a very hard time liking & connecting with all the other characters because his voices & tones made them almost unlikable to me. I especially had a hard time with his female voices. I would have recommended dual narration or if going with a single narrator he needs to be able to pull off off the different ages for both male & female characters.

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5 out of 5 stars
By bookbruin on 04-24-17

Love is Watching Someone Die

Would you listen to The Hard Truth About Sunshine again? Why?

Yes and no. Yes, because the story and message are powerful and emotionally engaging, but also no, because I don't know if my heart can take it! This is not a lighthearted or easy listen. Some parts will gut you and rip your heart out, but others will make you laugh and leave you feeling hopeful. Just be prepared to feel every emotion when you start this story!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Connor was my favorite because I felt that he was the most honest and brave of the group. He accepted (as much as a teenager could) what life had dealt him and tried to make the most of what life he had left to live. I loved how many things he was able to cross off his bucket list and how the group rallied around him.

What does Lance Greenfield bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

So much emotion and feeling! Reading the words is one thing, but Lance's narration made the grief and joy our characters experienced palpable. I thought his female voices were OK, but honestly, his voice is so deep that I don't think he could have performed them any better. His narration as Christopher, however, was so powerful and perfect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Again, yes and no. I wanted to know what our band of travelers would do next and what adventures they would encounter, but I also couldn't handle it all emotionally at once. I needed time to process and understand what these characters were experiencing and going through.

Any additional comments?

When I finished this book, I kept hearing the song "What Sarah Said" by Death Cab for Cutie in my mind. One line in that song has always stuck out to me - "love is watching someone die, so who's gonna watch you die?"

Though a sad sentiment at first glance, I personally feel it's what it means to truly love someone. Standing with them through the pain, set backs, and heartbreak and ultimately as they say goodbye. Our characters experience this, but instead of letting the grief overwhelm them, they open their hearts and let themselves love and be loved in return. This was a truly emotional and powerful listen that I won't soon forget.

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