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THE HOURGLASS: a novel ~Sharon Struth

I thoroughly enjoyed reading THE HOURGLASS and found it to be an interesting story line full of good characters.  I have to admit I was ready to move beyond the romance genre when I began this book and was pleased when I found this read to be a bit more thoughtful and stimulating a premise and not just great escape reading.

Sharon Struth has sent out into the world her first novel and she has done a good job and written well.  Her main character presents a good description of a strong individual who is healing from a crisis and yet still suffering from the questions which linger after a huge life changing event.  She needs to find answers in order to forgive herself and move forward.  Brenda McAllister is taking the first steps back into her life a year after her husband has committed suicide.  She is at a book conference to share her 2nd self-help book about relationships as she is a very successful relationship therapist and author.

In THE HOURSGLASS Struth has included those moments where Brenda feels doubt about herself and questions her authority; whether or not her clients will trust her again.  I thought this was well stated and played out as Brenda re-enters her world and literally bumps into her protagonist.   Brenda also understands how when one is in recovery one’s guard is often let down and new vulnerabilities emerge.  Brenda is in a weak position as she tries to unravel her husband’s motives and intentions; she is sorting out what role she played in his death. It takes several pushes from caring people and worried people to get her motivated to truly understand what was happening in her husband’s life and how she might save his reputation and bring her in to the here and now.

The story is more complex and included lots of good romantic aspects and communications of feelings.    I thought it was delightful how Brenda’s agent and friend proceeded to have her assist another author in getting his character “unstuck” in a relationship while she was recovering her own sense of “self”.

I would give this book a solid 4 ladybugs

4-Ladybugs
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I think many folks would enjoy reading THE HOURGLASS

(TLC logo) I was sent a copy of this book by TCL online book tours and ETOPIA PRESS.  Thank you very much for the opportunity to write this review.

Sharon Struth
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13 Responses to “THE HOURGLASS: a novel ~Sharon Struth”

  1. Alien Ghost Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Sounds very interesting a story were the starting point is such a contradiction between an expert in self-help and the suicide of the closest person she supposed to have. Seems like the exploration of the division line between professionalism and selfishness.

    Raul
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    patricia Reply:

    Raul,
    This was a fun story and very full of contradictions which made it very revealing and interesting.

  2. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    “…when one is in recovery one’s guard is often let down and new vulnerabilities emerge.”

    I like the storyline you described. As a transformational life coach, the sentence above describes what I often see so it particularly resonated with me.

    Thank you for another thoughtful book review.
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    patricia Reply:

    Laurie
    It is very much a story about vulnerabilities in crisis and grief to transition.

    Thank you for the tweet! and kind words.

  3. Sara Says:

    This sounds like an interesting read. It would be quite a challenge for Brenda to reposition her life and her work, given the suicide of her husband. It’s bound to bring lots of questions and self searching.

    As usual, you did a great job of making me curious about this book. Truly, you are one the best and most honest reviewers I’ve encountered.

    I hope you have a great weekend, Patricia:~)
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  4. patricia Says:

    SARA
    You make me blush.
    I Love to read and I remind you I do not put up book reviews that are not a 4 or 5 on my scale. The words come easy!

    My blogging and facebook community is starting to send me lots of their books to review and this is exciting. Just maybe I can figure out a way to get paid for having them put my words on their website or timeline? I could not do it without the gift of books.

    Jumping over to read your wonderful words right now !

  5. Talon Says:

    I agree with Sara, Patricia. You’re reviews are always thoughtful and thought-provoking. Because of you, I have some amazing reads ahead of me this winter. Thank you!

    Hope you and Zip enjoy your weekend. It’s gotten really cold here — very unseasonal. We even had a snow dusting yesterday morning! Ick – not ready for that quite yet!

    Patricia Reply:

    Kim
    No snow here yet and nearly 2 weeks of dry heavy foggy weather. Still raking leaves out of the street – trees are about 1/2 done. It is very cool today but sunshine all day maybe tomorrow. Zip loves his walk and well so do I

    Thank you for your kind words about my words. I love to read and share stories of all kinds and I that is reflected in my reviews. If I can learn something along the way – hip hurray!

    Happy reading, winter is on its way

  6. Sharon Struth, author of The Hourglass, on tour in October 2013 | TLC Book Tours Says:

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  7. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I’m a big fan of more mature romances so I’m glad to see that you enjoyed this one!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    It was a good read and I love to read. Thank you for asking me

  8. Sam Juliano Says:

    Sounds like this one is far more profound that the run-of-the-mill romance novel. As always you’ve written a wholly engaging book review Patricia!

    patricia Reply:

    Sam,
    I liked it because it did have more depth and also it could be a reality that others need to understand and deal with –

    I have just not posted reviews for 6 romance books that were not worth the effort. I do not like to review books that fall into my 1 or 2 star categories. The authors are hoping and put effort into the story and I just did not like it.

    Thank you for your kind words about my words.