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
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.