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THE SWEET LIFE: A Sweet Life Series Novel ~Sharon Struth

Monday, October 9th, 2017

THE SWEET LIFE is a very positive, sweet romance and I enjoyed the tour through Tuscany very much.  The characters were well developed and conveyed the main plot and sub-stories clearly; all in all it was a good escape and entertaining.

The plot is refreshing and will definitely keep the reader turning page after page. –Fresh Fiction

Mamie has been hiding out since she survived the terrible car accident that took her husband and daughter, leaving her with a limp and sorrow – survivor’s guilt.  Five years she has limped through her life and hidden out at home feeling the pain.  She knows her husband would have wanted her to embrace life and keep on living fully, but separating herself from her grief is not going to be easy.  She is persuaded to write a tour guide for a book company and the tour involves 2 weeks in Italy.

Sharon Struth writes a good story about love and loss.  She knows her characters and has a path she wants them to take.  – Eye on Romance

Julian is the tour leader and he is willing to take a risk or two along the way.  The tour is a group of people who celebrate their time at WOODSTOCK and do trips together to keep the momentum strong.  They are witty and fun and encourage Julian taking risks.  Julian has been running away from a tragic loss of his own and on top of it all he is being hounded by his former boss to return to his old job.  He spent a large part of his youth in this part of Italy and he shares his knowledge freely as he leads the tour on his own turf.

Struth has a gift for layering stories within stories while keeping them all connected.   –Library Journal

Early on as I began reviewing books I read Struth’s first novel, THE HOURGLASS, and also noted that her character development was fresh and intelligent.  I can only read so many romance stories in a row, and this was a good one to just sit back and enjoy fully.   Made me definitely want to go to Italy and see all the sights and taste the food.  I do not think I gained weight while enjoying this story.

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About Sharon Struth

Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best first Book, and her Blue Moon Lake Novels include the bestseller, Share the Moon.
When she’s not working, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail, travel the world, and enjoy spending time with their precious pets and two grown daughters. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit www.sharonstruth.com or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More.

Courage Can Take You places…

Related:
The Hourglass
The Light Between Oceans
Letters From Skye

COURAGE: Overcoming Fear & Igniting Self-Confidence ~Debbie Ford

Monday, May 21st, 2012


COURAGE the new Debbie Ford book was high on my list of reads and I was so pleased when the TLC Book Tours added her recent book to my reading list.   I have read all of Ford’s books and discovered her work when I was updating my counseling credentials and her first writing was included as a textbook.   I am never disappointed by her insights and I am pleased to see that some of the self- help league is also promoting her work – Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote the forward.

COURAGE  is a new look at how to transform all the knowledge a woman has gained about herself, sorting out the specific stuck places and then acting and responding at full volume within your authentic self – confidently.   It is about mustering the courage to understand the problems, dilemmas, and old definitions, letting go of fear, and then striding out into the world doing what you do best.  It is finding the GIFT in the distress – the reason that it is a part of your journey, and making it work for you at your optimum levels.

I think COURAGE is about moving into one’s fifties, actively moving in the right direction on target, and preparing for the creativity peak in one’s sixties.    There was that old hair color commercial that said: “You are not getting older, You‘re getting better.”   I think COURAGE is about turning the journey so far, and the lessons learned into response-abled wisdom.

Debbie Ford shares her journey as examples in the book and her stories are more down to earth and recitals of the kinds of things that EVERYWOMAN might experience and benefit from the process revealed.   The stories do not need a huge therapeutic intervention they are more likely to open one’s eyes to emotions and shadows and suggest actions that could propel a person forward onto new pathways.

I just felt as though this would be a great book for a support group to use as a guide.  With a few ground rules, a gathering of 6 to 10 women could each have a time to share and be mentored by the others as they completed her exercises and studied the book chapter by chapter.  They could form the cheer leading squad and long term network to assist and serve others in reaching their best selves.  The book is that good.

The book does not go into detail about how to find the stuck spots and the old childhood injuries that created the limits to one’s life,  by then combining this book with the CODE TO JOY, it could be most empowering and this book’s whole goal is to identify the sticking point and create forward motion.

This group could produce a great deal of power, motivation, and COURAGE.

What Motivates You?   Have you ever thought of making a support group for your life and encouragement?

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How To Be Rich and Happy
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