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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.

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…

The Hourglass
The Light Between Oceans
Letters From Skye

THE HOURGLASS: a novel ~Sharon Struth

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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

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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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