#BookReview: Sunshine After the Rain by H Pearce @Harrypwrites @bookroar_tweets
Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for a book by an author I came across in January of this year, H Pearce, and here is another book of hers I’ve now read >>>
About the Book:
When Sarah’s world is devastated in the blink of an eye, she’s left behind with the broken pieces of her former life. Trying to navigate through the grief she’s faced with, and struggling to let go of her pain, she meets a stranger who helps her see you can learn to love someone while still loving another from your past.Will Sarah grow from her pain and search for happiness, or will she succumb to the darkness she’s afraid to crawl out of?
A Moving Read.
“Grief: I have found myself hunting for its very meaning for the better part of the last year.” From this intriguing opening, the reader is taken into heartbreak and ultimate betrayal when Sarah loses everything in her life that means anything to her. Right away, I connected with the main character and, a little later, with Sam. The tragedy is raw and real, as is the anger and grieving. The only reason this book doesn’t get five stars from me is because of the abundance of errors, which interrupted the read frequently. The narrative is written in first person, present tense, for the most part, but–unfortunately–keeps switching back and forth between present and past with no warning or apparent reason. Likewise, spelling mistakes abound, as do crutch words and repetition. “I knew” is one culprit that keeps on gatecrashing the party, and in one memorable paragraph made an entrance three consecutive times.
Having said all of this, I admire the skill of expression throughout, and with a thorough clean up, this would be an easy five-star read. Here are some lines I loved …
“Acceptance is never easy when there are things you wish you could change,”
“I saw the beauty in grief. I saw the devotion in love.”
“I was blind when he needed me to see through his lies.”
There are so many hard and heart-warming home-truths in this book, and it resonates so strongly with me. In fact, it is so well portrayed, I could almost believe I was reading a memoir rather than a book of fiction. The author’s work in mental health shines through. Sunshine after the Rain gets a solid 3.5 stars from me, rounded up to 4 for rating purposes.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.
Quick note from me: I won’t be blogging reviews for the next two weeks, as I’m taking some time out to celebrate turning 05 and have a holiday … okay, there MIGHT be a bit of number dyslexia there! lols 😂 … I’ll be back with my usual routine from July 24th onwards. You may see me around the web, but I can’t make any promises! Have a good couple of weeks, everyone! (And I’ll see you again when I’m older and wiser 🤪)
I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂
You can find my review for Forget Me Not on GoodReads HERE.
For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …