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Sunshine and Tears by Ruth O'Neill

Source: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Fiction, Family and Relationships
Format: eBook, Print
Number of Pages: 254
Publication Date: October 26, 2015


Could you fight the demons that lie within? Sunshine & Tears is based on a true story. After Rosie is stood up by 'Jack the lad' Jay, she agrees to go on a shopping trip with her sister Jackie. Rosie unexpectedly meets the man of her dreams, Garry. This starts a sequence of events that will change her life forever.

The young couple begin a fairy-tale romance, both looking forward to building an idyllic future together. But when financial and emotional difficulties threaten to tear them apart, shy naive Rosie suddenly has to find the strength to keep everything together. Fuelled by alcohol, Garry turns into someone Rosie doesn't recognise anymore.

Can Rosie help Garry and bring him back from the depths of despair and self-destruction? Their love had been deep and unconditional but will love alone be enough to give Garry and Rosie the future they had always longed for?

Romantic and heart breaking - Sunshine & Tears chronicles the destructive power that alcohol can have on people's lives. ~ Summary from Goodreads ~


Based on a true story, Sunshine and Tears is an open, honest, and believable glimpse of how alcoholism affects the lives of alcoholics and the people around them.

O'Neill does an excellent job of portraying the characters realistically to demonstrate how alcoholism escalates over time. Rosie initially dismisses her concerns over Garry's drinking, but then discovers how much he is drinking when she is not around.

I like that O'Neill did not portray Rosie as weak or silly. Rosie is your average bright gal who just happens to find herself in a bad situation. She learns more about alcoholism, and really tries to find ways to support Garry as he battles the addiction; however, she eventually realizes that nothing she does will make Garry give up alcohol.

Keeping true to the story's realism, O'Neill does not write in a happy ending for the couple. I do not want to completely spoil the ending, but I was impressed that she did not shy away from writing an ending that really demonstrates the long-term effects of alcoholism.

How did I feel about this book? That is a bit tough to answer. I really liked Rosie and the fact that the book is realistic. I think O'Neill did a good job of presenting the situation, the setting, and conveying the emotions in the story. I had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to see how Rosie handled the situation.

Is this a book that I would have read without being asked to review it? Probably not, because the subject matter hit close to home. The book did not have any really graphic descriptions in it, but I vacillated between empathizing with Rosie and feeling frustrated with some of her attempts to remedy the situation; I guess it is because I knew that those attempts would ultimately end badly for her.

Sunshine and Tears is a compelling story that will inspire other women who, like Rosie, are coming to terms with their spouses' addictions. If you know someone who lives with a loved one who has an addiction, I recommend that you read this to gain an understanding of how the addiction affects the addict's friends and family.

About Ruth O'Neill

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