October 14, 2013 | by Three Girls And A Book Obsession |
“Can forgiveness survive lies and unspoken truths?”
Until Brenda McAllister’s husband committed suicide, she appeared to have the ideal life: a thriving psychology practice, success as a self-help author, and a model family. But her guilt over her affair with Jack’s best friend prevents her from moving on. Did Jack learn of her infidelity? Was she the cause of his death?
The release of Brenda’s second book forces her into an unexpected assignment with arrogant celebrity author CJ Morrison, whose irritating and edgy exterior hides the torment of his own mistakes. But as she grows closer to CJ, Brenda learns she wasn’t the only one with secrets–Jack had secrets of his own, unsavory ones that may have led to his death. While CJ helps Brenda uncover the truth about her husband, she finds the path to forgiveness isn’t always on the map.
In Sharon Sturth’s debut novel, we first meet Brenda McAllister, smart and sexy psychologist turned award winning novelist. Brenda is still trying to come to grips with her husband’s suicide over a year ago. Being a psychiatrist she can’t help but feel guilty that she was not able to help him with the demons that he was facing. Then she literally bumps into and spills her coffee all over sexy novelist, CJ Morrison. CJ is also trying to move forward with his life, having lost his wife 10 years ago. As a way of not facing the harsh reality of her death, CJ chooses to date only women that are polar opposites of his wife. CJ enlists the help of Brenda for his next novel in hopes that she can psychologically analyze his character, who just so happens to be the spitting image of himself. You would think these two would be a match made in heaven, but there is a lot of baggage that they both bring to the table. Can Brenda get to the bottom of her husband’s suicide and try to help CJ heal from his wife’s passing?
To be honest, the Hourglass is not the type of book that I would normally be drawn into reading. This book definitely contains a more mature story-line than what I typically read, but I must say that it was a nice change of pace as opposed to always reading about girls losing their virginity! This book is very sweet at times and totally romantic. Sharon has a very smart and professional writing style that I found refreshing; with interesting plot twists added in. To some, this book might not have enough drama, sexiness or bad-boy rockers, but it is worth the read, so please give it a try.
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About the Author:
Sharon Struth writes from her home in Bethel, Connecticut where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She’s a graduate of Marist College.
Her writing credits include her debut novel, The HourGlass (Etopia Press), award winning romantic women’s fiction. She also has essays in several Chicken Soup fro the Soul Books, the anthology A Cup Of Comfort for New Mothers, Sasee Magazine, and WritersWeekly.com.
Prior to writing full-time, Sharon worked at the headquarters of Waldenbooks/Borders Books. She’s a member of the Romance Writer’s of American and Treasurer of The Romance Writer’s of Southern Connecticut and Lower New York (CoLoNY).
Sharon takes a look at the phlights of being middle-aged in her blog, “Life in the Middle Ages”.
She is represented by Blue Ridge Literary Agency.