Hello, Sunshine: A Novel
by Laura Dave
Hardcover- $13.75

“A clever beach bag must-have” (People) from Laura Dave—the author of the “addictive” (Us Weekly) and critically acclaimed ...

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  "Hello Sunshine" by Silversolara (see profile) 07/12/17


"Hello Sunshine” normally meant someone was leaving a compliment on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

The day of Sunshine Stephens’ 35th birthday didn't bode well for the “hello sunshine” greeting.

Everything she had made up about herself was being made public by a hacker, and no one knew who the hacker was.

Sunshine's life was turned upside down personally and professionally. Not telling the truth from the start backfired on her.

When Sunshine started her career as a TV chef, she should have been truthful and said she was from the Hamptons and not from a Georgia farm town.

Telling the truth was something she hadn't done for years, and telling the truth now had no credence. No one believed anything she said.

Where could the real Sunny Stephens go except back home? When she got home she had a big surprise too.

The characters in HELLO SUNSHINE were for the most part likable, but they also were on the side of deceitful.

HELLO SUNSHINE was an easy, breezy read for me. I loved the cooking theme, and I loved the glimpse into the life in the Hamptons even though it was on the wrong side of town.

If you enjoy people watching, family situations, and food, HELLO SUNSHINE fits the bill.

I enjoyed HELLO SUNSHINE and the wisdom of life decisions which was a major theme. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

 
  "Hello Sunshine" by bkmnmpl (see profile) 04/16/18

While I enjoyed the read, I enjoyed the characters and plot development more in her previous novel Eight Hundred Grapes. There were several points in this novel where I stopped reading and thought, "How did we get here?"

 
  "Goodbye, Sunshine!" by [email protected] (see profile) 07/31/18

I guess it was an interesting read, but a bit far-fetched for me. Maybe because the "big city" and Hamptons life style is so foreign to me, I just couldn't quite buy-in to the authenticity of the story. That a husband could be so cruel to his own wife, that he claimed to love; that a community of people could so quickly turn their collective back on a member; and that a family could be so resentful for so long..... these parts were just beyond my ability to accept the story for what it was. What I like about this book: it reminded me that it's easy for anyone to get wrapped up in the material world, to lose sight of what's important, and that in the end, it's so much more valuable to speak your truth and live by your truth. Deception will always come back to bite you, so why bother? Other than reinforcing the goals and boundaries I've set for my life, this book wasn't life changing or very enlightening for me. I'd recommend it to the younger generation(s), specifically for the young women that have seemed to been swept up in the false glory of "having": having fake things, having expensive things, having things they think they need to have because someone on TV says they should look, act, or have a certain thing.

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