Sunshine & Tears by Ruth O'Neill

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 naïve 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.

Genre: Literature & Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

Top Customer Reviews:

5.0 out of 5 stars

A Clear-Eyed Look at Love, Marriage and Alcoholism

By Malcolm Torres on May 16, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

I finished reading this book over a week ago and I have been thinking about it quite a bit. It's a heart-wrenching novel about a long term relationship that goes through some extremely challenging up and downs. It reads like an autobiography. If you've had a loved one who struggled with alcoholism or substance abuse you know how intense and on-going the battles can be. This story may hit very close to home. If you have not had a loved one who struggles with addiction, this story will open your eyes to the depths to which people and their relationships can sink. The author does not hold back. The story is extremely realistic in the portrayal of some some very difficult real-life situations. The range of emotional experiences makes this a complete novel. The characters are all well rounded and live through an extreme range of good times and bad. As the story goes on, the drama and action pick up and your connection to the characters deepens.

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4.0 out of 5 stars

A compelling story!

By Charity Rowell on April 25, 2016

Format: Paperback

I received a free e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

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.

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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars

Alcoholism - a deadly disease

By Richard and Liz TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 12, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Rosie (18) and Jackie (17) are sisters living in Bath, England. Having just been stood up by the guy in her (Rosie's) life, the siblings decide to take the train to Bristol, a big adventure for them. Entering a dingy pub for lunch, the girls see two men playing darts - Garry and Fred. Garry, 25, takes a liking to Rosie and the feeling is mutual. After a couple of months of seeing each other the obvious happens. After giving herself fully to him, Garry turns up unexpectedly (remember she lived in Bath and he lived in Bristol - approximately 30 miles) asking to borrow 200 pounds, a lot of money back in the early 80's. The warning signs were there but Rosie was so in love she ignored/pushed them away. They married on July 2nd, 1983. Garry had started drinking more heavily before the wedding but Rosie thought it was wedding jitters and that he would stop after the big day.

Several stresses - infertility, financial etc. impact their young married lives but it is not until quite a long time into their marriage that Rosie suddenly realizes that Garry has a serious problem. In many ways their marriage is a good one and their love is strong but that slow (yes it wasn't immediate) slip down the road to alcoholism really put a strain on Rosie and their relationship.

How do things progress? How does Rosie handle having an alcoholic husband? This author's story written in the first person is mostly well-written i.e. not that many editing errors. Although a little long winded at times it is never enough to turn you off the book. There is the odd swear word but not enough to be distracting. Yes, there are bedroom/love scenes but no real detail leaving that to the imagination of the reader. For those readers who have been in Rosie's shoes, you will understand exactly why she did what she did. This book may even help those who maybe are at the beginning of this slope to see how a loving husband (or wife for that matter) can totally change when alcohol takes over. Maybe it will help you do things differently before endangering yourself. For those of us who have never had to experience that, it is an eye opener to the why's and wherefore's. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I want to thank the author for being so open and honest in sharing her story. I would recommend this to others. Thanks, Liz

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4.0 out of 5 stars

Sunshine and Tears

By ALY on January 6, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

This book was a love story and a sad story all in one for me. Though I know you can't have everything in love and life perfect so you knew there would be some bad times coming for Rosie and Garry. All in all, I think the book was a good read and a believable story. I know it says it is based on a true story in the description but I try to make my own judgments on these things too. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

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5.0 out of 5 starsI

Found the romance of the story to be excellent and the struggle to be real and very engaging

By mediamst on October 29, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

What kept coming back to me while reading this is how so many people are in this situation but it begins to happen slowly and you don't realize what has happened until its too late. I Found the romance of the story to be excellent and the struggle to be real and very engaging. Being from America I really enjoyed detour to the places across the ocean from me. Great read.

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