Friday, August 7, 2015

Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker

Summary from Goodreads

Shannon Malone thought she’d found her happy ending when she married Edmund Ridgeway, but a diving accident on their honeymoon left her in a coma. Waking up to the news that she’s thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that Edmund has lost his interim battle with cancer and the world has marched on without her. Her gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, seems to know everything about her and becomes Shannon’s tour guide into a whole new world of madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone’s life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cell phones!

As Shannon struggles to navigate through the changes—both in the world and in her—she also must discern real memories from imagined ones. Did she really ever wear capris pants and entertain in her living room, or was that Laura Petrie from her favorite classic TV show' And where is her beloved dog, Freeway' Oh, wait! That was Jonathan and Jennifer Hart’s dog, not hers.

Shannon’s three elderly aunts flit through her life in true Sleeping Beauty style with her well-being always a priority. And Edmund’s sister Millicent descends like the Evil Queen she is, trying to extract Shannon from any claim on the Ridgeway family fortune. When a tornado moves through town and Shannon is knocked unconscious, will Daniel’s kiss awaken her once and for all’

My Thoughts on the Book

This is the second book that I have read by Sandra D. Bricker and I’m guessing that it will not be my last!  I think I liked this one even better than the last one I read!  Rise and Shine is such a delightful read!

The characters in this book are wonderfully developed and lovable.  They all seem so real and I found myself (once again) wanting to actually know them.  This, to me, is a sign of a good, well-written book!

Edmund was such a great character and it is heartbreaking when Shannon finds out about his death.  I can’t imagine waking up and, along with all of the other MANY changes in the world, the love of my life is no longer alive!  But it was honestly very well written.  Then Daniel comes into the picture and the storyline becomes even more beautiful.

This book is so enjoyable, funny, smart, and it really touches your heart.  The little bits and pieces of fairytales are perfect and the christian/faith touches are truly wonderful.  This book is certainly in my list of recommendations!

*Note: I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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