****4.5 ‘The Sun Will Rise’ STARS****
PLEASE NOTE: there are two significant plot twists in this story and as such my review may be purposefully evasive to preserve the integrity of the ‘surprises’ in this story for maximum reader enjoyment.
“No one is ever old enough to know certain truths.”
The first page of this beautifully tragic tale sets the scene for a roller coaster ride of emotion that grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go. A boy forced to accept harsh truths and life’s unfair judgements and a girl so wrapped up in her own painful loneliness she’d lie to get what she needs without considering the cost. Shari J. Ryan crafted a powerful journey of longing, anger, guilt and remorse; I don’t think I’ve ached for a couple’s redemption quite this hard in a long time.