Monday, October 21, 2013

The Hourglass by Sharon Struth (4.5 stars)

About The Hourglass

Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Etopia Press (July 19, 2013)

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.

For an excerpt, trailer or book group questions for The Hourglass, visit the book’s website,

“If you’re looking for a book that will keep you intrigued, then I recommend The Hourglass. It’s a book you will read cover to cover and then think about after you’re done.”
……4-STARS ~ Long and Short Reviews – July 2013

“This writer is exceptional, and the way you get to know all her characters so completely is outstanding. She showed how people can overcome life’s obstacles and begin to live again. I really enjoyed this story.”
…..41/2 STARS ~ It’s Raining Books – July 2013


Brenda and CJ meet under stressful circumstances, but their encounter leaves them both with lingering feelings. Then a business proposal brings them back together. CJ is looking for some help with figuring out some character issues in his next book, and Brenda is a noted psychologist. But they both have secrets and are struggling with overwhelming loss.

As they work together, Brenda and CJ draw closer. Unfortunately, there's a lot between them with guilt and secrets only scratching the surface. Before they can be honest with each other about their past, they have to be honest with themselves. Can they find their way to each other?

One of my top criteria for a good read is memorable characters that are relatable. Both CJ and Brenda fit the bill, as do the cast of supporting characters. I especially loved that both CJ and Brenda had longtime friends who supported them even through the darkest times. CJ and Brenda are both flawed, but they are also fighting to come out on the other side of loss and fear. Plus, I really connected with the idea of an author reaching out to a psychologist to figure out character issues.

While I found the romance endearing, I was hooked by what happened to these characters. Kudos to the author for doing such a wonderful job weaving past and present. Instead of one large flashback, the author teased with just the right amount of revelations throughout the story.

I highly recommend The Hourglass to readers who are intrigued by mature romance, not some giggly will-they-or-won't-they light read, mixed with captivating story.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Book Trailer

About the Author

Novelist Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, received first place in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest and second place in the Golden Heart. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut, along with her husband, two daughters and canine companions.

Connect with Sharon at her website,, or on her Facebook Author page.  She also blogs at Life in the Middle Ages and Tempting Romance.

Thanks to TLC Book Tours for my review copy.

Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

Please visit other stops on The Hourglass blog tour page.


Anonymous said...

Lovely review of a great book!

Tia Bach said...

Thanks, Mary Beth, I really enjoyed it. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Mature romance is a favorite of mine so I'll definitely check this one out!

Thanks for being on the tour. I'm featuring your review on TLC's Facebook page today.

Anonymous said...

Lovely review of what sounds like a fantastic book. Going on my TBR list! Thanks.

Tia Bach said...

Thanks! It really was a great read.