Blog Tour: Review & Guest Post - Sunshine on a Rainy Day by Bryony Fraser

Today on Becca's Books, I'm thrilled to be sharing my review of Bryony Fraser's Sunshine on a Rainy Day plus a fabulously foodie guest post from the author Bryony Fraser, as part of the blog tour organised by Avon. I'm delighted to be on board and hope you enjoy reading!

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Title - Sunshine on a Rainy Day
Author - Bryony Fraser
Publication Date - September 8th 2016
Publisher - Avon
Format - Paperback (Provided by publisher)
Pages - 400

Blurb
It's Zoe and Jack's first wedding anniversary party. They've got an announcement! They're getting divorced.

Marriage isn't for everyone - something that Zoe and Jack discovered only after they'd walked down the aisle. Bad timing, huh?

So now they're stuck together in their once harmonious marital home, neither one of them willing to move out of their lovely house.

With Zoe's three sisters always wanting a say, and Jack's best friend trying his best to fix things between them, misunderstandings arise. Tempers flare. 'Accidents' happen...

Zoe and Jack are going to be lucky if they're still alive when the twelve months are up. But maybe things aren't quite as final as they seem?

A hilarious read, which reminds us that life doesn't always go to plan...

FEED YOUR MIND - A Writer's Day of Meals
By Bryony Fraser
Not all of us need to write, but we all need to eat. And as I tell my kids when I've served them up a mouthwatering quinoa, kale and spelt flakes feast, 'goddamit, get some fuel inside you or your brain is just going to tumble straight out of your head'. (NB: when you're writing, your brain is super important. And what feeds your brain? Your stomach. So maybe your stomach is the most important. And your hands - both to type, and to prepare the food to fill your stomach. So: brain, stomach, hands. And bed/comfy sofa. You need your rest, after all.)

Breakfast: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Celebrate this fact by missing it entirely, promising yourself you can have breakfast once you've written the precise number of words it will take until lunchtime to produce. Well done. You've saved yourself a job and hit your first target of the day! You're also weak and dizzy with hunger. Lose 10 points.

Lunch: You've reached your breakfast-time word count. Reward yourself with a massive cup of coffee that will fire you directly from 'hungry and tired' straight into 'apocalyptic panic'. Try to mop up the caffeine-induced terror with whatever edible products are lying around: a mystifying single clingfilm-wrapped cooked sausage from the weekend, seven slices of toast, your children's hidden Easter Egg, a tin covered in fudgy dust of something microwaveable. Congratulations! You have successfully refuelled. Unfortunately, the combined caffeine and sugar means you're only good for Twitter for the next three hours. Have a stern word with yourself.

Tea: Or dinner, or supper, or your evening meal. You don't need the kind of stress that comes with using the correct term here; you've already spent the last two hours trying to decide whether your heroine should wear the MAC Ruby Woo lipstick you live for, or whether that's simply reducing the well-rounded character you've been striving for to a make-up mannequin. You feel the weight of centuries of women's battles for equality and freedoms weighing on your shoulders. But enough of that debate! Now is the exact moment to put down your writing and decide what you'll prepare to feed your loved ones! Your body craves vegetables and unami flavours: take some time to nip to the supermarket to get the ingredients you'll need for the feast you deserve after today's work. Take three hours to make a beautiful spread of noodles, baked veg, poached fish and a simple green salad. Well done! It is now 11pm and you are too full to write any more tonight. Don't worry - you can simply motivate yourself tomorrow morning by setting yourself a word count to hit before you sit down to breakfast. Good luck!

Review
Sunshine on a Rainy Day by Bryony Fraser was a novel with a refreshing difference that took me rather by surprise. Funny, warm and wonderfully witty, I found it to be an uplifting and superbly cheerful read that boosted my mood each time I opened it up, ready to carry on. Having said that, it's probably impossible not to feel cheered anyway, after seeing the glorious cover of this book. I don't know about you, but simply having this cover on your bookshelf is sunshine on a rainy day itself. I absolutely love it and think it captures perfectly what this gorgeous novel is all about.

In Sunshine on a Rainy Day by Bryony Fraser, we're introduced to Zoe and Jack. Newly-married, but unfortunately, not happily so. Something's wrong. Things aren't how they used to be. And Zoe hates that they've got to this point so soon after tying the knot. Surely they're supposed to be happy? Joyous, perhaps? Even surrounded by copious sparkly wedding gifts and raucous cheers from family and friends, Zoe just isn't convinced. And so, the choice that needs to be made becomes clear. Will they stay together and try to work through this, or not?
 Is divorce even an option so early on?

One thing I adored about Bryony Fraser's Sunshine on a Rainy Day was how refreshingly different it was to the usual books I pick up within this genre. It was a fabulously real and honest account of how sometimes, marriage isn't the perfect be-all and end-all it can sometimes be expected to be, and I loved that. It wasn't all rainbows and sunshine and yet, somehow, I still managed to feel bizarrely uplifting while reading. Perhaps that was down to Fraser's style. Carefree and so enjoyable to read and lose oneself in, I slipped in and out of this book like I would a pair of my favourite, comfiest pyjamas. There was nothing hurried about the storytelling, yet I still felt compelled to read on and keep up with Zoe and Jack's lives. They were interesting, and after the fall-out of their short marriage, they became even more so. I was desperate to know what it was that had shaped Zoe's mind and opinions, because clearly something had. And Jack was a puzzle too. Both characters together were charming and it really didn't take long for me at all to warm to them completely and hope against hope that, whether together or apart, they'd both get through the war zone of their lives unscarred and both ready for another chance at happiness.

  Bryony Fraser had me giggling and grinning with Sunshine on a Rainy Day. I was hopelessly addicted to the ups and downs of their rocky relationship, and found myself thinking about the couple even when not lost in their story. They were gloriously crafted characters, each with their on goings-on within the novel, whether that be with family or friends, and I adored it when Fraser took me back in time, to the early beginnings of Zoe and Jack's relationship, before marriage was even a seedling of an idea. I felt like I knew these characters inside out, and Byrony Fraser achieved such a fantastic job of bringing them to life on the page. They were so real and vivid in my mind, and their story warmed my heart completely.

All in all, Sunshine on a Rainy Day by Bryony Fraser was a fabulously fun-filled novel full of warmth and wit and surprises. I can't wait to read more from Bryony Fraser already and I hope it's not too long before we hear news of another novel from this wonderfully talented author who writes about relationships in such a way that has you charmed completely. Becca's Books is awarding Sunshine on a Rainy Day by Bryony Fraser with four of my bookish cupcakes. Special thanks to Avon for providing me with a review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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