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Sunlight and Joy: An eBook Original Short Story

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“Sunlight and Joy” is Barbara Delinsky’s heartwarming story about a couple relearning how to appreciate the simple things. Also included is an exclusive conversation with Barbara about what inspires her writing and an advance peek at her newest novel, Escape. Blessed with three wonderful children and a life full of material comforts, Rick and Ellen have always had a happy, “Sunlight and Joy” is Barbara Delinsky’s heartwarming story about a couple relearning how to appreciate the simple things. Also included is an exclusive conversation with Barbara about what inspires her writing and an advance peek at her newest novel, Escape.   Blessed with three wonderful children and a life full of material comforts, Rick and Ellen have always had a happy, if increasingly busy, marriage. But when Rick announces that he’s been offered a promotion that will make the family pick up and move across country for a fourth time, Ellen is dismayed; she and their children have made a life for themselves in Portsmouth, not to mention that she is about to reach a pivotal point in her own teaching career. Ellen has always supported Rick’s dreams. What will he do when she tells him that she doesn’t want to start all over again for a job that will only make their lives more frantic?


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“Sunlight and Joy” is Barbara Delinsky’s heartwarming story about a couple relearning how to appreciate the simple things. Also included is an exclusive conversation with Barbara about what inspires her writing and an advance peek at her newest novel, Escape. Blessed with three wonderful children and a life full of material comforts, Rick and Ellen have always had a happy, “Sunlight and Joy” is Barbara Delinsky’s heartwarming story about a couple relearning how to appreciate the simple things. Also included is an exclusive conversation with Barbara about what inspires her writing and an advance peek at her newest novel, Escape.   Blessed with three wonderful children and a life full of material comforts, Rick and Ellen have always had a happy, if increasingly busy, marriage. But when Rick announces that he’s been offered a promotion that will make the family pick up and move across country for a fourth time, Ellen is dismayed; she and their children have made a life for themselves in Portsmouth, not to mention that she is about to reach a pivotal point in her own teaching career. Ellen has always supported Rick’s dreams. What will he do when she tells him that she doesn’t want to start all over again for a job that will only make their lives more frantic?

30 review for Sunlight and Joy: An eBook Original Short Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Elvan

    I don't remember reading this tiny novella two years ago but Goodreads says I did. This time I borrowed/downloaded the audiobook thinking it would be a full length palate cleanser. Wrong. Thankfully short, this discussion of who's career path is more important and is the wife willing to uproot her family and job to follow her husband on his 80 hour a week opportunity is predictable. I still like Barbara Delinsky. I will make sure I choose her full length books in the future.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peggy A. Miller

    Listened in commute to and from doctors appointment instead of mindless music. A book from early in Delinsky’s career. A timeless storyline I think....easy to identify with the characters. Told from the wife’s point of view. Sometimes I think we can all identify with her and her concerns....she was feeling lonely and taken for granted in her marriage.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ruby

    Short, sweet and a meaningful story!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Didn’t realize this was a short story! It packed an important message though…

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Barbara Delinsky is one of my favorite go to authors. This was a short story with feel good writing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Claudia (CJ)

    Enjoyed it, ended to soon, Off to find another by this author~

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Downey

    How we all need to take a look at what matters most in our lives and find a way to keep it in front of us doing times when we feel our world is falling apart.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    This was a nice, quick read. Blessed with three wonderful children and a life full of material comforts, Rick and Ellen have always had a happy, if increasingly busy, marriage. But when Rick announces that he’s been offered a promotion that will make the family pick up and move across country for a fourth time, Ellen is dismayed; she and their children have made a life for themselves in Portsmouth, not to mention that she is about to reach a pivotal point in her own teaching career. Ellen has This was a nice, quick read. Blessed with three wonderful children and a life full of material comforts, Rick and Ellen have always had a happy, if increasingly busy, marriage. But when Rick announces that he’s been offered a promotion that will make the family pick up and move across country for a fourth time, Ellen is dismayed; she and their children have made a life for themselves in Portsmouth, not to mention that she is about to reach a pivotal point in her own teaching career. Ellen has always supported Rick’s dreams. What will he do when she tells him that she doesn’t want to start all over again for a job that will only make their lives more frantic?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marnie

    A short novel for a Barbara Delinsky book. But still a good read overall. This book covers a decision a couple has to make that will determine if this already struggling marriage will either stay together or separate. I found this book to be very realistic with some couples' battles out there today. Good job Barbara!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    This very short story was interesting as it began, I could relate to the conflict the couple felt, but then it turned very sugar sweet and too predictable. I also read a sample of Delinsky's new book, ESCAPE, which releases July 5. I think it will be interesting.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura Mooneyhan

    This is a nice short story that makes you think about what couples have to decide and go through all the time. It makes you think about if all the decisions you are making are for the good of yourself or your family.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pam Vichengrad

    Too short. Don't recommend.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    nook

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    I think I get the meaning behind the title of the book....dish soap?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    cute. it was all of thirty pages

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Moreno

    Interesting storyline - but much too short!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    It was very short!!! A nice story but way to short. She is really introducing her next book with this one.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    It was way too short!! Read it on my Nook. Would make a great 300 page book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I enjoyed this short story - it was a bit light but I expect that from this author........

  20. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

    Short and sweet.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Angela Johnson

    It was a cute short story; it covered the fears I have about a relationship and assured me that you can trust the ones you love.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jane Baldwin

    I enjoy anything by Barbara Delinsky!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    A nice short story. Reflections on what is really important.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Ahronian

    Nice. Short and predictable, but nice.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Wilson

    Very short, 19 pages, but will he move to Houston without her or stay with her and the 3 kids, money, or love and time.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debra Oliva

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pam Walker

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jacki

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maaryloo

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nichele

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