Book Review: The Sweet Life by Sharon Struth 8

 The Sweet Life

by Sharon Struth


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  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (September 19, 2017)

In Italy, the best attractions are always off the beaten path . . .
Mamie Weber doesn’t know why she survived that terrible car accident five years ago. Physically, she has only a slight reminder—but emotionally, the pain is still fresh. Deep down she knows her husband would have wanted her to embrace life again. Now she has an opportunity to do just that, spending two weeks in Tuscany reviewing a tour company for her employer’s popular travel guide series. The warmth of the sun, the centuries-old art, a villa on the Umbrian border—it could be just the adventure she needs.

But with adventure comes the unexpected . . . like discovering that her entire tour group is made up of aging ex-hippies reminiscing about their Woodstock days. Or finding herself drawn to the guide, Julian, who is secretly haunted by a tragedy of his own, and seems to disapprove any time she tries something remotely risky—like an impromptu scooter ride with a local man.

As they explore the hilltop towns of Tuscany, Mamie knows that when this blissful excursion is over, she’ll have to return to reality. But when you let yourself wander, life can take some interesting detours . . .

“Struth has a gift for layering stories within stories while keeping them all connected.”—Library Journal

“The plot is refreshing and will definitely keep the reader turning page after page.”—Fresh Fiction, SHARE THE MOON

“Sharon Struth writes a good story about love and loss. She knows her characters and has a path she wants them to take.”—Eye on Romance


My Rating:


Favorite Quotes:


My cab ride from the airport was like the chase scene in The French Connection.


“Jeesh, Prince Charming, is that a sword in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?” … “I don’t remember Cinderella being this sarcastic.”


You’ve shown me the most extraordinary pleasures from the most ordinary days. Now let’s try the unexpected together.”


My Review:


The Sweet Life had a unique and interesting premise as it chronicled a Woodstock survivors group – who called themselves The Wanderers – traveling through Tuscany on a tour. In addition to an entertaining story, I was treated to a well-detailed travel log with a taunting accounting of their mouthwatering menus and delectable treats. I had several urges to renew my passport while reading – just to see David again might be worth the horrific flight. The characters were a quirky grouping of senior travelers, a middle-aged woman named Mamie who popped up unexpectedly as a substitute passenger. Mamie had a secret about her substitution, one she was legally prohibited from disclosing, which caused her discomfort. The primary and secondary characters were likable and colorfully detailed. Ms. Struth’s storyline was mild enough for my elderly mother’s book club, easy to follow, and alternated from angsty to sweet with occasional hits of humor.


About Sharon Struth

Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. The Hourglass, her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers’ Choice Awards for Best first Book, and her Blue Moon Lake Novels include the bestseller, Share the Moon.

When she’s not working, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail, travel the world, and enjoy spending time with their precious pets and two grown daughters. She writes from the friendliest place she’s ever lived, Bethel, Connecticut. For more information, including where to find her published essays, please visit or visit her blog, Musings from the Middle Ages & More.


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8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Sweet Life by Sharon Struth

  1. Reply Sharon Struth Sep 19,2017 4:57 am

    Thanks for hosting me and sharing about THE SWEET LIFE today!

  2. Reply alexcanread Sep 19,2017 6:59 am

    Sounds like a cute read for a vacation!

  3. Reply Zoe Sep 19,2017 7:02 am

    I love the quotes you picked out for this review! The book sounds awesome

  4. Reply J. Hooligan @Platypire Reviews Sep 19,2017 7:30 am

    Just reading your review is making me want a passport

  5. Reply Katie @Just Another Girl and Her Books Sep 19,2017 11:56 am

    Ah man…I have a love/hate relationship with books that make me hungry for the food described in them…although I at least live nearish to Tuscany and have a valid passport…so there’s that. Great review.

  6. Reply theabominablebookgirl Sep 19,2017 1:38 pm

    This book sounds really good, but it sounds too sweet for my liking…it would have to be a summer read for me. Don’t ask me why I like extravagance with my romances…

  7. Reply Whispering Stories Sep 19,2017 10:08 pm

    Sounds like a really interesting read, and the cover looks great too. Love your review. X

  8. Reply Heather J. @ TLC Sep 22,2017 3:44 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one! Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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