The Sunshine Time by Sonal Panse

**This does NOT standalone and is a serial novel**

Summary

The times are turbulent, and so are the romantic tangles.

18 year old Lea Chantry moves to Alsalem with her family and begins her first year as a Fine Art Student at the Eirwen Art College at the Alsalem State University. Irreverent, imaginative, and talented, she struggles to fit into the university social scene while remaining true to herself. Being officially an adult, she discovers, is not the complete breeze she had thought it would be.

Meeting the charismatic music student, Guy Caraindon, creates a seismic upheaval in her life that is as unexpected as it is bewildering. Is this renowned crackpot really the one true love that her favorite romance authors said everyone finds once in one lifetime? Or is Mr. Right just a trope best avoided by sensible people?

A coming of age tale recounted with humor and sensitivity, The Sunshine Time by writer and illustrator Sonal Panse is a YA romance that will remind you of the time when the world seemed to have happy surprises every day and there were wonderful adventures to be had just around the corner.

Episode 1 – On the long train journey from Samanbar to her new home in Alsalem, Lea Chantry is intrigued by a handsome and taciturn Mitrione officer, quite enough to disregard the deep-rooted familial hatred of the dreaded paramilitary force and make a nuisance of herself.

‘The Sunshine Time’ is a serial novel; that is, it is a continuing story with related episodes. The episodes need to be read in sequence. This is not a standalone novel. Please be aware of this.

Warning Note

Normally I would have broken this down by plot and characters but I didn’t feel like I could give this justice since it is just a snapshot of the novel. The opening curtain to a serial novel. I haven’t read a serial novel before and quite honestly I don’t think I ever will again – they are like watching an incomplete episodes of a TV show. It took me about 30 minutes or so to read it, but I didn’t feel like I really got anything out of it. It was like a snapshot of a bigger book and felt disappointingly short. It is one thing to read an entire novel and have it be left off for a series, it is another to read for 30-45 minutes and have to ‘pay to read more.’ There wasn’t enough substance to really delve in deep for a review but here I go.

Overall

Lea is interesting. I’m not quite sure I liked her but I’m not quite sure I didn’t either. Since this was just the open episode it was difficult to decide one way or another. Her insistent blathering was both endearing and annoying. The other characters were well done and vividly described. I enjoyed the differences the author created for each character. This is a YA and I expected a YA sort of feel. You get that here. The romance is very teenager and felt exactly how it should – immature and over the top. I actually chuckled at how silly she was. Between her and the dog things are a little corny but entertaining. That being said her ‘flip flopping’ between her boyfriend and this soldier fella is what really tipped me over. I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES and this pushed my buttons.

The writing wasn’t bad. It was easy to follow along with but the writing like the character had a tenancy to go overboard with a details. It was a bit of an overload at times and that is why I took a break about halfway through. As this is an ‘episode’ there was no real break. That was a little difficult for me since I always like to walk away and come back from most books.

The plot itself has potential. There were some things explained too much and some things not explained at all when they should have been. The story itself was quaint and hinted at a longer, more interesting story.

Rating

3 stars

I thought it was okay. It is a cute and sweet, it has a semi-starter plot but as it only read one episode I just sort of thought by itself ‘that was okay.’ Sorry to say the really stickler for me was the main character already having a boyfriend when she swoons over the guy on the train. If nothing comes of it I’d feel better about the whole thing, but as I never get to read that I have to go with what was there.

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review.

 

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