Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave
Expected Publication: July 11, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: via publisher
Sunshine Mackenzie has it all…until her secrets come to light.
Sunshine Mackenzie is living the dream—she’s a culinary star with millions of fans, a line of #1 bestselling cookbooks, and a devoted husband happy to support her every endeavor.
And then she gets hacked.
When Sunshine’s secrets are revealed, her fall from grace is catastrophic. She loses the husband, her show, the fans, and her apartment. She’s forced to return to the childhood home—and the estranged sister—she’s tried hard to forget. But what Sunshine does amid the ashes of her own destruction may well save her life.
In a world where celebrity is a careful construct, Hello, Sunshine is a compelling, funny, and evocative novel about what it means to live an authentic life in an inauthentic age.
I love the whole idea of having it all, only to be taken away to truly realize what is important in life. This is what happens to Sunshine Mackenzie who was plucked out of a bar and became the newest face of food tv. She became a food television star but ironically she can't cook to save her life. She is living the life until one day she is hacked and her whole world falls apart. After her career has fallen apart and her marriage quickly follows the same path she decides to go back home to her sister and niece to sort things out. Once there she tries to have a relationship with them both but it's hard when she hasn't been around in years. Sunshine is determined to pick herself back up but she also wants to know who was malice enough to rock her world and when she finally discovers who did it she can't believe it and neither could I!
In Hello Sunshine, Laura Dave gives us an easy breezy read that is perfect for the time and world we are living in. We live in a world where everyday people can become internet stars at the drop of a hat but can also be taken down just as quickly. This online world can be a wonderful and amazing thing but it also has its evil side that can make it easy for anyone to destroy the next person. However what I also loved was the storyline with her sister and niece. We see the one side of Sunshine that we know is real. We see her caring and wanting that relationship with them that she knows is more important than any money can buy. This is the quintessial beach read. It is engaging, funny and has heart. We see the journey of a person who got lucky in life but when it was taken away wanted to do things the right way. We see things come full circle and while it was a diffcuilt road it was one worth taking.