Breaker and the Sun

Times means nothing; it's just the sun and moon changing places.

Breaker is a recently returned Vietnam vet. Sunny is a Chinese-French immigrant who fled during the war. When Breaker stumbles upon Sunny at the Ugly Tree, they are instantly drawn to each other. But they are also called to the tree. Is it fate that brought them together, or something more?

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About the Book

New from Lauren Nicolle Taylor, the best-selling author of Nora and Kettle, comes a fresh take on a classic tale.

Breaker Van Winkle is a recently returned Vietnam vet, struggling with PTSD and the difficulties of readjusting to civilian life with his mother. Eighteen-year-old Sunny is a high-achieving Chinese-French immigrant who fled Vietnam during the war. Sunny is usually as cheerful as her name implies, but she has her struggles too. Haunted by violent memories of the bombing that killed her parents, and chafing under the rule of her eccentric grandmother, she finds solace deep in the Catskills, at a place she calls the Ugly Tree.

When Breaker stumbles upon Sunny and the Ugly Tree, things start to change. They are drawn to each other, and feel called to the tree. As they spend more time together and their relationship deepens, they notice that their time at the tree is becoming twisted somehow. Sunny’s mind yawns and her ambitions begin to slip away. Breaker feels safe and carefree, his memories finally burying themselves in the distant past. They are being lulled toward a tempting, peaceful sleep—but there is a cost to this magical serenity, and it may be more than either of them can bear…

Reviewed by Melanie Newton
Although there is not a lot of actual violence in this book there are flashback descriptions from war and some situations that deal with racism and PTSD.
Uses of the F word, Bitch - used in a derogatory fashion, Shit, Pissed - as in angry, Hell as in what the Hell
There is sex (closed door) in a flashback in a brothel.
One of the main characters smokes and there are lots of references and descriptions surrounding this. There is an instance of underage drinking described in a war flash back, and then the same people drinking at a meeting later (The character no longer being under age at this point).
Supernatural Characters:There are no supernatural characters in the book, however, there is something supernatural that happens regarding time changes when they are near a certain tree.
Other: This is a variation on the story of Rip Van Winkle and although most of the story does not focus on this, there is a supernatural element to it. There are also references to 2 very different events which could be trigger issues. One is PTSD symptoms from war and the other is the result of being trapped under rubble for 3 days following a bomb blast.

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About the Author
Lauren Nicolle Taylor

Lauren Nicolle Taylor lives in the lush Adelaide Hills. The daughter of a Malaysian nuclear physicist and an Australian scientist, she was expected to follow a science career path, attending Adelaide University and completing a Health Science degree with Honours in obstetrics and gynaecology.

She then worked in health research for a short time before having her first child. Due to their extensive health issues, Lauren spent her twenties as a full-time mother/carer to her three children. When her family life settled down, she turned to writing.

She is a 2014 Kindle Book Awards Semi-finalist and a USA Best Book Awards Finalist.

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