Praise for THE ROMANCE READER'S GUIDE TO LIFE
 

“...The Romance Reader's Guide to Life has a World War II pinup girl's brash appeal...it prompts questions about how intensely ambition affects romance. A reader who, following the genre's conventions, can turn her eyes when necessary from something unseemly, should enjoy the way her heart throbs during this fast-moving yarn.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A genre bender told from the alternating perspectives of twins—one living, one dead—who recount their obsessions with sexy fictional pirates and real-life abusive men, and their bid to build a cosmetics empire.” —O, The Oprah Magazine (10 Titles to Pick Up Now)

“Pywell’s smart, unexpectedly funny tale of two plucky sisters and their cosmetics business has a little of everything: romance, suspense, even magical realism.” —Entertainment Weekly (Grade: B+)

The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life is a fascinating blend of genres that flows together seamlessly, creating the most original story I’ve read in a long time. Partly narrated from the afterlife, this riveting suspense story manages to be darkly comic at times (Mr. Boppit had me laughing out loud), while dealing with complex family dynamics that can fester for years. The second narrative, an intriguing pirate romance, is deliciously entertaining, but the real love story in this book, is the one between these sisters, and their bond that can’t be broken in any life.” ―Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Never Let You Go

“Smart, funny, and compulsively readable: this one may finally win the underrecognized author the wider audience her talent deserves.” ―Kirkus (starred review)

“The pleasures and powers of genre fiction form part of the impetuousness...a compelling mix of mystery, love, family dynamics, and growing up. Smart and smartly told, it recounts the story of sisters Neave and Lilly. Lilly is dead and narrates from the afterlife (alongside the beloved family pet, who can talk). Meanwhile, Neave wonders what happened to her sister and is intent on solving her death. A pirate romance novel, as unlikely as that seems, plays an important role, revealing to Neave some of the secrets of life.” ―Library Journal

“Sharon Pywell’s historical fiction novel is actually two books in one. The first tells the story of Neave and Lilly Terhune, sisters who joined the labor force during World War II. When the end of the war results in them losing their jobs to men, neither sister wants to resign herself to marriage alone. Together, they start a makeup company. Things are looking up until Lilly disappears. The book’s second story is The Pirate Lover, a swashbuckling romance novel that Neave adores. Pywell toys with romantic tropes to show the darker side of relationships with dangerous men, but infuses enough humor, love, and wit to leave the reader hopeful. Longtime fans of the romance genre won’t want to miss out on this one.” ―Bookish online review

“Pywell cleverly and effectively intersperses Neave’s story with that of her favorite romance novel, The Pirate Lover, and the two tales ultimately converge in surprising ways. Equal parts mystery, romance, and family saga, with a dash of dark comedy, this book has something for fans of all genres.” —Lindsay Harmon, Booklist


Praise for EVERYTHING AFTER

“A perceptive take on the generation that came of age during the late 60's, this second novel, with its quietly beautiful, perfectly paced prose, centers on a family divided both physically and politically by the vietnam War.” ―People

“The best examination of political and moral issues within the framework of family life since Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres. Pywell has a gift for capturing the complexity of sibling relationships that is all her own.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Pywell's ability to nail the dynamics of a family in crisis make this an immersive, affecting read.” ―Publishers Weekly

Everything After is one of those books that pulls and tugs at you, nipping at the corner of your emotions. It's seductive and sneaks up on you, adding layer upon layer and in the end makes you think about the things that mean something to you. [It] is a story of memories, and everyone knows that memories can be good and bad, real or imagined. As Pywell says, 'Memory is just another way of forgetting: you place a picture in your mind and the longer you entertain it, the further it pushes all other possible truths away.'” ―Denver Post

“Pywell achingly depicts a grieving family bitterly divided by the politics of war.” ―Booklist


Pywell cleverly and effectively intersperses Neave’s story with that of her favorite romance novel, The Pirate Lover, and the two tales ultimately converge in surprising ways. Equal parts mystery, romance, and family saga, with a dash of dark comedy, this book has something for fans of all genres.

— Lindsay Harmon

 

Praise for WHAT HAPPENED TO HENRY

“An utterly compelling book about the magical endurance of history, family, faith and love. Pywell's sure prose, her surprising, moody and mysterious plot, her wonderful characters, her snowy, luminous images make this a book you'll remember. I read it in one go.” ―Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

“An overpowering and life-affirming literary experience. At once joyful and heartbreaking--and ultimately unforgettable.” ―Steve Kluger, author of Last Days Of Summer

What Happened to Henry is a beautifully written first novel...It is rather nice to see a novel which deals with childhood in such an adult way, without either bitterness or falling into any of the usual stereotypes. I loved it.” ―Joanne Harris

“A powerful novel full of surprises, unbreakable sibling bonds, and insightful reflection on the power of love to overcome grief, by a promising new author.” ―Deborah Donovan

“A fascinating blend of family drama and metaphysical inquiry.” ―Kirkus Reviews