Author - Steven Manchester
Genre - Contemporary Fiction
ISBN - 0977005046
Buy from - Amazon // Amazon US
Publication date - May 13th 2014
Book Blurb - Rick and Abby grew up together, became best friends, and ultimately fell in love. Circumstance tore them apart in their early teens, though, and they went on to lives less idyllic than they dreamed about in those early days. Rick has had a very successful career, but his marriage flat-lined. Abby has a magical daughter, Paige, but Paige's father nearly destroyed Abby's spirit.
Now fate has thrown Rick and Abby together again. In their early thirties, they are more world-weary than they were as kids. But their relationship still shimmers, and they're hungry to make up for lost time. However, Paige, now nine, is not nearly as enthusiastic. She's very protective of the life she's made with her mother and not open to the duo becoming a trio. Meanwhile, Rick has very little experience dealing with kids and doesn't know how to handle Paige. This leaves Abby caught between the two people who matter the most to her. What happens when the life you've dreamed of remains just inches from your grasp?
PRESSED PENNIES is a nuanced, intensely romantic, deeply heartfelt story of love it its many incarnations, relationships in their many guises, and family in its many meanings. It is the most accomplished and moving novel yet from a truly great storyteller of the heart.
MY BOOK REVIEW
This book tells the story of how two young lives were torn apart when they were childhood sweethearts. Both moved on with their lives.
Abby married and had a Daughter Paige, who she adores. She lived in an abusive Marriage, with a Husband who was an alcoholic.
Rick also married by was living in a loveless marriage, feeling trapped, eventually getting a divorce.
The book is full of ups and downs, with all the Rick, Abby and Paige having several issues. Paige is constantly let down by her father, who can't always make time for her and she faces many struggles in her young life.
I thoroughly enjoyed how the author put challenges in the way of all the main characters, and how they all overcome their challenges.
The book is a mix of heartache and triumph; sadness and joy, and takes you on a journey through it all.
Another aspect of the book I really enjoyed was how it was written with a male perspective too as this seemed to add something to how the story was written.
This is the second book I've read by Steven Manchester and he didn't disappoint. There are several more for me to read too!
So far this year I've read some really enjoyable books and this was definitely one of them.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
They met at the worst possible moment...or maybe it was just in time. David McClain was about to go to war and Lindsey Wood was there at his going-away party, capturing his heart when falling for a woman was the last thing on his mind. While David was serving his country, he stayed in close contact with Lindsey. But war changes a person, and when he came home very little had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty?
Gooseberry Island is the most nuanced, dramatic, and romantic novel yet from a writer whose ability to plumb the depths of human emotion knows few peers.
Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.
Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy – Grandpa John – calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.
A rich portrait of a family at a crossroad, THE ROCKIN' CHAIR is Steven Manchester’s most heartfelt and emotionally engaging novel to date. If family matters to you, it is a story you must read.
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