Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Review The Rockin' Chair by: Steven Manchester

Title: The Rockin' Chair
Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 269
Format: Paperback
Source: Author Book Tour


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.

My Thoughts:

This book starts out with bits and parts of memories of John's wife Alice who's suffering from something memory related.  Early on we learn she has Alzheimer's and that her time is running out.  John is devastated by this news.

John and Alice's son Hank and Elle and their kids reunite after the funeral.  To there John helps everyone get on the right path including making amends for past mistakes.  For Hank that is his relationship with his father, and kids and Elle his wife.  For Elle it is fixing her marriage with Hank.  To John that is helping his son and grandkids find their way.  Everyone has a turmoil and a situation they have to come to tems with it.

Towards the end of the book you see people connecting and finding things that make them happy it was so great to go on the journey with them in this book.  Once again Steven Manchester hands us a brilliant story I would put him higher than Nicholas Sparks.  Mr. Manchester has a way to reach deep into the soul and really stir your emotions.  I felt a tear wanting to run down my face, if I wasn't so allergy ridden I would have been crying my eyes out at such a masterpiece a book I will treasure for a long long time.

Definitely my number one writer for these genre of books.  His writing ability is so inspiring and brings out so many emotions in his stories!
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CMash said...

WOW! What a fabulous review. Awesome!! I agree with your thoughts on this book and the author. He has an amazing gift and talent!

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