Saturday, February 7, 2015

Review: Gooseberry Island by: Steven Manchester

Title: Gooseberry Island
Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 300
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley


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.

My Thoughts: 

 This book was sent to me via The Story Plant and Steven Manchester for a honest and fair review.

This book has so much going on between it's main characters Lindsey Wood and David McClain.  David is about to be deployed to Afghanistan with the Rangers, when he meets Lindsey at this point he's not looking for love after just recently breaking up with a girl he was dating.

Lindsey meets David through a mutual friend,  and spends a wonderful night getting to know him.  Lindsey has spent most of her life dealing with her father Denis and his PTSD, her father spends so much time in and out of VA Hospitals.  Not having been ale to fight the demons of war.  

David is exposed to so much violence he comes back and broken man, shoving Lindsey away due to what he has experienced in the war.  

I loved this book like all his other's Mr. Manchester hits on something and really drives it home in this situation it's PTSD and VA Hospitals and how it is when soldiers come home and can't always get past what happened to them over there.   This book real makes it realistic to things that people not being with a war veteran may not know.  While they do a noble deed in wartime they come home and what they know how to do isn't always applicable to normal jobs.  How do you get a job when your trained as a sniper most jobs don't call for sniper abilities in the day to day world. 

I loved how Mr. Manchester shares the military stories mixed in this story between Lindsey and David and how Lindsey's father has dealt with so much along with trying to raise his daughter, wanting the best for her and knowing that military life isn't the best but the heart wants what the heart wants.  Such incredible storytelling if you haven't read his books yet you are severely missing out!! 
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