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Monday, October 28, 2013

Steven Manchester The Rockin' Chair

The Rockin' ChairMemories 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 Review:

This is a deep story of a family that is like a lot of families.  They have their problems and don't really know how to show each other how they feel.  When Alice dies, John is devastated but realized that he needs to bring his family back together.  He sends letters to his three grandchildren to come home.  Georgey is a military man with issues of a an episode that happened in Afghanistan.  Evan just lost the love of his life.  Tara is destitute in New York city, an alcoholic and drug addict.  But they come home to Montana to heal.  Meanwhile, John has to try to make amends with his son Hank.  The families memories center around the rocking chair a good bit and little by little the whole family starts to heal.  A very poignant story that will make you want to hug your own family a little closer.  I think this is a good glimpse into the lives of too many families.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Author Bio:  Steven Manchester is the published author of the #1 best seller, Twelve Months, as well as A Christmas Wish (the holiday prequel to Goodnight, Brian) and Goodnight, Brian. He is also the Pressed Pennies, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy and Jacob Evans, as well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of his short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series.!/AuthorStevenManchester

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