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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester

  Picture and synopsis from Steven's website.

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.
 
Review:
 
Pressed Pennies is a well written novel that grips you from the beginning.  It is filled with characters who could be your neighbors, your friends, or even your own family.  It was very easy to connect with the characters in this charming story.  It also helps that Steven Manchester is such a gifted story teller, this made the story flow so well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

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