Friday, July 11, 2014

Pressed Pennies Book Review

I have a good book to share with you that pretty much mirrors life that happens when two people meet and there is a child involved and just how to you get that child to accept a new stepfather or stepmother into the picture? The book is called Pressed Pennies written by Steve Manchester.
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?
I know we all know someone who has a child like Paige, who just won't let her mother be happy or father. I myself have a granddaughter who did everything in her power to get her mother and father back together even though it had been many years since the divorce and they both disliked each other immensely. But, that didn't stop my granddaughter. In the end, it was herself that she hurt the most because it was a lost cause and she just made herself miserable. I wonder how many times this has happened and I guess I would be shocked to learn the real numbers.

This story is no different in that Paige wants her mother to be just with her after she finally gets over the divorce. She doesn't want anyone else to disrupt what her and her mother have together, but we all know as adults that children don't understand that we as adults crave adult companionship and love.

Abby tries really hard to make it all work for all three of them but finally Rick has had enough and says I can't get through to her. It takes some outside influence to get Paige to see that it isn't all about her. Will she finally see that her mother really does love Rick and Rick really does love her mother? And will she let Rick in long enough to see that he is a good guy?

Happy Reading!
About the Author:
Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers, Twelve Months and The Rockin' Chair. He is also the author of the award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian, as well as the critically-acclaimed novel, Pressed Pennies, A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novella, released August 2014), Just in Time (novella, released September 2014) and Gooseberry Island (novel, released January 2015).
His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. 
I thought that this book was worth someone else reading as it's a great love story and how they overcame the obstacles placed in their way. This is a print copy and open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!


Linda Kish said...

I do like to read love stories. I red his Goodnight, Brian and it was wonderful. I would love to read this one, too. Linda

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Anita Yancey said...

I do enjoy reading love stories, they are one of my favorite reads. I have heard good things about this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.