Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review: The Rockin' Chair By Steven Manchester

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Story Plant, The
Release Date: June 18, 2013
ISBN-10: 161188067X
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
The Rockin' Chair
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.

In his latest novel, The Rockin' Chair, Steven Manchester deeply explores the meaning of "family" with all its good and bad qualities, and ends up with a beautiful and endearing story to behold. The Rockin' Chair is a story of love, loss, and the memories that bind us together.  With its richly developed cast of characters, I immediately felt as though I was among "family" and discovered the universal intricacies of this unique bond that seem to transcend time and space.  This emotionally engaging story had me reading until the early morning hours....and yes, a tissue box was close at hand.  Manchester has certainly proven himself to be a very gifted and talented storyteller...and one that I highly recommend.  The Rockin Chair is a fabulous summer read and would make for a wonderful book club selection as well; there is certainly  a great deal of discussion possibilities with this one!  If you enjoy a good family story, you won't be disappointed. I absolutely loved it and easily give this FIVE stars!

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