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June 19, 2013


THE ROCKING CHAIR   by Steven Manchester                     5 STARS


 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.

The author, Steven Manchester, has a gift for writing. The book captures your attention on the first page. This is a book you won't forget. It is a heart breaking story about family problems. This book has the power to change the world we live in.  Wouldn't it be different  world if everyone would just say how we feel, tell people that we love them, that we have the power to change things.  Just a small four letter word has such power. This book is such a page turner, a boo k you can't pt down.The author did a great job of creating realistic characters.  It's like you know everyone and you're on the farm.  The author writes with just the right amount of mix without going too far.

If you'd like a well written novel that has fine detailed characters, loaded with emotion, then this is for you. The novel, THE ROCKING HAIR is an easy read and one very fine quality is it focuses on family, which should bind everything together. There are some valuable lessons that can be learned from this book. You may grab hold and overcome your past and improve your future. Go pick up; a copy and discover the masterpiece that Steven Manchester has written.  I would recommend THE ROCKING CHAIR to everyone.  It's a reminder about how much we learned sitting on the porch by THE ROCKING CHAIR and what a wonderful feeling it was.

The cover is magnificent, a 5 STARS

I would give this book 5 STARS

I received a complimentary copy of this book, THE ROCKING CHAIR, from the author, Steven Manchester for this unbiased review.

About the Author

Steven Manchester is June's Story Plant Author of the Month.

Steven Manchester
"Steven Manchester has a gift for expressing through his writing the complicated and transcendent beauty of the human experience with poignant clarity," says Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King. "Steven Manchester writes about life as it really is and really could be," adds Crystal Book Reviews. Steven Manchester’s 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 Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Manchester writes deeply moving, intensely relatable novels that readers tend to remember and discuss for a long time.

1 comment:

Steve Manchester said...

Gayle- many thanks for the wonderful review--and for sharing THE ROCKIN' CHAIR with your readers!