Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Rockin' Chair

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): 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.

My Review: 

One (or more) Sentence Summary: Nicholas Sparks + Richard Paul Evans = The Rockin' Chair!  

Favorite Character(s):  Grampa John, of course.  He was the healer of the family. However, I really liked Elle.  She was such a rock to the whole family.  

Setting:  The story takes place in Montana, but I kept placing the story in my head in Vermont.  I can't really say why, except I have never been to Montana.

Fast read/slow read:  Good pace.

Cover:  Perfect. Once you read the story, it will make so much sense.  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I have Goodnight Brian on my kindle!

Meet the Author: Steven Manchester is the author of The Rockin' Chair, as well as the #1 best seller, Twelve Months (2013 San Francisco & 2013 DIY Book Festivals award winner). He is also the author of A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive) and the award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian. 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 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 his four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit: www.StevenManchester.com

Connect: You can connect with Steven online at his website and Facebook.

Purchase it:  You can purchase The Rockin' Chair online at Amazon for $14.95 (6.49 for Kindle version).

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