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.
Steven Manchester is the published author of Pressed Pennies, The Unexpected Storm: The Gulf War Legacy and Jacob Evans, as well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. 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 children, writing, or promoting his works, this Massachusetts author speaks to troubled children through the Straight Ahead Christian Program, as well as Street Speakers; a talented group of high school poets from the Whaling City Alternative School.
I have been fortunate to read and review other books by Steven Manchester and I have to say that I’ve never been disappointed. His writing is absolutely exquisite and heart warming. His books are full of emotion and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. There’s a lesson about life in every book, and PRESSED PENNIES is no exception.
In Pressed Pennies, the question is asked, ‘Have we traded the American Family for the American Dream?’ In answering, Steven Manchester puts his finger on the pulse of American family life today. –Richard Allen Taylor
Steven Manchester’s books are about broken people (I guess that why I identify with them) and their journey as they learn to love and trust again. I am not one to regurgitate the book blurb or give away the story; if you are a fan of Steven’s, then you’ll enjoy this book. If you haven’t read one of his books, there’s no better place to start than this book. I am giving PRESSED PENNIES five stars. I am a huge fan of Steven’s and can’t recommend his books enough. If you want a book that will touch your heart – go – buy – read!
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