Monday, June 10, 2013

the Rockin' Chair by Steven Manchester

Overview

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

First of all I need to say that I am a new fan of Steven Manchester!  His writing for this fictional story was wonderful!

This story is very captivating!  The novel was a easy read and it was very easy to stay interested from the first paragraph to the very last sentence.

Mr. Manchester goes into great deal describing each of the McCarthy family members.  I felt like I knew Grandpa John and I had a very clear picture of what he and the rest of the family looked like.  His descriptions are very detailed.  However, he doesn't focus on one point on an extended period of time. 

This family could easily be any family.  All families have unsaid problems, hurts, memories, and things that should be aired before it's too late.

This book is a great reminder of how short life is and if we keep things inside, before you know it, it will be too late.

You will learn about Grandpa John, Alice and their son Hank and his family.

This story also talks about Alzheimer's.  I started crying more than once throughout the book.

I highly recommend this book!  I don't want to talk a lot about the book as it will give a lot of details away but if you are looking for a great summer read or a great book to give a friend, this IS the book to give!! 

Thank you to Mr. Manchester for providing me with a review copy of this book. 

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