The Rockin’ Chair

Author:  Steven Manchester                                                 6d8c5-rockingchair
Publisher: Story Plant
Pages: 272
Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
Source:  Steven Manchester

Goodreads:  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.

Ope’s Opinion:  The beginning of the book drew me in when Steve was writing about Alice.  I could see her confusion.  It was a great place to start the story.  The story was of a family, each with issues that needed to be dealt with.  In that way, this could have been anyone’s story – very relatable.  
                                     The rocking chair itself was such an awesome symbol of this family.  It was a solid family with flaws. The rocking chair was always there – just like John was always there for this family.  
                                    I think one of the main lessons in this book is telling people what you are thinking and feeling.  If you do, it will cause so much less misunderstandings and hurt feelings.  
                                   This is my third book by Steven Manchester and I would read another one in a heart beat.    
Rating:  Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.
                 FTC – Disclosure of Material Connection: 
      I received one copy of this book free of charge from
                 Steven Manchester. 
            I was not required to write a positive review
                 in exchange for receipt of the book;
         rather the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


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