Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Release Date: May 13, 2014
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 they most to her. What happens when the life you’ve dreamed of remains just inches from your grasp?
I’ve read almost all of Steven’s books, and as he continues to write I will continue to read them. He writes stories from the heart, meant to pull at your heart. If you’re looking for a fantasy world to escape into these are not it. His books follow lives that some of us may be living. When I started reading Pressed Pennies – I kid you not, I had tears running down my cheeks at the end of page 1. It may not pull at everyone the same, and some of it could be from a very long emotional few months for myself – but the emotions Abby is feeling as she and Paige are leaving their home to start a new life, resonated with me. We’ve moved countless times over the years, and instead of getting easier, it just gets harder. I understood!
I really can’t say enough good about Pressed Pennies. Lessons of love, understanding, hope, family, parenting and oh so much more are shared in this book. If you’re an easy crier you may want to have a box of tissues handy. Then make room on your bookshelves, because you’re going to love his other books as well!