Book Review: Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester

Title: Gooseberry Island

Author: Steven Manchester

Publisher: The Story Plant

Release Date: January 6, 2015


Book Summary: 

They met at the worst possible moment…or maybe it was just in time.

David McClain was about to go to war and Lindsey Wood was there at his going-away party, capturing his heart when falling for a woman was the last thing on his mind. While David was serving his county, he stayed in close contact with Lindsey. But war changes a person, and when he came home very little had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty?

Steven has done it again. Capturing my heart and soul within the pages of Gooseberry Island. For those with family who have served our country, especially those who have fought in a war – this book may touch closely to experiences you have had yourself. War does change people. Sights can not be unseen, and haunts will effect you your whole life.

Although I don’t have close family or experience with this, I do understand, and have dealt closely with mental illness. Depression and anxiety is a real disease, and not something easily put aside. When dealing with loved ones effected with these mental diseases, truly a deep love and patience can see you through. It’s not easy, but for the moments of joy and love, they are completely worth it.

Rating: 5 stars!

Content: Very mild language (I can’t even think of any for sure), scenes in the war zone that may be hard for some to read, and passionate yet clean love.

Source: ARC from Author

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  1. I’ve never heard of this book but it has a beautiful cover and a very interesting blurb! Definitely going on my TBR. Awesome review!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

  2. I haven’t heard of this book before, but it sounds like one I need to read! Especially as it talks about war and mental illness, both subjects which are heavy and yet intrigue me to learn more about.