Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Rockin' Chair by Steven Manchester

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.

Steven Manchester’s The Rockin’ Chair: Family is The Foundation for Everything is a very powerfully touching story told in the most simplest words. It’s actually Manchester’s plain, sparse writing that makes for the most emotional storytelling. The book tells the story of a broken multigenerational family that comes together after the death of their grandmother.

Her death becomes the impetus for Grandpa John to start his quest of “fixing” what is broken with each of his grandchildren. It’s simplicity and truth will make even the most hard-hearted person weep. My eyes are tearing up just thinking about the book! It’s a quick read that is worth everyone’s time.     

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Roberta


  1. I thought this book was amazing and one that will stay with me for years to come. So glad you enjoyed it. Great review!

  2. Many thanks for the wonderful review, and for sharing THE ROCKIN' CHAIR with your readers!


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