Pressed Pennies

Pressed Pennies

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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 the most to her. What happens when the life you've dreamed of remains just inches from your grasp?PRESSED PENNIES is a nuanced, intensely romantic, deeply heartfelt story of love it its many incarnations, relationships in their many guises, and family in its many meanings.
It is the most accomplished and moving novel yet from a truly great storyteller of the heart.Finalist: 2014 USA Best Book Award
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Product details

  • Paperback | 355 pages
  • 127 x 204 x 33.02mm | 327g
  • Stamford, United States
  • English
  • 1611881358
  • 9781611881356

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"Steven Manchester is the Norman Rockwell of Literature!" -- Literarily Illumined "Allows the reader to enjoy the journey of the characters and experience the power that comes from real love." -- Examiner.com "Steven Manchester's latest book Pressed Pennies is another 'rhythm of life' masterpiece with his words drawing pictures in our minds... The characters jump off the pages and into our hearts as we cry with them and rejoice with them." -- Single Titles "Steven's written poetic words are guaranteed to hook the romantic at heart and keep hold of you until the beautiful finale." -- Reviews from the Heart "You continue to dazzle readers with your sensitive and graceful writing -- don't stop, Steven Manchester. Gutsy and beautiful novel." -- Crystal Book Reviews "If you want a book that will touch your heart -- go -- buy -- read!" -- My Life. One Story at a Time "Steven Manchester writes about people, life, love and second chances in a warm and realistic way that goes beyond fabulous writing and straight into sigh-worthy, romance that is both relatable and magical. He breathes life into his characters and fills them with real emotion, real fears, insecurities and love. This is the kind of story that makes the reader want to curl up and lose themself in a tale that feels warm and fuzzy, sweet and highly enchanting." -- Tome Tender "Not only does Steven Manchester have the gift to pen stories about matters of the heart and relationships, I believe what puts him above many others, is that he truly writes from the heart." -- CMash Reads "Another wonderful heartfelt story, written by an author who never disappoints, with good old-fashioned story telling." -- And the Story Unfolds "This is an amazingly written story." -- Cassandra M's Place "A precious story and leaves the reader feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Read it!" -- The Spontaneous Reader "Manchester's ability to capture the raw emotions of love, loss and hope is remarkable. Beautiful and mesmerizing Pressed Pennies may have become our new favorite Steven Manchester novel." -- Closed the Cover "A delightful romantic story that will captivate the reader's attention with its memorable characters; engaging dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a realistic storyline that deals with complicated family dynamics, relationship issues, rekindled love, and second chances." -- Jersey Girl Book Reviews "Manchester delivers a beautifully written, emotionally full story of love and sacrifices. He digs into the decisions people make about their own happiness, and how they sometimes put their relationships ahead of that happiness, whether it's a marriage, friendship or parent-child relationship. The characters all seem very honest and easy to relate to, and their relationships and actions seem very real. If you enjoy contemporary novels that tug at the heartstrings, I highly recommend Pressed Pennies." -- My Book Retreat "I wiped away more than a few tears while reading. I can recommend this book without reservation." -- Closed the Cover
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About Steven Manchester

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestseller Twelve Months, Goodnight, Brian, The Rockin' Chair, and several other books. His work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning and BET's Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester's short stories were selected "101 Best" for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
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Rating details

178 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 35% (62)
4 30% (54)
3 17% (31)
2 12% (22)
1 5% (9)

Our customer reviews

Steven Manchesterâ??s latest foray differs from his usual lessons on life. This outing is not as serious as his previous novels and revolves around true love. Not just the love shared between a couple, but one within a family. This is Stevenâ??s greatest strength, weaving tales interwoven with messages we can all learn from and apply in our very own lives. Pressed Pennies is about having the courage to want something better and not just accepting what is easy. We learn about how love can conquer all odds put before it, if only you have a little faith. Itâ??s a bit of a sweet love story with the pains of reality thrown in for good measure. Life lessons are seen through the relationships between the two main characters as well as the difficult relationship between Rick and Abbyâ??s daughter Paige. At first glance, Paige is portrayed as the bane to Rickâ??s existence, being the strong, unrelenting barrier that separates Rick from progressing in his relationship with Abby. But it is from Paige that we garner the most wisdom from. Paigeâ??s actions and reactions are some that we all go through and experience in life, it is the fear in our hearts. And it is the acceptance of those fears and standing up to them that frees us from our chains. We also learn about courage when Abby left her drunkard husband to take care of Paige as a single, unemployed mother and had to start all over again. Fate brings them back to where it all started and now Abby has to juggle not just raising a young child, but also another chance to fall in love again. Pressed Pennies teaches us about patience, understanding, persistence, standing up for yourself and most of all, love, acceptance and not being afraid to believe that anything is possible. We see how much one is willing to put up with for love, and how hard one is willing to fight to protect that love. Even the side characters in this book portray love from other angles, that love has no bounds, be it age or time. And as per a Steven Manchester book, all the characters are lovingly well-rounded, so much so that youâ??ll feel like you call them your friends. For those who found Stevenâ??s previous novels too heavy, youâ??ll be glad to know that this latest offering is a much lighter read. All of Stevenâ??s books display realistic situations but this one differs from the rest in its simplistic nature. It is not as serious as it doesnâ??t follow the route of every Nicholas Sparks novel, if you know what I mean. Itâ??s time to create some extra space on that bookshelf, because this one, like every other of Stevenâ??s books, if a definite keeper. Please visit http://lifesimplepleasures for more reviews on Steven's books.show more
by Nikki Ooi
4.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: Yes. Steven Manchester has the ability to take an ordinary story that readers can relate to and sprinkle it with extraordinary wisdom that readers can learn from. Thatâ??s what he does in Pressed Pennies. It would be easy to call this a love story, but I think itâ??s more appropriate to call it a hope story. Two characters struggle to find love after suffering through bad marriages and unpleasant divorces. They wrestle with blending families, understanding that itâ??s not just the wife and husband who get divorced. The children also go through a divorce experience of their own. They experience love, lost love, found love, deaths in the family, and the importance of relationships through it all. If that sounds a little sappy, it is. Maybe thatâ??s why I enjoy it so much. The 1/2 star short of perfect you wonder? Manchester shifts the point of view in this story often within a single scene. I got a little confused at times trying to figure out whose head I was in as a reader. Example: Richard and Abby are kissing in the kitchen and weâ??re reading the scene from Richardâ??s point of view. Same scene â?? next chapter, we read about eavesdropping from outside the kitchen. I stop â?? how can Richard be kissing and eavesdropping at the same time? Turns out itâ??s the daughter outside the kitchen. Taking the time to figure this out interrupted the flow of the story for me. Would I recommend it: Yes. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)show more
by Chrissy
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