Monday, June 16, 2014

Pressed Pennies
by Steven Manchester

Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 355
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads: In an era of divorce and single-parenthood, it is a story about raising children and peacefully co-existing; making it work with mutual respect and consideration. The book's underlying theme is discovered in the evolution of the 80's child. Though life begins as wholesome and innocent, technology quickly takes over. Suddenly, two parents must leave the home and go to work. Day care, fast food and a list of coveted luxuries replace long talks in porch swings, tree forts and family suppers. The price for comfort proves very expensive, though, as the American family is traded in for the American dream. 


Kritters Thoughts:  A true love story that although may be predictable, is still sweet and tender and a good read.  Two high school sweethearts part ways due to circumstances and I think both of them always wondered what could have been if they had had to part ways in their youth.  Coincidentally they run into each other early on the book and although there are immediate sparks their love story takes a long time to get up and moving.

I absolutely adored Abby from the very beginning.  What a honest character who had such great qualities.  Although she may have been quite a goodie too shoes, I enjoyed the honesty that she portrayed both to her child and her blossoming relationship.  Manchester did such a good job of portraying the truth as to how a child can really react to a new person in their parent's life and the impact that it can have on all parties involved.  

Again, I may have been able to predict the ending on this one, I still enjoyed the story.  Sometimes a little predictability is ok when it is just meant to be a sweet story.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from The Story Plant.  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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