Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester
Publisher: Story Plant, The (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 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
This is a book so many people can relate to. A divorced mom trying to start over, and a daughter having to adjust not only to a new school and friends, but also to the absence of her father.
This is a very touching story about the best and worst of relationships. It’s about the sorrow of growing apart and out of love with someone you thought you’d be spending your life with. And it’s about second chances and being happy again.
The writing is excellent. It flows smoothly and will hold your attention from beginning to end. You may recognize some of your friends in the characters. They love, hurt, make mistakes, and try to make the best of even the worst situations.
I loved the relationships between Abby and Paige, and Abby and Rick. I felt so sad that Paige first felt abandoned by her father, and then threatened by Rick. The book definitely will tug at your heart strings.
The overall message is very uplifting, there is life after divorce. You will make it through it, whether you’re the adult or the child.
This is the second Steven Manchester book I’ve read and both were 5 stars!
I’d definitely recommend this book and plan on reading other books by this author. from Steven Manchester.