Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester
Paperback, 355 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by The Story Plant
~Rating: 4/5 stars~
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.
**A copy was provided by the author**
I loved this book! Definitely a page-turner!
Pressed Pennies is a beautiful romance that was well put together, well-written, and sweet. This is a story that will captivate the reader’s attention from the start with its memorable characters; engaging dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a realistic story-line that deals with complicated family dynamics, relationship issues, rekindled love, and second chances.
Rick and Abby, two people reconnecting after many years apart. They meet again after their failed marriages and try to spend time reconnecting. The problem is Abby’s daughter, Paige, whose acting out threatens their relationship. Second time around they discover that their love was destined.
The author writes eloquently at times, especially when scene-setting. His descriptions are spot-on and the chronological order of the novel makes the interwoven stories easy to follow.
I highly recommend it!