Rick and Abby grew up together and started a relationship in their teens, but Rick and his family moved away and they lost touch. Through the years, each married and built their lives and families. But neither found happiness. Abby got divorced and moved with her daughter to a new home. Rick became disillusioned with his materialistic life and marriage, and decided to break away on his own. And then, a chance meeting brought them together again.
Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester is a love story that isn't so simple. While Rick and Abby consider getting to know each other again, Abby's 10-year-old daughter Paige has other ideas. She's still trying to deal with her parents' divorce and is comforted by her mother's promise that it will be just the two of them. When Rick shows up, Paige wants nothing to do with him ~ and she wants her mom to herself.
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 Rating: 4/5
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Read my reviews of other books by Steven Manchester:
The Rockin' Chair
This review was written based on a copy of Pressed Pennies that was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.