About the book...
Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.
Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy – Grandpa John – calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.
This is one of those stories that will break your heart...yet still help you piece it back together again with love, trust, and the best of intentions. It's beautiful. It's magical. It's simple in story line, but wrought with so much emotion and life lessons that one can't helped but be moved by this manuscript.
We begin at a low point for John and his beloved wife. They are both elderly, but she has succumbed to the ill effects of time, forgetting her present as easily as her past, and leaving the future hanging in the balance. When tragedy strikes, we are prepared and so it is with a certain bitter sweetness that we accept it as a piece of the puzzle. We get to know each of the lost souls returning in more ways than simply physical presence. We get the chance to discover the depths to which a parent's love truly runs even when the words escape them. We get to uncover the darkest secrets of many, the simple truths of a few, experience life through the eyes of someone that has truly lived and despite what time might say, has much more to share with us.
John is a wonderful and caring narrator. Through him we learn to love with all our hearts, trust with our full beings, and share a smile, a kind word even, with each person we meet, because we never really know when our last days will come. Do you want to spend your "ever after" lost in regret, what ifs and shoulda wouldas? Or would you rather be able to say...I LIVED. After all, life may not always be perfect but it's those imperfections that make it a path worth following. Share it with the ones you love....as it should be. Recommended read for teens and beyond; this is definitely one to spread around to all your reading friends.
ARC for review courtesy of Providence Book Promotions. (THANKS guys!) For more information on this tour as well as their future outings, be sure to stop by their official site, like them on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter. To check out ALL the fun on the tour, be sure to check out the main tour post and stop by some of the other sites including yesterday at Everything Distils Into Reading, and tomorrow's visit to The Self-Taught Cook! Finally, to discover more about the mind behind these great works, get to know author Steven Manchester over on Facebook. This title was released June 2013, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf near you. If you can't get to your local bookstore at the moment (first choice), here's a few online options to get you on your way...Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and GoodReads. Now, let's move on to the rest of what you were waiting for, shall we?
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Until next time...GOOD LUCK....and happy reading!'