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Thursday, August 29, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Rockin' Chair by Steven Manchester + SURPRISE GIVEAWAY!

Hi guys!
Welcome back to the place that aims to serve up some fresh and piping hot reads EVERY day of the week (well, almost)...Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're playing host to a blog tour courtesy of Providence Book Promotions that stars an author that is becoming a frequent visitor here on the site...and for that, BOY am I glad!  So far I've read THREE of his works and through each one, I've yet to be disappointed.  Today's selection...hits the mark high once again.  Ladies and gents, allow me to introduce today's book of choice is....

The Rockin' Chair
Seven Manchester

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 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?

Thanks to the generosity of Providence Book Promotions, you my friends, have the esteemed pleasure of earning a chance to win not this current read, but his previous work entitled, Goodnight, Brian!  Exciting?  Unusual?  Curious nonetheless?  You should be.  For a refresher on this particular book, just click HERE and you'll be whisked away to my prior review but if you like heartfelt reads with a touch of faith, a smidge of sympathy and a whole lot of of love to share, you can't go wrong.

So, NOW's YOUR CHANCE TO WIN!  Entries accepted through September 6th, 2013 at midnight CST.  How do you enter?  Easy!  Just share a memory that warms your heart of you and/or yours ...and submit your info via THIS FORM and you're in it to win it!

Until next time...GOOD LUCK....and happy reading!'


CMash said...

Phenomenal review and post! Thank you. I have also read all 3 of Mr. Manchester's books and all 3 are on my "favorite books of all time" list.

Michelle Pic said...

Okay so many memories to choose form. Lets go with one of my all time faves, The first Christmas my hubby and I had as a married couple we didn't have much money. I am talking like $30 or so to spend on each other. So we decided to open our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve after we got the baby to sleep. The only lights were the Christmas Tree lights, some soft music playing and the two of us in the living room. Not much to buy with only $30, so we really had to put thought into our gifts. That night was the closest I think I have ever felt to my husband at the holidays. So much thought and love went into that night, it cannot be recreated but warms me every holiday season when everything gets crazy, that memory touches me the way nothing else can. Money means nothing, it truly is time and love with your loved ones.

Charlotte said...

Sitting on the front porch with love ones when I was a young child.

Felicity Grace Terry said...

Just in the mood for a beautiful magical read, thank you for sharing this.

Teena in Toronto said...

I enjoyed this book.


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