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Monday, September 9, 2013

Author requested review...

The Rockin' Chair by Steven Manchester

The Rockin’ Chair

By: Steven Manchester

Genre: fiction

Pages: 272

Published: 2013

Read: September

3 out of 5

This was my second novel by Manchester and it seems that his novels always have a similar premise.  They are about redeeming one’s life and making dreams come true before crossing over to the next journey. This one involved a grampa who in his last 7 months of life (not knowing that) helps his entire family – son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren – resolve their issues and disappointments in their own life. Therefore, feeling his life is fulfilled and can peacefully join his wife in afterlife.  With his accomplishments being fulfilled in only a 7 month time, the story was way too quick for me and very unrealistic, especially with his alcohol and drug addicted granddaughter. While it was clear she wasn’t completely recovered, I don’t think she would have been as far along in only 7 months.  The entire timeframe of novel was too short and if spanned over a two or three year period it would have been more reasonable.  I did enjoy this novel much more than the previous one I read, but would like to see Manchester try his hand at a completely different premise in stories.

His personal website is www.stevenmanchester.com

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