Gooseberry Island
by Steven Manchester

Print ISBN: 9781611881806
E-book ISBN: 978-1-936558-74-2
Publication Date: January 6, 2015 --- 300 pages


They met at the worst possible moment...or maybe it was just in time. David McClain was about to go to war and Lindsey Wood was there at his going-away party, capturing his heart when falling for a woman was the last thing on his mind. While David was serving his country, he stayed in close contact with Lindsey. But war changes a person, and when he came home very little had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty?

Gooseberry Island is the most nuanced, dramatic, and romantic novel yet from a writer whose ability to plumb the depths of human emotion knows few peers.

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Praise for Steven Manchester

“Steven Manchester has a gift for expressing through his writing the complicated and transcendent beauty of the human experience with poignant clarity.”

– Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Steven Manchester writes about life as it really is and really could be.”

– Crystal Book Reviews

“Steven Manchester has become one of my must-read authors.”

– Literary R&R

“I really liked Steven Manchester’s poetic writing style and ability to construct such a vivid, exciting, and impassioned story line full of heartbreak, inspiration, hope, love, and faith.”
– Book Trib

“Steven Manchester is the Norman Rockwell of literature!”

– Literarily Illumined

“Steven Manchester really knows how to write family . . . I cannot wait to read more by this author!”

– The Grand World of Books

“Mr. Manchester’s exquisite writing style makes this poignant story memorable and a joy to read.”

– Long and Short Reviews

“Manchester is a writer of great emotional depth.”
– The View From the Phlipside

“I would put him higher than Nicholas Sparks.”
– Community Bookshop

And for Gooseberry Island:

“Stunning.”
– Crystal Book Reviews

“It is amazing that Steven Manchester can take the same alphabet most of us use, create the same words most of us use, and arrange them so skillfully that they reach in and stir profound emotions in a reader. His ability to connect the reader with the characters’ deepest feelings, fears, hopes, dreams, and love is incredible.”
– Long and Short Reviews

“Once again, with a style as unique as his fingerprints, Steven Manchester will steal your heart and soul in exchange for the beauty of his words.”
– Tome Tender

"If you struggle with how war affects so many, read Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester."
– Single Titles

“Steven Manchester did a tremendous job at highlighting the emotional impact serving our country has on our soldiers; that sometimes the wounds aren’t physical but emotional.”
– Literarily Illumined

"Gooseberry Island is beautifully written and draws out all your emotions. It makes you cry and there are times you will even smile. Steven Manchester knows how to touch his readers’ hearts."
– Socrates' Book Reviews

“Steven Manchester births another great masterpiece – Gooseberry Island. This book will take you on an emotional journey.”
– Hinovelty

“If you like reads with heart, have a sense of something bigger than yourself, and love stories you can step right into for better or worse, THIS is the book for you.”
– Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“Gooseberry Island is a book everyone should read, not only because Steven Manchester is one great writer, but because his stories tell a story.”
– My Life. One Story At A Time

“Every once in a while a novel comes along that is so powerfully compelling and thought provoking that it will pull at the heartstrings and stir the soul. For me, that novel is author Steven Manchester's Gooseberry Island.”
– Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“Steven Manchester writes deep, thoughtful stories. This was another one of his books worth curling up with this winter.”
– Ope’s Opinions

“It is rare to read a novel that sinks into your soul as much as this one did.”
– Taking It One Page At A Time

“I have read most of Steven Manchester’s novels and all have been wonderful. This is no exception and in my opinion, is his best.”
– Book Bug

“I’ve never met a Steven Manchester book I didn’t like. All I have to say is you’d better have that box of tissues handy.”
– Sunny Island Breezes

“It was such a heart-warming story. I love every character, not just David and Lindsey.”
– Bookingly Yours

“Author Steven Manchester explores the difficult topic of war and its lingering effects in Gooseberry Island. Readers get to experience a full spectrum of emotions in this novel: beauty, love, and hope through the romance between David and Lindsey; as well as fear, anxiety, and despair through David’s struggle with PTSD.”
– San Francisco Book Review

“This is Steven Manchester’s genius, by touching on such sensitive subjects in a relatable way. He makes readers feel as if they’re going through what the characters go through. And he brings to light the importance of providing PTSD sufferers with the support they need through this story and its characters. This book is not just for those who have experienced PTSD, be it directly or indirectly, but also for everyone who enjoys a book of substance that speaks of a true life lesson.”
– The Bookworm

“I highly recommend Gooseberry Island, a moving story from an author who never disappoints.”
– And the Story Unfolds

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