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Pressed Pennies
By Steven Manchester
2014
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating:  5 stars
 
From the first two pages of Pressed Pennies, Manchester hooks readers by introducing them to Abby Soares and her 8 year old daughter, Paige, on moving day from their home.
 
“The bitter breakup with Paige’s father, Patrick, along with the weasel’s abandonment of their daughter left her no choice. For nine trying months, she did everything she could to keep the house, but it had become too much. It’s a small price to pay for peace she finally decided. They had to start anew.”
 
Before the first chapter ends, readers additionally meet Rick Giles at his grandmother’s wedding, where they learn of his marriage’s different scope of problems.
 
Manchester’s exceptional writing style comes through full force in this book.  With excellent characterizations, he has readers not only interested, but also caring about the protagonists, anxious to find out more about where their lives will progress, and possibly intersect. 
 
Readers will walk alongside the characters through the author’s skillful command of language, timing, plot, and of course, the story, which is a good one all the way to its satisfying conclusion.