By Steven Manchester
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.