Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester...What a Read!

New from The Story Plant

A special request


Let's get viral.

Steven Manchester's next book will be out on January 6, 2015. Voted one of the Must Read Books of 2015 by Cyrus Webb PresentsGooseberry Island is sure to be the next hit from one of our #1 bestselling authors. The book looks at the budding relationship between Lindsay and David, who have to deal with David's deployment overseas and his recovery from the trauma he witnessed in the service of his country.

PTSD is one of the biggest problems facing soldiers as they return from war. As an experienced veteran himself, Steven Manchester understands that. That's why, during the promotion of this book, Steven and The Story Plant are going to be working toward helping returning veterans. And we need your help to do that.

From now until January 31, 2015, we will donate $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every copy of Gooseberry Island that is pre-ordered and sold. All you have to do is email us a copy of your receipt and we will make the donation. In addition to that, we will also donate a copy of the e-book to returning soldiers, one donation for each copy sold.

Here's the really important part - we need your help to spread the word about this campaign! Tell your neighbors, tell your family members, tell the person working the checkout line in the grocery story. Just tell as many people as you can and ask them to help spread the word too. We want this campaign to go viral! Let's do something good this holiday season and celebrate those who protect and serve our country!

You can read more about Gooseberry Island at our website. It is available for sale at AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKobo, and IndieBound.

Curious about Wounded Warrior or want to make your own donation? Visit their websitehere.

Book Review

Gooseberry Island: "Mr. Manchester handles [PTSD] with great compassion.  He brings to life the hardships that are suffered by our returning servicemen.  His characters have depth and the story is compelling.  It is not only a novel, it helps to inform the reader of the difficulties experienced and the silent life and death struggle that goes on every day around us." -From Book Bug Blog

Book Review

Gooseberry Island: "I’ve said it before – Steven Manchester has a very definite style of his own. His books all display beautiful descriptive writing, poignancy, and include an inspirational message, and this one will simply warm your heart." -From And The Story Unfolds

Book Review

Gooseberry Island: "This author did a wonderful job with this novel showing how war can change a person and how so many of these military people die of suicide and bringing to life the many hardships along with disorders(PTSD) that are suffered by many of our returning military men and women." -FromArlena, Goodreads member
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Here is my review of Gooseberry Island.......

Title:  Gooseberry Island
Author:  Steven Manchester
Publisher:  The Story Plant
Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"Gooseberry Island" by Steven Manchester

Book Description....

"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."

What I liked about this novel....

This was one interesting story that kept my attention till the end reading this in one setting.  The characters were are remarkable...David who was a Army Ranger back from a second tour in Afghanistan looking for someone to love  and Lindsey  who is dealing with her fathers PTSD from the Gulf war and would luck have it these two meet on the beach and their is a immediate connection..  Only having a day or so before David is to ship out will they be able to keep this connection that they same to have for each other while he is gone for a year?  How will war change them especially after what happens to David that will 'over well him and leave him shaken and devastated.'  This was very interesting how this author was able to put this story together to let the reader see some of it all.  Will this be a lasting situation for David and Lindsey after his return?    This is where I say you will have to pick up the good read to see how this will all come out.  I liked  the description of' Gooseberry Island' as this author gives us  the scenes of  nature that is around them in the read giving you the feeling of seeing it all.  I definitely learned quite a bit about our military people.  This author did a wonderful job with this novel showing how war can change a person and how so many of these military people die of suicide and bringing to life the many hardships along with disorders(PTSD) that are suffered by many of our returning military men and women.

I want to thank this author for writing this excellent story that maybe we didn't get the happy ending... but definitely a realistic one along with an inspirational message at the end.  

I received a free advance copy of Gooseberry Island from the author.

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