The Rockin’ Chair

June 18th, 2013. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

The Rockin’ Chair


By Steven Manchester

Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.

Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy – Grandpa John – calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.

A rich portrait of a family at a crossroad, THE ROCKIN’ CHAIR is Steven Manchester’s most heartfelt and emotionally engaging novel to date. If family matters to you, it is a story you must read.


Memories – some good, some not so good. Some start with a rocking chair.

Memories can warm us or torment us. They can help you find your soul or rip you apart.

This story has grandparents, parents and three grown children – all with memories and regrets.

The impending death of the grandmother draws the children home. Believe me, you are so going to need tissues when you read this book. I had more than a few tears.

I really like this line from the book. “In the end, all we have is our memories…good or bad…and your attitudes decid3e which.

That sums up this book. Read it to see how this family gets through their memories.

BTW Keep that box of tissues handy. Looks like you’ll need more than one or two.

If you like this book, you need to read Goodnight, Brian. Mr. Manchester has a way of bringing a family into your life and grabbing hold of your heart.

***A special thank you to Steven Manchester for providing a review copy.***

smanchesterheadShot-150x150 (2)  Steven Manchester is the author of The Rockin’ Chair (to be released June 18th), as well as the #1 best seller, Twelve Months (2013 San Francisco Book Festival award winner). He is also the author of A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive) and Goodnight, Brian. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or his four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit:

2 Responses to The Rockin’ Chair

  1. Steven Manchester

    Many thanks for sharing THE ROCKIN’ CHAIR with your readers!

  2. Nancy

    It’s always my pleasure to share your books.

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