Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review of Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester & 'Pay it Forward' Campaign

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Synopsis: "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."

My Review:  I absolutely love Steven Manchester's works, they are always emotional with plenty of ups and downs as well as situations that can be associated with. Gooseberry Island is definitely no different, as it tackles the results of war on our soldiers, something so many have either personally experienced or have witnessed. Once again you find that connection with the characters and you can't help but be pulled along in their journey. The struggles and pain in this book are impossible to ignore, it is the rollercoaster ride of emotions I have come to expect.
My Rating: I have really enjoyed all of Manchester's writing and this was definitely no exception.  This one really hits home for so many people who have not only experienced the battle with PTSD but those who have been close to or witnessed the struggle.  I give this book a rating of Four Paws!
I received Gooseberry Island from the author in exchange for an honest review.
You can find out more about Steven Manchester and his work on his Goodreads Page or Website.
You can also obtain your own copy of Gooseberry Island in print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Check out the below 'Pay it Forward' Campaign as well - $1 for every copy that is sold goes to the Wounded Warrior Project AND for every copy sold one is donated to a returning soldier! Definitely a worthy cause!
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 atAmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksKobo, and IndieBound.

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

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