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Synopsis: "Blessed with a high emotional IQ, Phinn Reed enters the world with the promise of finding his soul mate. With heaven’s memories erased, his romantic quest teaches him that the heart often sees clearer than the eyes—and that not everyone has ordered the same items from The Menu. Evidence that love stories come in many different forms, The Menu is a spiritual journey involving more than just a man and a woman; it is a modern-day tale that reaches far beyond the boundaries of reason."
My Review: Steven Manchester always manages to hit me in the feelings, and this book was no different. I wasn't sure if I was going to get as involved with the characters, but Phinn really grew on me along with all of the other characters he comes in contact with in his life. I really enjoyed the more faith driven, as opposed to religion driven, theme of this story. The way he wrote The Menu, it renews your own belief that there is a purpose for you to be here. Definitely the boost and the glimmer of hope I needed during these times. Of course in classic style, there are some truly beautiful moments in the story but also so emotionally painful moments, as always Manchester's books should come with a complimentary pack of tissues! Even with the emotional roller coaster you are sent on, full of bittersweet moments, while following Phinn's journey, you are left with a beautiful sense of peace.
My Rating: This was a short and easy to read book, but it packs some powerful emotional punches. I love the way faith is brought in but it doesn't read like an agenda. Even though it makes a lot of references to God and spiritual well being, it is still open to your own interpretation. I give this one a rating of Four Paws and a Stump Wag!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. The above is my honest review and opinion.
You can find out more about Steven Manchester and his books (I highly recommend any of them - I have read almost all of his work) on his Goodreads Page or Website.
The Menu was recently released and you can now obtain your own copy in print and digital format from Amazon. You can also request it at your local library or bookstore.