by Steven Manchester
My rating: 5 stars
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Publisher: The Story Plant
Print Length: 300 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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?
is the most nuanced, dramatic, and romantic novel yet from a writer
whose ability to plumb the depths of human emotion knows few peers.
Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester
When David met Lindsey, he was prepared to go off to war, but not for the beautiful woman who stole his heart hours before he left. Would she be his saving grace through the horrors of war, an angel sent to keep him focused on returning home and giving him a brief reprieve from his living hell through their correspondence and contact? She tells him things he needs to hear, but he cannot tell her things he needs to say. David cannot talk of what is really happening or how bleak his life has become. When he finally make sit home what he has seen and done in a foreign country becomes like a time bomb just waiting to explode, he feels poisoned, not good enough for Lindsey. No matter what his heart tells him, his soul has been crushed, the nightmares are constant, awake or asleep, and he unwillingly cocoons himself in the depths of PTSD.
Lindsey has seen through her own eyes, the after effects of war. Her father was destroyed, never could shake the inner turmoil from battle. Is she strong enough to help David? Will he let her or will he risking making their love another casualty of war?
Steven Manchester’s Gooseberry Island comes alive when Lindsey and David meet and continues to grow page by page as the drama in this powerful love story unfolds. Mr. Manchester has a style that allows his readers to see and feel every scene and every swelling emotion as we follow this tale through dark tunnels, jagged twists and raw mental upheaval. He has managed to bring dark and light together in a bond of love, while touching on a subject that can wrench the very soul from a person. Through it all, there is a strong romantic atmosphere, that is rich and deep, while sometimes teetering on a precipice as one fights to hold on and gain balance and the other fears the heights of a joy they do not believe they deserve. Once again, with a style as unique as his fingerprints, Steven Manchester will steal your heart and soul in exchange for the beauty of his words.
If you have never truly seen the mental and emotional devastation caused by war and survivor's guilt, your eyes will be opened by this dramatic read.
You know that feeling when you just win the lottery for the big bucks? That’s how I felt when Steven Manchester offered me an ARC edition in exchange for my honest review!