Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Changing Season by Steven Manchester

The Changing Season
by Steven Manchester

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Fiction Studio Books
Publication Date: February 22, 2016
ISBN: 9781611882261 (Hard cover)
Genre: Coming of Age
Print Length: 349 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 
This was supposed to be a simple summer for Billy; one more lazy expanse of time before college began. He'd fill the hours playing with Jimmy – his canine best buddy – going camping and doing all the things he promised Jimmy they'd do before Billy left.

But that was before the accident that shook the entire town.

It was before the summer job that turned into something so much more than a way to get a paycheck.

And it was before Vicki.

This summer was destined to be many things to Billy, things he didn't truly understand until now. But it was definitely not going to be simple.

An enormously touching, richly textured, deeply moving novel of new adulthood, THE CHANGING SEASON is an experience to savor.

 
The Changing Season by Steven Manchester

The Changing SeasonBeing caught between adulthood and being a kid is one of the hardest things about being a teen. Graduation is more than a hallmark of growing up, it is a time of confusion, feeling a little lost and yet the excitement of the future is still there. What better time to have one last great summer with your best friend? That is exactly how Billy thought and he planned his summer before college with his best buddy, his dog, Jimmy. That isn’t how things turned out. Life happened, life-changing events happened and Billy will discover that coming of age can be as natural as it can be painfully difficult.

Billy didn’t know what he wanted to be “when he grew up,” but a horrific tragedy begins to peel away Billy’s cocoon of childhood and the way he looks at those around him. His one constant was Jimmy, his aging dog, who was loyal, loving and gave everything unconditionally, he shared everything with his best friend. A need for money for college led Billy to a job at an animal shelter, the very one he met Jimmy at, kind of like coming full circle and seeing things from another perspective. Could this be his calling in life?

Then there was his first love, another hallmark in a summer filled with them. Through it all, the importance Jimmy played in his life is heart-warming, the interaction and love between them is one of the most moving aspects of Steven Manchester’s tale, The Changing Season. Mr. Manchester writes straight from his heart to those he writes for. For many, it is re-living the reality of growing up, for others it will be a reassurance that their own confusion is not unique to them. Follow this emotional summer and feel the passion of a writer who knows how to connect on every level. If you are an animal lover, you will completely understand Jimmy and Billy as their lives are at different ends of their timelines, if you have never owned a pet, you may find yourself stalking a shelter. If you are human, The Changing Season will burrow deep into your soul as you recall the changing seasons of your own life.

I received an ARC edition from The Story Plant and Steven Manchester in exchange for my honest review.


  

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