Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"Have we traded the American Family for the American Dream?" Review of New Novel Coming Soon!

Pressed Pennies
Yolanda KingImage via Wikipedia

Author Steven Manchester's New Book Asks:

"Have we traded the American Family for the American Dream?"

Yolanda King (See her early comments below)

With the release of his new novel, Pressed Pennies, Massachusetts Author Steven Manchester reveals several issues that have become taboo in American society today; family values, youthful innocence and enduring love.

Compared most to the work of Nicholas Sparks, Pressed Pennies is a tale of connecting love stories, proving that the world really is a small place and that the trick is to cherish it by living each of its moments to the fullest. Amid the heart-warming romances and deceitful twists and turns, Pressed Pennies tackles the trying issues associated with living in a non-traditional family. In an era of divorce and single-parenthood, it is a story about raising children and peacefully co-existing; making it work with mutual respect and consideration. The book’s underlying theme is discovered in the evolution of the 80’s child. Though life begins as wholesome and innocent, technology quickly takes over. Suddenly, two parents must leave the home and go to work. Day care, fast food and a list of coveted luxuries replace long talks in porch swings, tree forts and family suppers -- an expensive price to pay.

Early Reviews:

“Steven Manchester has a gift for expressing through his writing the complicated and transcendent beauty of the human experience with poignant clarity.” – Yolanda King (eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott King) Higher Ground

"Pressed Pennies is priceless! Steven Manchester has an obvious love of words and an amazing ability to use those words to create lasting images in the reader’s mind. His detail-oriented, richly drawn characters and descriptions make this story leap off the pages." - Joyce Handzo, In the Library Reviews

"Pressed Pennies is a tale of love and second chances and affirms that love can come at any stage of life if we are just open. This is a book that is sure to warm your heart."   - Roberta Austin, The Compulsive Reader

Pressed Pennies has been released by Luna Bella Press ( and can be purchased on and in bookstores nationwide.

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