Author: Steven Manchester
First Published: 2014
Page Count: 349
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
A touching story of the power of true love and how it can over overcome even the most difficult of obstacles.
*Love story full of heart
*Annoying daughter of the main character
“I carried our dreams in my wallet and never even know it.” Abby Soares has just escaped a loveless, abusive marriage and is trying to focus on creating a stable, happy life for her daughter, Paige. However, fate has brought her childhood best friend and crush, Richard Giles, back into her life. Their love is explosive and the thing of fairy tales, but Paige’s jealousy and fear of losing her special bond with her mother is pushing their relationship apart. Will their love survive or will they be forced to separate again?
While this love story is no Romeo and Juliet or even Noah and Allie, the love story in this novel is very touching and the chemistry feels real, which I’ve noticed is becoming hard to find in most books these days. Though the events that push them together and the timing is almost too perfect (Abby’s ex is an alcoholic and Rick is divorcing a materialistic career woman), it works. The pace is great and it gracefully eases the reader into their love which is what makes it believable. Their love can be slightly over the top at times (cheesy emails and all), but it’s cute and you can’t help but route for them.
The one annoyance in the book is Paige, Abby’s daughter. She is incredibly rude and her seemingly never-ending loathing of Richard and his relationship with her mom is tiring. Now, Paige and her attitude do drive the book and add necessary drama, which definitely kept me reading. But my gosh, she bugged me sometimes! I couldn’t imagine anyone continuing their tirade as long as she did against Richard, especially after all he does for them. But then again, I’m not a divorced mother trying to date so maybe it really does get this bad. Paige is totally necessary to the story, but she can be a bit much and you will probably wonder why it takes Abby so long to give her a proper talking to.
If you’re looking for a sweet love story, Pressed Pennies can fill that need. There is no major negative to the book and it’s a fast read so there really is no reason to skip it if you’re on the fence. And if you need any more persuasion, check out my other reviews of Manchester’s books. He’s a talented author who writes touching books.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.