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Pressed Pennies

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  157 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Pressed Pennies is mainstream fiction, written from a male perspective to a female audience. A la Nicolas Sparks and Robert James Waller, it 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, Pre ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 12th 2006 by Sunpiper Media Publishing (first published 2006)
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Review copy kindly provided by author and Goodreads friend, Steven Manchester.

This novel is about two people, Rick and Abby, who have been in love since they were teens. Unfortunately fate has made things difficult for them by separating them and marrying them to different people. After their respective marriages end, they rediscover each other and things look promising, except that Abby's young daughter, Paige, has some serious misgivings about their attraction for each other. As the story unfo
Vannessa Anderson
pressed pennies began reading like the typical boy meets girl in high school. Boy and girl fell in love. Boy’s family moved away. Boy grew into a man and became financially successful. Boy married then divorced—no children. Girl did what girls are raised to do not to think about financial security but to find a man to marry to take care of her and to have babies with him. Girl did exactly that! Girl is not financially stabled when she married, had a child then divorced verbally abusive drunk and ...more
Some stories take you back to a simpler more innocent time and you flash through memories, emotions and events that are filed away somewhere deep in your mind and heart. Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester is one of those stories, the carefree moments of childhood, friends, best friends and those who make you feel a special connection. But what happens when two friends with that special connection are pulled apart by circumstance, distance and the years that pass into the world of adulthood? Ha ...more
Chris Thompson
Jun 30, 2014 Chris Thompson rated it it was ok
It's tough to find the conflict of a story compelling when it can be simply resolved by a grown-up conversation with the obstinate daughter: "Paige, I am dating another man who I love very much, and he is going to be a part of our lives. You're going to have to accept that." One's child should not be allowed to dictate the private life of her mother, and being a loving, caring parent does not mean one should give in to her child's every whim. That's the conflict at the heart of Pressed Pennies, ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Abby (Gerwitz) Soares had childhood sweetheart named Richard Giles that moved away when she was young but never really forgotten him. Abby's life and world is centered around her daughter Paige. Abby's marriage has gone from sweet loving to verbally abusive with constant fights over her husband Patrick's drinking. Abby has finally had enough moves forward with a divorce and new home for herself and Paige. Richard (Rick) Giles is trapped in loveless marriage no matter what he tries to do to fix h ...more
Jul 20, 2014 OOSA rated it really liked it
Be Careful What Wish For. It Could Kill You.

Nineteen-year-old Raevyn Jones has been forced by her father to pick up and leave everything and everyone she holds dear in her home state of Maryland. He somehow manages to land her a spot in a prominent Black Ivy League school in Ohio. B.W. Fitz only accepts legacy students, and this is puzzling to Raevyn since she wouldn’t grasp anything about a legacy if someone picked her up and dumped her into one. Wait. That’s exactly what happens.

Coming from ne
Dani Moore
Apr 01, 2014 Dani Moore rated it it was amazing
Abby and Paige were leaving behind everything Paige had ever known. "Just the two of us" Abby had promised. Patrick had been drunk more often than not, and angry, and abusive. Paige deserved more, better, so Abby and Paige left. They moved to a small, old fashioned neighborhood.
Rick was a VP for a leading investment company. His wife Rose was an executive too. But something was missing. It all felt so empty. They had everything they could want, it just seemed like they didn't want each other any
Janna Shay
Jul 06, 2014 Janna Shay rated it it was amazing
A must read that touches the heartstrings

Abby Soares and Rick Giles, childhood best friends turned teenage sweethearts, were torn apart when Rick’s family moved away. Years later, fate steps in and gives them a second chance. Older and wiser with both of them experiencing failed marriages, they find that their feelings for each other have never fizzled away. However, Abby’s daughter, Paige, is not happy with her mother’s budding romance and doesn’t want Rick included in their family.

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May 14, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it
Abby Soares and her daughter, Paige are so cute together. Paige has a bubbly personality. I was sad for Paige that her father did not want to be a part of her life. However on the other hand, her father was not good enough for Paige and I was glad to see him out of the picture. Even with a divorce under her belt, Abby had a good personality as well.

Rick for being rich was a down to earth type of guy. Thus it made me warm up to him very quickly. He and Abby were good together. I wished however t
Mar 31, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I seem to ask myself the same questions whenever I start to read the latest Steven Manchester book... can he do it again?... can he make me feel the emotions of his characters?.... will I relate to the cast?....will I imagine the settings from his descriptions?... will this read stay with me? ...will this book be at the level of the bar that HE, himself set with his first book, Twelve Months?...what about his other books..Goodnight, Brian and The Rockin' Chair? OK..let's see so those questions c ...more
Diane Moyle
Mar 27, 2014 Diane Moyle rated it it was amazing
Once again Steven Manchester has created a beautiful, well written story about real life situations. He tells a believable tale of sad endings and new beginnings and the joys and sorrows that each bring. The plot is realistic and exciting. It compels you to keep reading to find out what happens. I did not want to put it down.

I highly recommend this wonderful story. As with all his books, this story could be read and enjoyed by all ages. Each will take something different and meaningful away from
Sandra Stiles
Jun 15, 2015 Sandra Stiles rated it really liked it
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

The main characters of this story are Abby and Rick and Abby's daughter Paige. At one time Abby and Rick were real close. When Rick moved things changed. Each of them married and then divorced. Abby was married to an abusive alcoholic. Rick was married to a woman who was very distant. His marriage was going no where. The other characters in the story are childhood friends that they have all reconnected with. This
Angie Mangino
Jan 17, 2015 Angie Mangino rated it it was amazing

Pressed Pennies
By Steven Manchester
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars

From the first two pages of Pressed Pennies, Manchester hooks readers by introducing them to Abby Soares and her 8 year old daughter, Paige, on moving day from their home.

“The bitter breakup with Paige’s father, Patrick, along with the weasel’s abandonment of their daughter left her no choice. For nine trying months, she did everything she could to keep the house, but it had become too much. It’s a small price to pay
Jul 16, 2014 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book so many people can relate to. A divorced mom trying to start over, and a daughter having to adjust not only to a new school and friends, but also to the absence of her father.

This is a very touching story about the best and worst of relationships. It’s about the sorrow of growing apart and out of love with someone you thought you’d be spending your life with. And it’s about second chances and being happy again.

The writing is excellent. It flows smoothly and will hold your attentio
Melissa Corliss
Jun 29, 2014 Melissa Corliss rated it really liked it
PRESSED PENNIES is, at heart, a book about second chances. With melodic prose and sharp imagery, Steven Manchester unfolds the story of Rick and Abby, childhood sweethearts who reunite after each has left their first marriage—he to a cold, loveless woman, and she to an alcoholic who cannot curb his addiction. The rekindled love Rick and Abby share is tentative and sweet—and who doesn't harbor in their heart a special love from the past?

As a native New Englander—Massachusetts Southcoast born and
Paula Ratcliffe
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Can two people connected through their past, struggling in their present, come together to complete each other?

Rick and Abby has a shared past but circumstances had torn them apart. Now years later, their experiences since then have changed them both. Going through divorce is a difficult thing and as these two get reacquainted, their relationship is different this time round. On one hand Abby’s spirit is completely broken. On the other hand Rick has no e
Jun 11, 2014 Literary rated it really liked it
Mandy's Review:

Once I write a rave review for an author, I feel obligated to keep it going with subsequent books. However, while I enjoyed this book I can't bring myself to rave about it as I did about Manchester's past works.

PRESSED PENNIES is a sweet story about two people who thought they lost love only to be brought back together again. The years changed both Rick and Abby, as is expected, and they're trying to figure out if what they felt as children was real. Do they base a relationship on
Jun 08, 2014 Patricia rated it really liked it
Pressed Pennies is the story of rekinded love and second chances. It touched my heart and stayed awhile. Steven Manchester is a wonderful story teller and writes effortlessly with fath, love and hope.

Abby and Rick, childhood sweethearts in their teens were seperated when Rick and his father were forced to sell their home and move. At first they stayed in touch but in time the relationship faded, then ended. Rick was very successful in business, wealthy and had everything. Everything, that is, ex
M.M. Hudson
May 21, 2014 M.M. Hudson rated it liked it
My review:
I have read all of Steven Manchester's novels and usually find them to be fantastic. He usually manages to get me immersed in the lives of the characters and I want to know them personally.
This time, not so much.

As much as it was sentimental for the characters Rick and Abby to find each other again, I found myself wanting to slap both of these characters upside the head and not wanting to know them at all. Frankly, both made me ill with the sappiness of their "love" story. Honest
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
4.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: Yes.

Steven Manchester has the ability to take an ordinary story that readers can relate to and sprinkle it with extraordinary wisdom that readers can learn from. That’s what he does in Pressed Pennies.

It would be easy to call this a love story, but I think it’s more appropriate to call it a hope story. Two characters struggle to find love after suffering through bad marriages and unpleasant divorces.

They wrestle with blending families, understanding that it’s not
Viviane Crystal
May 15, 2014 Viviane Crystal rated it it was amazing
One morning Rick wakes up and realizes just how miserable he really is. He’s got everything but nothing, good job, plenty of money, the best home and summer home, and a wife who doesn’t have the time of day for him. Her only comment when he tries to discuss their growing separation is to tell him to quit moaning and grow up, facing the reality that hard work is the foundation of their grand lifestyle. That just about finishes it for Rick who decides to divorce his wife; but that even reinforces ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
For as long as I live and breathe, I will never grow old of sappy, happily ever after endings. I've been so blessed the last few years to have discovered a true diamond in the rough and his books will leave a lasting impression long after you finish the final page of each of his novels. That is Steven Manchester and in his latest novel, Pressed Pennies, if you're a romantic at heart or even if you're not, you will leave this one with a heart full of warmth and love inside.

Abby Soares and Richar
May 14, 2014 Fran rated it it was amazing

Pressed Pennies: Steven Manchester

Creating a world that is safe for a child to live in is quite a feat. The turmoil faced when a parent refuses to take responsibility, hides beside his own weaknesses and flaws can have devastating effects on a young child. Children view the world in their own way and when parents fight in front of them that view often becomes jaded or clouded. Some pretend nothing is wrong while others place blame on one or both parents. Paige and Abby, mother and daughter are f
Donna McBroom-Theriot
May 13, 2014 Donna McBroom-Theriot rated it it was amazing
I have been fortunate to read and review other books by Steven Manchester and I have to say that I’ve never been disappointed. His writing is absolutely exquisite and heart warming. His books are full of emotion and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. There’s a lesson about life in every book, and PRESSED PENNIES is no exception.

In Pressed Pennies, the question is asked, ‘Have we traded the American Family for the American Dream?’ In answering, Steven Manchester puts his finger
Charlotte Lynn
May 01, 2014 Charlotte Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh My Gosh! With every book Steven Manchester writes I become a bigger and bigger fan of his. He always manages to touch my soul and make me get pulled totally into every story he shares. Pressed Pennies is no exception.

Abby starts out as a character that I felt sorry for, having to live with a mean alcoholic husband and fighting constantly while their daughter hears it all is such a hardship for her. Quickly she shows her strength by leaving him and making a safe and healthy home for Paige. Wh
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Pressed Pennies

By Steven Manchester

Steven Manchester is the Norman Rockwell of Literature!

In what is becoming his signature style Steven Manchester fuses raw emotion with nostalgia to meticulously craft another endearing story. With Pressed Pennies, he follows Rick and Abby, two childhood sweet-hearts just blossoming in their teenage love. They were forced apart by unfortunate circumstances. Years later after traumatic love lives, they once again bump into each other. Whether by grand design or
Andrea Murray
Apr 10, 2014 Andrea Murray rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Nostalgic versus exciting. Can a novel be both? By its very definition, nostalgia involves a feeling related to the past. Because an event happened in the past, does that mean it has lost its pizzazz, the spark that made the thing worth retelling in the first place? Of course not! That’s ridiculous, and yet with this novel, I felt I had to choose between excitement and nostalgia. It was very flat for me and lacked any real conflict
May 22, 2014 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Abby’s husband is a verbally abusive drunk who makes life miserable for her and her daughter Paige. Eventually Abby quits trying to fight it. After the divorce she and Paige move a couple towns away.

In the mean time, Rick is seeing his “perfect” life as a meaningless burden, and moves on from the marriage that leaves him empty.

by chance, these two childhood friends run into each other. Their renewed friendship blossoms into something more romantic. Well, as romantic as it can be with an eight ye
Apr 06, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I have loved all of Steven Manchester’s previous book so I was excited to receive a copy of his “Pressed Pennies”. This is a romance but to me the heart of the book is relationship between mother and daughter. And that the daughter sees the new man in her mother’s life as an intruder. This has to be a common problem with families today and I am very glad that Mr. Manchester addresses it.

For me the story got off to a slow start at the beginning but quickly picks up and I stayed up until two in th
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Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers, Twelve Months and The Rockin' Chair. He is also the author of the award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian, as well as the critically-acclaimed novel, Pressed Pennies, A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novella), Just in Time (novella), The Thursday Night Club (novella, released November 2014) and Gooseberry Island (novel, releas ...more
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