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Gooseberry Island

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  93 reviews
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 h ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Story Plant, The (first published December 25th 2014)
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Review copy kindly provided by author and GR friend Steven Manchester.

This novel is a hard-hitting portrayal of the effects of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on a loyal American soldier, David, who had been deployed to Afghanistan for a year. He arrives there convinced of the rightness of American intervention, but ends up struggling with the repercussions of his experience when he is confronted by events which he can do little or nothing to alleviate. It also discusses the effectiveness
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 becom ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've not heard of this author before and I feel as if I had my head stuck in the sand. This book totally engulfed me. I started it on a long car journey and apart from stopping to eat I could not put it down until Id finished.

David's an army ranger. The day before he goes to war in Afghanistan he meets Lindsey on the beach. They both have been looking for their soul mate. Through David's eyes we read of the emotional turmoil David goes through while in Afghanistan and when he comes home. We read
Oct 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Expected publication: January 6th 2015 by The Story Plant

★★★ emotional stars...!

I was really happy to get an ARC for this one as I have a weak heart soldier stories. I’ve never read a book from Steven Manchester before and I was eager to start this one. Although I had some issues with the story, it didn’t disappoint me!

The story is about David and Lindsey. David is about to be send off to Afghanistan when he meets Lindsey. They connect
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while a novel comes along that is so powerfully compelling and thought provoking that it will pull at the heartstrings and stir the soul, for me, that novel is author Steven Manchester's Gooseberry Island.

David McClain is an Army Ranger, who is deploying for his first twelve month combat tour of duty in Afghanistan. Before he leaves his home on Gooseberry Island, he hoped that he might meet a special someone who he could write to and look forward to coming home to while on tour.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my third Steven Manchester emotional experience and I must say that if you love emotion and values and intense situations, you must pick up a book from Mr Manchester. Each book has been extremely different and Gooseberry Island had distressing in scenes and something that everybody should read in order to learn more about how our soldiers hurt not just in the field of battle, but the suffering that continues on their return to us. My father is a veteran and Gooseberry Island gave me an u ...more
Read, Run, Ramble
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, netgalley, romance
My review (as published at Read, Run, Ramble):

Thank you The Story Plant via Netgalley for providing me with an early copy of this book!

David is an Army Ranger. Lindsey grew up with a military father and is now helping her father deal with his PTSD. The two meet at what some might call the worst possible time – the night before David leaves for Afghanistan. Yet the two of them decide that beginning the relationship is doable despite the timing. Through letters, Skype, and email they get to know
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s the night before he is scheduled to go to war when David McClain meets a beautiful woman named Lindsey Wood. At his going away party, they spend the whole evening together, alone, getting to know each other. Their attraction clicked immediately and, even though he was leaving the country the next day, they vowed to continue their relationship.

David and Lindsey keep close contact through letters, e-mail and they are even able to Skype with each other. Their love continues to grow stronger wi
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-book

I’ve said it before – Steven Manchester has a very definite style of his own. His books all display beautiful descriptive writing, poignancy, and include an inspirational message, and this one will simply warm your heart.

Gooseberry Island is the story of a love between Lindsey Wood and David McClain. It is a love that will make you smile and feel good for a short time, but eventually turns to sadness and heartache. It is a deeply moving story that has themes of love, joy, tears, and forgiveness
Diane Moyle
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have read most of Steven Manchester’s novels and all have been wonderful. This is no exception and in my opinion, is his best. In this story, he puts a face on post traumatic stress disorder and what our troops returning from the Middle East endure.

David is preparing to deploy to Afghanistan for a year. On his last night stateside, he meets Lindsey and they have an immediate connection. They stay in touch and their bond continues to grow and flower. Then, David loses one of the men on his rang
Victoria Brinius
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There are only a few authors that I stop what I am reading and read immediately. That means a lot coming from me, because I read more than one book at a time. With that being said, Stephen King is one and so is this author Steven Manchester. I have read three of his other books and am EAGERLY awaiting until I get my hands on the rest. There are so many things about this book that I do not know where to start. The plot is heart felt and relates to a lot of people. Who doesn't have a loved one ove ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

David is headed off on a year long tour to Afghanistan and has yet to meet "the one." Right before his going away party, Lindsey Wood stumbles into his life and a year long correspondence begins.

To start a relationship with a year long correspondence is the ultimate love story! Minus my issue below, this book felt real and I appreciated Steven Manchester's focus on PTSD and especially the interesting look at Lindsey's dad from Vietnam war and David
M.M. Hudson
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review of: Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester Check out my review of this excellent novel by Steven Manchester. I have read all of his books and they are so good!
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Had no idea it was going to be about PSTD, but it sure opened my eyes on the subject.
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gooseberry Island: Steven Manchester

Before you can see the light you must erase the darkness that covers you. Coming out of the darkness and into the light requires seeing past your demons, striking out at your fears and leaving them outside the perimeter of your mind and body. But, when the dangers of war, the stench from the death of others, the jungle and the terrors you faced while serving your country are ever present within the recesses of your mind and soul, how do you cope with reality,
Sunnie Campos
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Being a veteran this hits close to home, probably closer than I like. I come from a family of military people and have two sons and some nephews and a father in law all dealing with PTSD. It is not one of my favorite books by this author but it is still worth the read. It is after all about life and coping with life and learning to forgive.
Advicesbooks Reviews
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
If you have never read any of Steven Manchester's novels, you really need to pick them up. For fans of romance or simply wanting something that honestly puts you in the driver's seat when it comes to your novels, Steven's novels do just that and more. I am honored to review his latest novel Gooseberry Island and literally read it in one sitting. Not too fast to finish it before I wanted, because once I finish, it will be quite some time before another one comes out. Great novels are like that. Y ...more
Tamera McIntosh
May 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! I just finished this book and WOW just WOW!! Going to sit down and write my review will be up in a day two!!
Ok so yes it took me a bit longer to get my thoughts together and write this review I really wanted to give this book the praise it deserves.

Gooseberry Island is the story of a love between Lindsey Wood and David McClain. This is a love that will make you smile, yet also make you cry. It's a deeply moving story that has love, hate for things you have no control over, joy, tears, for
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
David McClain is shipping out in three days for his tour of duty to Afghanistan. He can't see to find right woman to spend his time with. With some timely advice from Captain Eli meets Lindsey Wood on the beach. Lindsey Wood isn't looking for relationship but pen pal is right up her alley. Lindsey's home life with her dad Denis Wood isn't a barrel of laughs but dealing with her dad's PTSD as vet of Operation Desert Storm. As David and Lindsey get to know each other it's clear~they're couple matc ...more
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Gooseberry Island A novel by Steven Manchester

Is the blossoming love of soldier David McClain and Lindsey Wood able to withstand the separation of war and the emotional distance that comes between them? In this romantic and troubling story the reader will follow David the day before he ships off to Afghanistan. He meets Lindsey and they have an immediate connection. They continue to grow their long distance relationship via email, Skype and care packages. Then the toils of war change Army Ranger
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-read
Most avid readers have a significant lengthy list entitled "must read authors" and this author has been in my Top Ten after reading 4 of his books. However, after reading GOOSEBERRY ISLAND, he is now in my Top Five!!

Steven Manchester writes about what he knows best, life. And in each book, he tackles a topic that most of us will face, have faced or know someone close to us has experienced during our existence on earth. And he has done it again!! In GOOSEBERRY ISLAND he introduces us to David McC
Viviane Crystal
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the perfect story, a man and women fall in love and live happily ever after! But life, in reality, throws its curve ball into every mix and couples need to surmount one or more challenges, to say the least. David McClain and Lindsey meet on the night before David returns to his Ranger duties in the terribly threatening land of Afghanistan. Previously, David has survived warfare as he’s very, very good at what he does. David’s psyche, however, has changed since he fell in love. In some ways, h ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is so much going on in the media right now, about the movie, "American Sniper" starring Bradley Cooper. Cooper portrays Chris Kyle, and tells the story of Chris' service as a Navy Seal, and the struggles he has when returning home and suffering from PTSD.

Gooseberry Island isn't just a beautiful love story. It is a story about David McClain, his service in the Iraqi war, and the difficulty he has when returning home suffering from PTSD.

I love many things about this book, but what I loved
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: Gooseberry Island
Author: Steven Manchester
Publisher: The Story Plant
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"Gooseberry Island" by Steven Manchester

Book Description....

"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 ch
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
David McClain and Lindsey Wood almost didn’t meet each other before he had to leave for Afghanistan but they did and he invited her to his going away party. They spent some wonderful times together talking endless and wanting to know everything they could about each other. Lindsey was dealing with her dad, an alcoholic who was mean when he was drunk. She finally persuaded him to sign himself in for treated for PTSD from his war experiences.

David’s experience is monotony punctuated by bursts of d
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This book was an ARC gifted by the author for my honest review.

Steven Manchester has done it again. This was the second book I read from him and it touched me more than I ever thought it could. He has a way of painting a picture so vivid, you feel like you are right there with the characters. I had such emotions while reading this book, it sometimes was hard at how quickly time skipped by. I wanted to know more about David's recovery, how he learned about himself through his treatments and just
Christine Staszko
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Books involving the military, especially in the romance section tend to really move me, so I was excited when I saw that Manchester's new book centered around this theme. The sections of the book where David is at war in Afghanistan, his struggles with  PTSD, and Lindsey's father's struggle with his own PTSD were action packed and thrilling. This was where I found the book the most interesting and real. Unfortunately, the book really slowed down once the focus shifted from the military aspects o ...more
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Gooseberry Island is a romance novel that tells a story of soul mates that finally find each other.
David and Lindsey meet at the worst time since David flies out to Afghanistan the next day, but that doesn’t stop them from having one of the best first dates.

The perspectives would jump from David’s time in Afghanistan to Lindsey’s time back at Gooseberry Island. The love that these two have was real, sincere, and romantic – really romantic. David and Lindsey kept in contact while he was overseas
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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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“Dr. Weiss stood. "There are two things you need to know right off the bat: The first is that it takes great courage to admit fear or that you need hep. Just by being here, you've proven that you have the courage. And the second id that we never get what we wish for - ever." He shrugged. "We get what we work for." He looked into David's eyes. "Are you prepared to put in the work, David McClain?” 0 likes
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