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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
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Published July 12th 2006 by Sunpiper Media Publishing (first published 2006)
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Richard
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 th
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Chris Thompson
Jun 30, 2014 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
Dianne
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? Has fate ...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
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 had to ...more
Cheryl
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
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
OOSA
Jul 19, 2014 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.
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Janna Shay
Jul 06, 2014 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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Dani Moore
Apr 01, 2014 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 oth
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Cheryl
May 14, 2014 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
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Diane Moyle
Mar 24, 2014 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 meaningf
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Fran
May 14, 2014 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 da
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Matthew Holman
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pressed Pennies is a story about two individuals, Rick and Abby, who were once in a relationship together reconnect after many years and try to pick up where things left off. Except this time Abby's daughter, Paige, completely disapproves of the relationship.

It's a very simple and relaxed read. It's in the same vein as Manchester's other novels. The main genres I read are mostly horror and the paranormal, but I like to read a book by Manchester in between for a breath of fresh air an
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Sunnie Campos
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great love story as loves tories go. I am not sure that I believe in the fairy tale, but some do. Faith plays a major part in who we re as humans. Faith in ourselves and in others and in God. Faith in the power of love to overcome obstacles, even a 10 yr old girl.
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
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Kathleen
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his latest novel, Pressed Pennies, author Steven Manchester weaves a captivating romantic tale of broken hearts, family dynamics, love rekindled and second chances.

Abby (Gerwitz) Soares and Rick Giles were childhood sweethearts until Rick's family moved away, eventually losing touch with each other.

Now in their early thirties, Abby and Rick have both suffered through horrible marriages ending in divorce. While at a mutual friend's neighborhood party, Abby and Rick are
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Teena in Toronto
Rick and Abby are both recently divorced. Rick's ex-wife, Rose, was cold and power-driven and he finally has had enough. Abby's ex-husband, Patrick, is an alcoholic and verbally abusive. She leaves with their nine-year-old daughter, Paige, to start a new life together.

Rick and Abby were school sweethearts and eventually lost touch when Rick's family moved away. They meet up again about 20 years later and the spark is still there ... the obstacle, though, is Paige who makes it clear t
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M.M. Hudson
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
My review:
Cons:
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 "l
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M.M. Hudson
My review:
Cons:
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 "l
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Shelly
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I have read all of Steven's books now and this is definitely my favorite of all of them. This is a romance, but like all of Steven's other work there is something deeper there than just what is on the surface. Abby and her daughter Paige are moving to a new town to "start over". Abby has made Paige a priority and is always stressing to her that it's just the two of them and in a way Abby is making what is about to happen even harder on both of them.

Abby is recently divorced f
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 Gigi Ann
Mar 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My Thoughts...

This is the third book I've read by this author, Steven Manchester, and I enjoyed this book more than the other two. This book was a fast moving story that kept me up into the wee small hours of the morning. For me it was a very thought provoking book...I enjoy that when an author can make me think about what I am reading, and the story stays with you long after you are finished reading it.

Thought provoking part...were parts of the story that I found a bit unrealistic.
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Carol
Apr 03, 2014 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 unt
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Angie
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Review: "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, Pressed Pennies tackles the trying issues associated with living in a non-traditional family. In an era of divorce and sing ...more
Ashley
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last summer (2013) Closed the Cover was fortunate enough to have received an advance reader’s copy of The Rockin’ Chair by Steven Manchester and immediately fell in love with his writing style. CTC reviewer Caitlin even went so far as to say, “I had it completely read in one day and savored each and every moment of this intricate story.” Manchester is seemingly able to catch lightning in a bottle twice as Pressed Pennies captured our hearts in the exact same way. Manchester’s style plays upon th ...more
Charlotte Lynn
May 01, 2014 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
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Yvonne
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abby Soares has her hands full. She’s divorced and, due to her lack of finances, forced to move to a new home with her eight-year-old daughter, Paige. Her alcoholic ex-husband is absolutely no help and, in fact, a hindrance as far as their daughter goes. He frequently stands her up, leaving her in tears.

When Abby reconnects with her childhood sweetheart, Rick Giles, she feels like she’s been reborn and has another chance at happiness. Abby and Rick quickly rekindle their relationship
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Patricia (Pat)
Jun 07, 2014 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,
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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 in
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Melissa Corliss  DeLorenzo
Jun 29, 2014 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 Southcoa
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Julie Barrett
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pressed Pennies by Steven Manchester
I was so hoping when I saw this new title that I'd get a copy to read and review. Without even knowing what the book is about I love the author's other works and knew I'd love this one also.
What really fascinates me is bringing me back to my childhood days and reliving them as they go to a local amusement park-one I've been to often myself in the 60's.
Story starts out with Abby and she's moved back to her hometown after a failed divorce, with her
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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