Gooseberry Island

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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 had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly ...

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Overview

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 had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty?

Gooseberry Island is the most nuanced, dramatic, and romantic novel yet from a writer whose ability to plumb the depths of human emotion knows few peers.

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Editorial Reviews

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“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.”
– Book Bug

"If you struggle with how war affects so many, read Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester."
– Single Titles

“Steven Manchester did a tremendous job at highlighting the emotional impact serving our country has on our soldiers; that sometimes the wounds aren’t physical but emotional.”
– Literarily Illumined

"Gooseberry Island is beautifully written and draws out all your emotions. It makes you cry and there are times you will even smile. Steven Manchester knows how to touch his readers’ hearts."
– Socrates' Book Reviews

“Steven Manchester births another great masterpiece – Gooseberry Island. This book will take you on an emotional journey.”
– Hinovelty

“If you like reads with heart, have a sense of something bigger than yourself, and love stories you can step right into for better or worse, THIS is the book for you.”
– Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

“Gooseberry Island is a book everyone should read, not only because Steven Manchester is one great writer, but because his stories tell a story.”
– My Life. One Story At A Time

“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.”
– Jersey Girl Book Reviews

“Steven Manchester writes deep, thoughtful stories. This was another one of his books worth curling up with this winter.”
– Ope’s Opinions

“It is rare to read a novel that sinks into your soul as much as this one did.”
– Taking It One Page At A Time

“I’ve never met a Steven Manchester book I didn’t like. All I have to say is you’d better have that box of tissues handy.”
– Sunny Island Breezes

“It was such a heart-warming story. I love every character, not just David and Lindsey.”
– Bookingly Yours

“Author Steven Manchester explores the difficult topic of war and its lingering effects in Gooseberry Island. Readers get to experience a full spectrum of emotions in this novel: beauty, love, and hope through the romance between David and Lindsey; as well as fear, anxiety, and despair through David’s struggle with PTSD.”
– San Francisco Book Review

“This is Steven Manchester’s genius, by touching on such sensitive subjects in a relatable way. He makes readers feel as if they’re going through what the characters go through. And he brings to light the importance of providing PTSD sufferers with the support they need through this story and its characters. This book is not just for those who have experienced PTSD, be it directly or indirectly, but also for everyone who enjoys a book of substance that speaks of a true life lesson.”
– The Bookworm

“I highly recommend Gooseberry Island, a moving story from an author who never disappoints.”
– And the Story Unfolds

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611881806
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The
  • Publication date: 1/6/2015
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 957,200
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted March 7, 2015

    Gooseberry Island is the story of a love between Lindsey Wood an

    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, forgiveness and most of all growing.
    I can't say enough about this book. I read it Twice! I cried big Fat ugly tears and laughed, prayed and cheered them on. I had to even take a week to put all my thoughts down as it was so moving a story. Up lifting and heart warming a true look at things some take for granted, a look at what happens when one goes off to war and those left behind, the struggle to keep each other up with the distance and hardships. It also shows some of the things people go through when returning an honest open look and just a few of the things that all go through both those that went to war and those that had to stay home and wait and pray.




    Lindsey Wood is a daughter taking care of her father and making a life for herself after a break-up. Feeling that love is not for her yet hoping. Lindsey's mother left her father and her many years ago because of her father's alcohol problem due to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It has been left to Lindsey to care of him and try to help him. Growing up with a Veteran Lindsey has a healthy respect and Love for those in the military. She is a strong woman who loves with all her heart. She is able to get her father to go the the VA to get help for his PTSD and be there for him through it, knowing when to give him the space he needs and when to kick him in the butt so to speak.




    David McClain Is a an Army Ranger about to leave for his first tour in Afghanistan. A man wishing to find his one true love, and to prove he is worthy to his father (and himself). He finds himself running on the beach and right into Lindsey, literally landing on his butt at her feet thanks to the dog she is walking. There is an instant chemistry between the two. Lindsey gives David her number in the hopes he will call, and call he dose! He invites her to a party, yet dose not tell her it's his going away party. The two sit on a bench at the beach talking all night and just know that there is something between the two of them that they want to continue even though he is leaving that day.




    Between Skype and letters (care packages) the two find they have even more in common and a real and true love blossoms between them. David is seeing and doing things in Afghanistan that change him in ways that make him afraid to let Lindsey in. Will he be able to go to the woman he has fallen in love with and be the man he use to be? This is their story and all the things they both go through to find and be with that one true love...




    I recommend this book to ALL it is an honest look at not only love and how you have to work for it, yet also the great men and women who are in the military. They say that fact is more unreal than fiction.. This book will inspire you and make you understand that quote. This is a beautifully written book and my first introduction to Steven Manchester and he not only hit that ball he hit it out of the park !!!! Well done! Thank you for writing about this and shedding some light on things so very rarely talked about I so look forward to reading more from you




    5 STARS !! 5 STARS!!!

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  • Posted February 26, 2015

    This book was truly amazing and really should be read by all. Th

    This book was truly amazing and really should be read by all. This touching story covers every emotion from laughter and joy to sadness and pain. Covering a mans life throughout his military service and the demons he must face to move on are all too real and often go unnoticed. I feel confident that anyone who takes the time to read this will not be disappointed. I was drawn in from the beginning and could not put this down. The majority was read in one evening. Please take the time to read this and recommend it to friends as this truly is worth it.

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  • Posted February 23, 2015

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    Sensitively wrought and deeply moving David McClain is about t

    Sensitively wrought and deeply moving


    David McClain is about to deploy for a one year tour of duty to Afghanistan when he meets Lindsey Wood. Even though they are strangers, they feel a deep connection and decide to cultivate a long distance relationship. However, when David returns home, there is little resemblance to the man Lindsey fell in love with in her letters. David is suffering from the effects of a horrendous war; effects that have the ability to destroy not only his peace but also his love for Lindsey.

    Sensitively wrought and deeply moving, Gooseberry Island is a poignant story of human adversity being overcome through perseverance and the power of love. Steven Manchester once again demonstrates his mastery for taking a sensitive subject and transforming it with great acumen and humanity into a story that touches the very center of one’s soul. 

    Addressing the debilitating condition of PTSD, this tale raises the reader’s awareness of the crippling effects this horrific affliction has, not only on the sufferer, but also on the people around them. With finely drawn characters and a solid plot that moves seamlessly, it touches on depression, heartbreak, and guilt, while offering the healing balm of recovery and love. 
    It is a story of triumph against a formidable obstacle afflicting numerous people, that is not only uplifting but also heartwarming.

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  • Posted February 16, 2015

    Gooseberry Island is a compelling story of modern love in the mi

    Gooseberry Island is a compelling story of modern love in the midst of a war, and the unique challenges that come along with loving a good person who is coping with PTSD.




    Lindsey and David met on the eve of his deployment as an Army Ranger to the war torn landscape of Afghanistan. They spent an entire night on a beach bench together, talking, watching the stars, dreaming of the future, falling in love. The next day, David was on a transport heading off to war. They keep in touch by Skype and email, luxuries afforded to modern day warriors. However, modern warfare is not all that different from wars gone by. David experiences things that change him at his core. Where there was once optimism, there is now depression; panic has replaced his relaxed, easy going nature. His body may be back stateside, but his mind and emotions are still fighting what seems to be a never-ending battle. Lindsey finds David’s issues all too familiar, having dealt with the PTSD of her own father, himself a war veteran. She is unsure if she wants to willingly take on the challenges that will come along with being in a relationship with David, even though she is sure that he is her soulmate. 




    Steven Manchester has woven an intricate tale describing the horrors of war juxtaposed against the idyllic setting of the small New England town of Gooseberry Island. I became a fan of Steven’s writing with his last book, Pressed Pennies, and with Gooseberry Island, my admiration for his writing has only grown. He is a masterful storyteller with a singular ability to bring people and places to life, regardless of whether the subject is familiar to the reader or completely foreign. This book is yet another triumph for Steven Manchester, who is quickly taking his well-deserved place amongst the best contemporary authors of today. I whole-heartedly recommend this book!




    This review was written based on a copy of Gooseberry Island that I received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted February 9, 2015

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    This book was sent to me via The Story Plant and Steven Manche

    This book was sent to me via The Story Plant and Steven Manchester for a honest and fair review.

    This book has so much going on between it's main characters Lindsey Wood and David McClain. David is about to be deployed to Afghanistan with the Rangers, when he meets Lindsey at this point he's not looking for love after just recently breaking up with a girl he was dating.

    Lindsey meets David through a mutual friend, and spends a wonderful night getting to know him. Lindsey has spent most of her life dealing with her father Denis and his PTSD, her father spends so much time in and out of VA Hospitals. Not having been ale to fight the demons of war.

    David is exposed to so much violence he comes back and broken man, shoving Lindsey away due to what he has experienced in the war.

    I loved this book like all his other's Mr. Manchester hits on something and really drives it home in this situation it's PTSD and VA Hospitals and how it is when soldiers come home and can't always get past what happened to them over there. This book real makes it realistic to things that people not being with a war veteran may not know. While they do a noble deed in wartime they come home and what they know how to do isn't always applicable to normal jobs. How do you get a job when your trained as a sniper most jobs don't call for sniper abilities in the day to day world.

    I loved how Mr. Manchester shares the military stories mixed in this story between Lindsey and David and how Lindsey's father has dealt with so much along with trying to raise his daughter, wanting the best for her and knowing that military life isn't the best but the heart wants what the heart wants. Such incredible storytelling if you haven't read his books yet you are severely missing out!!

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  • Posted February 8, 2015

    War affects everyone differently.  Actions taken during that tim

    War affects everyone differently.  Actions taken during that time are never easily forgotten Watch as one man  and his
    loved ones deals with his in Gooseberry Island.

    The night before David McClain leaves for  Afghanistan, he meets a woman who appeals to him on so many levels.  Inviting her
    to his going away party, David and Lindsey Wool spend the night talking and getting to know each other.  Even though David leaves
    the next day, both want to continue their new found desire through all contacts possible.  But doing the things David did leaves a
    mark and he returns home a changed man, a lost man.  Can Lindsey and love help him find a way?  Or will David join the ranks of
    those many lost veterans?

    If you struggle with how war affects so many, read Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester.  It not only tells David’s story but also
    that of those surrounding him.  PTSD is something that takes a toll not only on the veteran but on family and friends as well.  
    Immerse yourself in the small community of Gooseberry Island and experience all through the pages of Gooseberry Island.

    Above all, Gooseberry Island was an incredible tale of David’s journey home.  One thing was obvious - he needed help to make
    that journey successful.  Steven Manchester did an excellent job of showing the toll the war has taken on our young men and women.  
    The story contrasts home and war experiences and how those experiences are at the opposite end of the spectrum.  It is no wonder
     that upon returning home, David could not relate to anything.  David, though, was a lucky one and learned to accept the help offered.  
    Not all were that lucky.  Steven Manchester chronicles one man’s fight to survive in his marvelous story,
    Gooseberry Island.  Let’s not forget those who are still fighting and in need.

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  • Posted February 5, 2015

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings David is headed

    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 with the current war in Afghanistan.  I liked that Manchester put both characters in this story to show the different side effects of PTSD.  

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  • Posted January 29, 2015

    There is so much going on in the media right now, about the movi

    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 the most, is how David and Lindsey wrote the most beautiful letters to one another through every aspect of their relationship! Having met one another the night before he left for Afghanistan, really left them no option but to begin to know one another through writing. As time goes on, their friendship grows and blossoms into a beautiful love story. But the longer David serves, the more he sees, and the more his heart begins to break.  He honestly doesn't know how to deal with the pain and heartache of all he experienced while in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it only becomes worse when he returns home for good. 




    Lindsey understands all to well the signs and struggles a veteran has when he suffers from PTSD. Her Father has long since returned from war, yet he still battles his demons. She also knows that while she believes David can do things to help himself, and work through the battles he has, she can't do it for him. He is going to have to do this for himself, just as her father does.




    Lindsey and David's relationship goes through many stages! At times I would have LOVED to just shake David, and maybe even smack him upside the head while telling him to "go get some HELP!!" But as with life God has things under HIS control and HIS timing is perfect and right on! Do they make it? You will have to read it to find out! You really don't want to miss this one! Put this one on your MUST READ pile!!




    I just have to say with regards to the "American Sniper" movie and all its controversy, I am amazed that this book came out at the very same time as the story of Chris Kyle! Author Stephen Manchester says in his Epilogue:




    "Although it took me nine months to pen Gooseberry Island,  it's been a novel in the making for better than twenty years." 




    Isn't it just amazing that it took him all those years, and all those months, to get his story down in pen, and that it came out at this precise time??? I think, this too, was Gods perfect timing!




    Thank you Stephen Manchester for allowing me the opportunity to review your book. Thank you for your service, and for fighting for our Freedom! 

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    Posted January 27, 2015

    A guy, a gal and a war. Is it possible to fall in love at first

    A guy, a gal and a war. Is it possible to fall in love at first sight? Why does it have to be the night before shipping out?

    Lindsey lives with her father and his PTSD from his war experiences. Now the man of her dreams is in Afghanistan. I’m wondering if David is going to return to Gooseberry Island with the same problems.

    We both know he is going to come home a changed man, and his relationship with Lindsey is bound be different. The question is, how different. Will David run from her or to her?

    David is killing their love and just might kill himself in the process. Sometimes it’s just easier to die than to live.

    Can Lindsey deal with having two men with PTSD in her life?

    People, you know I’ve never met a Steven Manchester book I didn’t like. All I have to say is you’d better have that box of tissues handy unless you want to drown your Nook in salt water and snot.

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  • Posted January 20, 2015

    Every once in a while a novel comes along that is so powerfully

    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. All he wants is to find the right woman, the girl of his dreams, his soul mate.




    Lindsey Wood knows first hand the horrors of PTSD. Her father Denis is a decorated Operation Desert Storm veteran, who is struggling with nightmares from his tour in Iraq. Lindsey is his caretaker, but his bouts with his inner demons and alcohol abuse often leads to Lindsey being on the receiving end of her father's violent fits. He has struggled so much that he lives in a constant state of emotional catastrophe, and has even committed himself to the local VA Hospital for treatment on numerous occasions, but nothing seems to help him and he doesn't know how much more he can take.




    Lindsey and David meet on the beach the afternoon before he ships out, when Lindsey's dog trips David while running. There is an instant connection between Lindsey and David, and he asks her to go with him to his going away party. They spend the whole night on the beach sitting on a park bench talking until the sunrise. They vow to stay in touch with each other while David is away for the next year, and meet up at the same park bench on the beach when he comes home. But no one can imagine the changes that would occur in their lives, and the traumatic toll it would take from being away from each other for a year. 




    Author Steven Manchester weaves a powerful, compelling, and emotional tale that easily draws the reader into Lindsey and David's story. Told in an alternating third person narrative, the reader follows Lindsey and David as they try to maintain a long-distance relationship while he serves a twelve month tour in Afghanistan. The reader follows Lindsey as she goes about her life at home, as she tries to help her father cope as he struggles with PTSD, while dreaming of a future with David when he comes home from his tour of duty. The reader also follows David as his tour in the Kabul Province of Afghanistan with the Fourth Ranger Battalion will change his life forever, as he too struggles internally with the traumatic combat experiences that he endured. David's internal struggles follow him home from his tour, and it will take a powerful beacon of light to guide him back home.




    Gooseberry Island is a heart wrenching but inspirational story that will pull at your emotional heartstrings. Author Steven Manchester weaves a richly vivid and chilling description of David's tour of duty in Afghanistan, and brings to light the invisible scars that many of our returning service men and women bring with them when they return home. The author provides the reader with a thought provoking tale that raises the awareness of the effects that PTSD can have upon our military. Just because our service men and women come home in one piece, doesn't always mean that the war is over, for many the internal struggles have only just begun, and for some the struggle is too much get past. According to the author's letter to the reader, he calls upon his own personal experience of serving in Operation Desert Storm to weave a story that details the brutal experience of combat service, and the struggle our military veterans encounter when they return home, and the emotional helplessness it causes their loved ones. This is a story that was twenty years in making, one that was written as a wonderful tribute to our nation's military service people and their loved ones. This is a story that will resonate with you for a very long time.








    Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted January 17, 2015

    David and Linsdey meet the day before David is to go to war in A

    David and Linsdey meet the day before David is to go to war in Afghanistan for a year. They feel they are meant for each other and keep in contact with letters and on Skype. This relationship is what kept David focused on his job and determined to return to home her. While he couldn't wait to hear everything about her, he could not tell Lindsey what his life was like in Afghanistan.

    Even though Lindsey's father has PTSD and she knows how hard it is on him and his family, she decides to take a risk on David to help him through the mental turmoil he is trying to live with when he got home. 

    The characters in this novel are well put together and developed in a manner that makes them seem real and believable. I appreciated that since I found the idea of a couple who had just met starting a relationship when they wouldn't see each other for a year hard to accept.

    Steven Manchester did an amazing job of writing about post-traumatic stress disorder letting us know how devastating it is for veterans returning from deployment. This story makes us more aware of how much support veterans need when they get home so that they don't explode or spiral down into depression.

    Manchester is a very illustrative writer who creates an entire world for his audience to get lost in. Every aspect of this novel is fully developed in a manner that you can’t help but picture. 

    I am glad that I received a complementary copy of Gooseberry Island in exchange for my honest review. I have never known anyone with PTSD or realized how mentally draining it was until I read this book.

    I highly recommend Gooseberry Island whether you are familiar with PTSD or not.

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  • Posted January 16, 2015

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    "Gooseberry Island provides an intricate look inside the li

    "Gooseberry Island provides an intricate look inside the life of soldiers and those who love them. Vividly revealing the trauma, pain, and heartache that many endure due to their extraordinary sacrifice to protect our country."

    "David McClain meets Lindsey Wood at his going away party the night before he returns to duty in Afghanistan. It is a chance meeting that captures his heart, when falling in love was not among his to do list before leaving for an assignment that offered no guarantees that he would be returning."

    "When David returns to his Ranger position his experiences shape his decision to pull away from Lindsey. Not wanting to complicate her life with the traumatic nightmare he lives with daily."

    "Lindsey must decide if she is completely committed to their love and willing to go to battle to fight for a future together."
    "Steven Manchester courageously offers his insight, bringing to life the horrific experiences and interesting characters depicted by utilizing his knowledge from his very own experience as a solider who fought in Afghanistan."

    "Gooseberry Island is an emotional read that adequately tackles the results of war and evokes deep thought concerning the lasting affect placed on soldiers and their families. It is an eye-opening read that should be read by all."

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  • Posted January 11, 2015

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    In the perfect story, a man and women fall in love and live happ

    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, his relationship with Lindsey is the only hope he experiences in the nightmarish daily activities where fellow soldiers are kill or are killed or wounded.  Somehow now his sensitivity is enhanced and this tour is grossly different!
    One of David’s buddies was constantly talking about how he needed to get back to his little daughter and wife who meant the world to him, proven by how often he pulled out their picture before and after a successful mission. But one day the work is interrupted and the buddy loses both his legs from an IED (improvised explosive device) and has a shattered body and psyche.  David’s job is to support his men and so he does on this occasion, only the mind and heart are the last to catch up with the easy platitudes offered to the wounded warrior.  
    Eventually David will suffer his own physical trauma, but that is the least of his problems as once he returns to the United States worse follows!  This then is the story Steven Manchester, who actually served in the War in Afghanistan, has always wanted to tell.  For although American citizens have heard the term PTSD frequently, most really don’t have a clue about the horror it is to live with the memories, physical and mental reactions that accompany years of battle. The constant state of alertness required to avoid being killed by a sniper or awaiting IED is not left when one is homeward bound to the good ol’ USA.  Steven would have you read this novel to truly understand what the bang of a muffler or screeching brakes, etc. does to a wounded warrior. It’s a brutal recovery and one in which soldiers like David need constant support and retraining. It’s the test of love to see whether Lindsey will stay away as David commands or find a way to be there for her love in the ongoing nightmare of his life. Gooseberry Island is the perfect idyllic setting for healing to begin!
    Steven Manchester tells David’s story realistically but without any extra drama as his story has enough horror in it for a lifetime.  This is the world being experienced by thousands of American soldiers, as well as the story of those Afghans trying to bring freedom and lack of fear to their daily lives.  Stunning read that needs to be read by Americans, no matter what political beliefs are held regarding whether or not we should have been or are serving in this non-stop war raging since 911. A MUST read!

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  • Posted January 8, 2015

    My Review: Gooseberry Island was sent to me by the author in exc

    My Review: Gooseberry Island was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely love Steven Manchester's works, they are always emotional with plenty of ups and downs as well as situations that can be associated with. Gooseberry Island is definitely no different, as it tackles the results of war on our soldiers, something so many have either personally experienced or have witnessed. Once again you find that connection with the characters and you can't help but be pulled along in their journey. The struggles and pain in this book are impossible to ignore, it is the rollercoaster ride of emotions I have come to expect.



    My Rating: I have really enjoyed all of Manchester's writing and this was definitely no exception. This one really hits home for so many people who have not only experienced the battle with PTSD but those who have been close to or witnessed the struggle. I give this book a rating of Four Paws!

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  • Posted January 6, 2015

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    Title: Gooseberry Island Author: Steven Manchester Publis




    Title: Gooseberry Island

    Author: Steven Manchester

    Publisher: The Story Plant

    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean

    Rating: 5

    Review:


    "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 changes a person, and when he came home very little had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty?

    Gooseberry Island is the most nuanced, dramatic, and romantic novel yet from a writer whose ability to plumb the depths of human emotion knows few peers."


    What I liked about this novel....


    This was one interesting story that kept my attention till the end reading this in one setting. The characters were are remarkable...David who was a Army Ranger back from a second tour in Afghanistan looking for someone to love and Lindsey who is dealing with her fathers PTSD from the Gulf war and would luck have it these two meet on the beach and their is a immediate connection.. Only having a day or so before David is to ship out will they be able to keep this connection that they same to have for each other while he is gone for a year? How will war change them especially after what happens to David that will 'over well him and leave him shaken and devastated.' This was very interesting how this author was able to put this story together to let the reader see some of it all. Will this be a lasting situation for David and Lindsey after his return? This is where I say you will have to pick up the good read to see how this will all come out. I liked the description of' Gooseberry Island' as this author gives us the scenes of nature that is around them in the read giving you the feeling of seeing it all. I definitely learned quite a bit about our military people. This author did a wonderful job with this novel showing how war can change a person and how so many of these military people die of suicide and bringing to life the many hardships along with disorders(PTSD) that are suffered by many of our returning military men and women.


    I want to thank this author for writing this excellent story that maybe we didn't get the happy ending... but definitely a realistic one along with an inspirational message at the end.

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  • Posted January 6, 2015

    I quickly became a Steven Manchester fan after being asked to re

    I quickly became a Steven Manchester fan after being asked to read Twelve Months and not being able to put it down.    With each book of his I get the honor to read I become a bigger and bigger fan of his.   Gooseberry Island just cemented the reason that I will always read his books.




    Gooseberry Island is a story that is told from a man’s point of view, a story about leaving for war, fighting in war, and then coming home and having to handle all that was seen and done while gone to war.   There is nothing easy about these topics.   This is also a story about true love.   The way Lindsey and David meet and their instant connection and how their feelings grow even while they are on different continents shows how strong true love can be. 




    When David returns from war, he is not the same man as he was when he left.  He has PTSD, which Lindsey is too familiar with.   David shows his strength and determination to get back to Lindsey and show her how very important she is to him.   While the journey is not easy, Steven Manchester handles the topic with great compassion and respect.    The story of David’s recovery into civilian life was eye opening and heart tugging.  I just wanted to hug him and tell him that it would all be okay, but knew that he had to want to find his way and deal with the PTSD.   Lindsey also realized this.  She never failed to support him, but she did not enable or make excuses for his actions and behavior.    If anything she gave him more reasons to get a handle on his life.  




    I highly recommend this book.   It is not a soft and fuzzy story, but it is a true life love story that will open your eyes to the world of military life.  

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  • Posted January 6, 2015

    Gooseberry Island brings hope and understanding about the experi

    Gooseberry Island brings hope and understanding about the experiences of soldiers who have served in a war. Steven Manchester demonstrates that seeking help and sharing leads to healing. This romantic story also demonstrates that the love and support of family and friends goes a long way when finding the way back and discovering the chance to love, again.

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  • Posted January 5, 2015

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    Superb, Accomplished, and Thought Provoking!! This was one of th

    Superb, Accomplished, and Thought Provoking!! This was one of those stories that makes the reader look at things from different perspectives and reflect on events in their own lives.

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  • Posted January 5, 2015

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    I stick to my previous assessment of this author's work....pure

    I stick to my previous assessment of this author's work....pure genius.

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  • Posted January 5, 2015

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    An Emotional Mine Field of Love, Guilt, and Healing

    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 become. When he finally make sit home what he has seen and done in a foreign country becomes like a time bomb just waiting to explode, he feels poisoned, not good enough for Lindsey. No matter what his heart tells him, his soul has been crushed, the nightmares are constant, awake or asleep, and he unwillingly cocoons himself in the depths of PTSD.

    Lindsey has seen through her own eyes, the after effects of war. Her father was destroyed, never could shake the inner turmoil from battle. Is she strong enough to help David? Will he let her or will he risking making their love another casualty of war?

    Steven Manchester’s Gooseberry Island comes alive when Lindsey and David meet and continues to grow page by page as the drama in this powerful love story unfolds. Mr. Manchester has a style that allows his readers to see and feel every scene and every swelling emotion as we follow this tale through dark tunnels, jagged twists and raw mental upheaval. He has managed to bring dark and light together in a bond of love, while touching on a subject that can wrench the very soul from a person. Through it all, there is a strong romantic atmosphere, that is rich and deep, while sometimes teetering on a precipice as one fights to hold on and gain balance and the other fears the heights of a joy they do not believe they deserve. Once again, with a style as unique as his fingerprints, Steven Manchester will steal your heart and soul in exchange for the beauty of his words.

    If you have never truly seen the mental and emotional devastation caused by war and survivor's guilt, your eyes will be opened by this dramatic read.

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