Rockin' Chair

Rockin' Chair

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by Steven Manchester
     
 

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Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that

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Memories are the ultimate contradiction. They can warm us on our coldest days – or they can freeze a loved one out of our lives forever. The McCarthy family has a trove of warm memories. Of innocent first kisses. Of sumptuous family meals. Of wondrous lessons learned at the foot of a rocking chair. But they also have had their share of icy ones. Of words that can never be unsaid. Of choices that can never be unmade. Of actions that can never be undone.Following the death of his beloved wife, John McCarthy – Grandpa John – calls his family back home. It is time for them to face the memories they have made, both warm and cold. Only then can they move beyond them and into the future.A rich portrait of a family at a crossroad, THE ROCKIN' CHAIR is Steven Manchester’s most heartfelt and emotionally engaging novel to date. If family matters to you, it is a story you must read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611880670
Publisher:
Story Plant
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
651,267
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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The Rockin' Chair 4.1 out of 5 based on 3 ratings. 430 reviews.
eheinlen More than 1 year ago
Well-written and poignant. This story delves into the reality of what family is, what is hidden and what is said. Fans of genealogy might enjoy this book. Readers will find this book both uplifting and incredibly sorrowful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is like coming home when you no longer have hope, or anywhere else to go and are met at the door with open arms and love. It is not a happy book, but it heals your soul and makes you grateful to be alive and have what you have. 289 pages. Perfectly edited. No cursing. No sex. Some violence and substance abuse. The hardest parts of this book for me, was the graphic description of the barn burning and the way Hank did the racing pigeons. For some odd reason, this book reminded me of John Stienbeck's book, "The Grapes of Wrath". Perhaps it is the style of writting or the hardships faced by a family. I recommend this book to any reader 14 years old and up. The best Free Friday book I have read in two years. AD
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
“The Rockin’ Chair” is the story of John McCarthy, his family and the love, trials, tribulations, loss and redemption they find. This was one of those novels where you feel like you have traveled back in time and found days of old and you just settle in and enjoy times gone by. It was a journey that readers take with the family. You really see the restoration and the mending of the tear in the fabric of this family. I really enjoyed every chapter of Steven Manchester’s “The Rockin’ Chair.” I felt like I was watching a movie. What a wonderful story! I loved it and I feel like it’s a 5-star novel all the way. Keep up the great work, Steven Manchester. It was a great ride! Reviewed by: Lisa M.
VickiLN More than 1 year ago
John and his son Hank had a falling out years before and have never mended their relationship, but John and Alice stayed close to Hank’s wife Elle and their children. Grandpa John loves his wife Alice more than life itself, and when she’s nearing her death he sends for their grown grandchildren, who have moved to other states, to come home. They do come, but sadly they don’t make it in time. The tensions between John and Hank, and Hank and his kids disrupt what should be a very solemn, loving time. This is a story about family. It’s a message that no matter the problems you have with a loved one, no matter how long the rift has been there, relationships can be restored if someone takes the first step toward mending what caused the problem. After losing Alice, John realizes how precious life  is and  is determined to mend all the problems his family members have, and in doing so he brings everyone closer. I loved the part about the rockin’ chair. I wish I’d have had one and done what Grampa John did. What an amazing thing to pass down from generation to generation. This is a book that most anyone would enjoy. It’s full of sadness, relationship problems, anger and forgiveness, but mostly love. It was a fairly short read, but packed full of stuff that keeps you reading until the last page. I would definitely read this author again.
beh88 More than 1 year ago
Homespun wisdom from the grandpa everyone wishes they had....wonderful story
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
 If you have spent anytime on book blogs this summer, I am sure that you have seen this book crop up.  I am not sure what I can say about it that hasn't already been said.  It was a wonderful read, with Grampa John imparting wisdom - wisdom that should be obvious, but sometimes it takes someone to point it out to us.  The family has scattered across the U.S. - well, really the world - with George being in Afghanistan, but as Alice, John's wife, continues to worsen, he puts out a call to bring the grandchildren home.  Even though his son Hank lives within an arm's reach, he might as well have been across the world with the distance that has separated him and his father John for many years. I loved the way that the other drew everyone's sorrows out in their own time, without judgment and how Grampa John orchestrated the time they needed to share that sorrow with him.  It is a really good story about family - their struggles, their mistakes, the lines that separate and the bonds that draw us back together.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that give you chills as you read it. The pieces fall into place as you go, but the entire picture isn't revealed until you get closer to the end. Steven does a great job at using death as a instrument to bring generations together. Unfortunately, that is a reality for a lot of people- it isn't until someone dies that they take the time to get together and remember the good ol' days. This book really touched a part of me. I've had death around me since a very young age, some of those closest to me have passed from this world into the next (close family friends, my sister, my mom, my dad, all of my grandparents, several aunts, several uncles). I've always felt like we should celebrate life and not just focus on the deaths. You see this in the book with the memories. I think that Steve has done an amazing job with this book and the difficult topic that he's chosen to write about. I recommend it for those that like family orientated stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Found this on free Friday and from the moment I started reading it, I couldn't stop. Enjoyed meeting the characters and was drawn into their lives. Moving story particularly focused on the father and son relationships though I cared for all the characters and smiled and cried at the memories.
GReba More than 1 year ago
This is one of those stories that will break your heart...yet still help you piece it back together again with love, trust, and the best of intentions.  It's beautiful.  It's magical.  It's simple in storyline, but wrought with so much emotion and life lessons that one can't helped but be moved by this manuscript. John is a wonderful and caring narrator.  Through him we learn to love with all our hearts, trust with our full beings, and share a smile, a kind word even, with each person we meet, because we never really know when our last days will come.  Do you want to spend your "ever after" lost in regret, what ifs and shoulda wouldas?  Or would you rather be able to say...I LIVED.  After all, life may not always be perfect but it's those imperfections that make it a path worth following.  Share it with the ones you love....as it should be.
terrivm More than 1 year ago
This was a very moving book. I recommend keeping tissues near
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I like it when people own up to their mistakes and even when it is family, try and set things right. Be prepared to shed a few tears.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book read so beautifully. I've never cried in a book. I've read 10's of 1000's and this is the first time I cried. One of my favorite books. A lot of life lessons for one to take away. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are all of you wordy, long winded "reviewers" really just frustrated writers who have to retell the story over and over? Just askin...and thanks to those of fewer words who were able to encourage me that its worth reading,without blabbing on and on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was asked by the author to review this book-I received no compensation other than a copy of the book. I enjoyed the book. It was look a good old movie(meant as a compliment). It was for the heart without being overly sentimental. I would say the book is about the problems that a family that come to surface when the matriarch of the family suffers from dementia. I would read another book by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent story about family. It makes us think about how we deal with our loved ones in the face of crisis and denial. How we deal with the loss of our soul mate. How we find ways to mend family separations and finding ways to draw each other closer together. And most important forgiveness. I think this story will make all of us think about our own family and the things that caused us to divide ourselves or withdraw from the family. Truly worth the read. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I found it tedious in places but it was a good story of "grass roots" wisdom and family values.
klw49 More than 1 year ago
A broken family trying to put itself back together again after the death of a loved one....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i've read in a long time. Heart warming, tear jerker, and laugh out loud........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. Cried a lot, loved grandpa john. You will enjoy this book
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A complete family drama where the grandparent and grandchildren relationship take more of a forefront, but the immediate children relationship is still there.  Grandpa John has recently lost his wife to a debilitating illness and calls his grandchildren home to help heal the family and because they each need to come home to recenter.  
Lexnick More than 1 year ago
I cannot recommend this book enough. So heartwarming and thoughtful. This book brought so many emotions to the forefront. From the first page to the last I was totally captivated. I can't say too much for fear of spoiling anything. The characters in The Rockin Chair are so real and raw, all of them, even Three Speed! This is an easy read. Not really easy but I read it pretty quickly. It was smooth reading is what I want to say. I cannot believe that I haven't read any of Steve Manchester's books before! There are two more things I want to say: 1. Look out Nicholas Sparks, you have a new contender! 2. Have tissues ready! I absolutely loved this book and have told family and friends that it is a must read!
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
A poignant tale of love and family, I enjoyed Grampa John immensely. He wasn't a well educated man but he was a very wise one.I loved the lessons he imparts to his broken family. And yes you will cry while reading this book. I liked it so much I stayed up all night reading it and that's saying something. * I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Excellent story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story of a family in turmoil that finds redemption in the end.Each person has their own problems to deal with and they are hard ones. Although grampa John is the catalyst that brings them altogether, I liked Ellie the best .she is Hanks wife .Grampa john is like so many men of his generation that loved his son but couldn't say the word love. Will he be able to before it's too. late? Read the book to find out. Since I am an avid fan of steven manchester, I have read almost all of his books and can say every one has been wonderful. hope he continues with more stories of this family. as you can tell I highly recommend this book!