Gooseberry Island

Gooseberry Island

by Steven Manchester


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Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester

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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ISBN-13: 9781611881806
Publisher: Story Plant
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Gooseberry Island 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
lakraft More than 1 year ago
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.
LindaPynaker More than 1 year ago
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.
tamsroses More than 1 year ago
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!!!
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good. Only 180 pages but an awesome read. Gives insight into the effrcts of being in the armed forces and the effect on men and women while serving our country. Simply a MUST read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down until the last page. Anyone wanting to know how PTSD really affects our military returning from this book. It also shows the brotherhood that is bonded and why .The part about Max and his son will have you in tears and want to help returning vets yourself. It shows you who the real heros are! A great love story and the trials they had to endure. Anytime I see a soldier, of any branch of the military in uniform I tell them Thank You for your service.....this book shows why. Thank you Steven Manchester....for your service and for this book cmj
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester has its beginnings in a chance encounter between Lindsey Wood and David McClain, which sparks romance between them. The romance is kept alive through Skype when he is back on duty in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan he has to witness horrendous acts of war, arson and violence, mostly senseless. On completion of his stint, he returns to find himself horribly affected. This leaves Lindsey in terrible grief; she is already in the doldrums owing to her father’s condition, being a Gulf veteran. Her experience with this comes in handy when David finds it more or less common among such repatriates, and with mutual assistance they make peace with the present. David and Lindsay begin their journey. Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester is bound to take its toll on one's emotions: the instant chemistry between Lindsey and David, the exchange of numbers in the hopes he will call, and the call doing wonders, as well as his invitation to a party without telling her that it’s his going away party! I have had the occasion to witness something similar and have always felt how treasured such moments are. Steven has adopted a good degree of moderation; at no stage do the emotional scenes and exchanges seem unnatural. A moving story with a complete plot, it leaves one with the same feeling as the last thought of the hero: “Life is better than good.” And just like him, with a smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is okay, and it has a realistic scenario, but I had a really hard time getting through pages and pages of the lovey-dovey -- almost like they were written by a love-sick teenage girl. I managed to plug my way through while waiting for my spouse to finish the Nook book I really wanted to read. I'm glad I only paid $1.99.
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bookishCG More than 1 year ago
Very good read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poignant!!! A wonderful story and highly recommended Although this book is listed as a work of fiction, sadly so many happenings in the story mirror today’s events. This is a story of a young man who felt he had to prove himself to his father so he joined the Army working his way up to a leader in the US Ranger Division. A few hours before his deployment to Afghanistan he fell in love with a girl whom he had met by accident only the day before. The attraction was mutual and through their continual letters, emails and Skyping the love grew deeper and it gave him something to live for and someone to come home to. But as in real life, our men and women do not return unscathed. The story tells of his difficult journey trying to put those war ‘demon’ memories to rest. Be sure you have a box of tissues nearby as you read through this journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book but I found it to be sappy and long winded. I got bored halfway through but managed to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh I have never shed so many tears while reading a book before - happy tears - sad tears - proud tears you name it they were all there! There were spots in this book that seems like part of it had gotten jumped over or cut out or something - I almost put it aside and not finished it more than once; but there was just something that kept me going; there were spots that seemed to drag - but all in all it was very well written, though I skimmed over some of it- All I can really say is if you get the chance read this book - don't get frustrated with it hang in there, you won't regret it
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JannaShay More than 1 year ago
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.
GReba More than 1 year ago
I stick to my previous assessment of this author's work....pure genius.
Tristate More than 1 year ago
David and Lindsey met the day before David was sent off to Afghanistan. Because the day was so great they keep in touch during his deployment but then life stepped in - the war. At home, Lindsey is already dealing with her father's PTSD. Now upon his return, David's reaction to his war experiences complicates their reunion. Steven Manchester's story shows some of the ways PTSD can manifest in soldiers and discusses some solutions but unfortunately there is no magic cure. Gooseberry Island will hold your interest as David and Lindsey work through their relationship. I found some of David's sentiments were a bit too sweet but that is only my view. It is definitely worth reading this book about such a common problem many veterans are facing.
RebeccaK22 More than 1 year ago
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.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
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!!
Debby236 More than 1 year ago
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.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
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.