Book Review: GooseBerry Island


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 David. He is presented with hard choices and devastating consequences. The pain he feels slowly builds as his inner turmoil grows. What can an Army surgeon do when the pain of a soldier is emotionally inward and not something to put a bandage on?

After his tour ends, David returns home a changed man. The conflict forced him to grow up, but the demons came home with him haunting his every moment. Lindsey has dealt with the PTSD of her retired soldier father. She knows David is hurting, but the wall he has built around him seems insurmountable. Can their love continue in this harsh new landscape?

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. He pulled from his own experience after serving in a difficult tour of duty in Operation Desert Storm in 1991 to write this detailed day-in-the-life of a soldier.

This story has extreme emotional impact, not just in the romantic sense, more so in the empathy the reader will have when witnessing the heartbreak David goes through. The loss of innocence is hard enough, add to that the loss of precious life and it’s a one-two punch. It would have to be impressionable even on the most hard-hearted human.

Steven brings to light the serious condition of PTSD that often comes home with our soldiers. The guilt, depression and anxiety that can bring them to their knees, needs to be addressed to put them on a path of healing.

His Publisher, The Story Plant has partnered this holiday season from now until January 31, 2015, to donate $1 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every copy of Gooseberry Island that is pre-ordered and sold.

All you have to do is email a copy of your receipt and they will make the donation. In addition to that, they will also donate a copy of the e-book to returning soldiers, one donation for each copy sold.

Here’s the really important part – they need your help to spread the word about this campaign! Tell your neighbors, tell your family members, tell the person working the checkout line in the grocery story. Just tell as many people as you can and ask them to help spread the word too. We want this campaign to go viral! Let’s do something good this holiday season and celebrate those who protect and serve !

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FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title for review purposes only, no other compensation was awarded.


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