Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-611881-80-6

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-936558-74-2

Publication date: January 6, 2015

300 pages

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.


Gooseberry Island 

Steven Manchester

“Steven Manchester has a gift for expressing through his writing the complicated and transcendent beauty of the human experience with poignant clarity.”

– Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“It is amazing that Steven Manchester can take the same alphabet most of us use, create the same words most of us use, and arrange them so skillfully that they reach in and stir profound emotions in a reader. His ability to connect the reader with the characters’ deepest feelings, fears, hopes, dreams, and love is incredible.”
– Long and Short Reviews

– Crystal Book Reviews

“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.”
– Tome Tender

"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

“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 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


“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

“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

"Steven Manchester has a gift for expressing through his writing the complicated and transcendent beauty of the human experience with poignant clarity," says Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King. "Steven Manchester writes about life as it really is and really could be," adds Crystal Book Reviews. Steven Manchester’s work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Manchester writes deeply moving, intensely relatable novels that readers tend to remember and discuss for a long time.