Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-611881-35-6

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-936558-73-5

Publication date: June 12, 2018

355 pages

“Manchester delivers a beautifully written, emotionally full story of love and sacrifices. He digs into the decisions people make about their own happiness, and how they sometimes put their relationships ahead of that happiness, whether it's a marriage, friendship or parent-child relationship. The characters all seem very honest and easy to relate to, and their relationships and actions seem very real. If you enjoy contemporary novels that tug at the heartstrings, I highly recommend Pressed Pennies.”
– My Book Retreat

Rick and Abby grew up together, became best friends, and ultimately fell in love. Circumstance tore them apart in their early teens, though, and they went on to lives less idyllic than they dreamed about in those early days. Rick has had a very successful career, but his marriage flat-lined. Abby has a magical daughter, Paige, but Paige's father nearly destroyed Abby's spirit.

Now fate has thrown Rick and Abby together again. In their early thirties, they are more world-weary than they were as kids. But their relationship still shimmers, and they're hungry to make up for lost time. However, Paige, now nine, is not nearly as enthusiastic. She's very protective of the life she's made with her mother and not open to the duo becoming a trio. Meanwhile, Rick has very little experience dealing with kids and doesn't know how to handle Paige. This leaves Abby caught between the two people who matter the most to her. What happens when the life you've dreamed of remains just inches from your grasp?

Pressed Pennies is a nuanced, intensely romantic, deeply heartfelt story of love it its many incarnations, relationships in their many guises, and family in its many meanings. It is the most accomplished and moving novel yet from a truly great storyteller of the heart.

2014 Beach Book Festival winner

2015 New York Book Festival winner


2015 Los Angeles Book Festival runner-up

“A delightful romantic story that will captivate the reader's attention with its memorable characters; engaging dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a realistic storyline that deals with complicated family dynamics, relationship issues, rekindled love, and second chances.”
– Jersey Girl Book Reviews


Pressed Pennies

Steven Manchester


“This is an amazingly written story.”

– Cassandra M’s Place


“A flowing romance novel that has a good cast and a lot of heart.”
– Martin’s View

“A precious story and leaves the reader feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Read it!”
– The Spontaneous Reader


“Not only does Steven Manchester have the gift to pen stories about matters of the heart and relationships, I believe what puts him above many others, is that he truly writes from the heart.”
– CMash Reads

“Another wonderful heartfelt story, written by an author who never disappoints, with good old-fashioned story telling.”
– And the Story Unfolds


“Steven Manchester is the Norman Rockwell of Literature!”
– Literarily Illumined


“Steven Manchester has warmed my heart once again with his deep meaningful writing.”
– Nothing But Love

“Maybe the best I have read from him so far.”
– Eastern Sunset Reads


“Allows the reader to enjoy the journey of the characters and experience the power that comes from real love.”

“Steven Manchester’s latest book Pressed Pennies is another ‘rhythm of life’ masterpiece with his words drawing pictures in our minds…. The characters jump off the pages and into our hearts as we cry with them and rejoice with them.”
– Single Titles

“Steven's written poetic words are guaranteed to hook the romantic at heart and keep hold of you until the beautiful finale.”
– Reviews from the Heart

“You continue to dazzle readers with your sensitive and graceful writing – don’t stop, Steven Manchester. Gutsy and beautiful novel.”
– Crystal Book Reviews


“If you want a book that will touch your heart – go – buy – read!”
– My Life. One Story at a Time

“A perfect read for a quiet afternoon, with a cup of hot tea and a classic radio station playing quietly in the background.”
– Jaffareadstoo


“I thoroughly enjoyed how the author put challenges in the way of all the main characters, and how they all overcome their challenges.”
– Bookalicious


“Manchester’s ability to capture the raw emotions of love, loss and hope is remarkable. Beautiful and mesmerizing Pressed Pennies may have become our new favorite Steven Manchester novel.”
– Closed the Cover

“Pressed Pennies is an emotional novel that touches readers, showing them that happily ever after is something to strive for.”
– The Coffee Pot


“Every summer needs a throwback novel, and this one is it! It is a romantic, tender story of young love gone awry, and fate stepping in.”
– Bless Their Hearts Mom


“You want to savor every moment while you lose your heart to the page...and you'll gladly do it time and again.”
– Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers


“I loved this book! Definitely a page-turner! Pressed Pennies is a beautiful romance that was well put together, well-written, and sweet.”
– So Many Books, So Little Time

“You can't go wrong with this one. A perfect summer read!”
– Radiant Light

“This was so good I couldn't put it down for a second! Definitely a keeper of an author.”
– Community Bookstop

“I wiped away more than a few tears while reading. I can recommend this book without reservation.”
– Closed the Cover

“I really can’t say enough good about Pressed Pennies. Lessons of love, understanding, hope, family, parenting and oh so much more are shared in this book. If you’re an easy crier you may want to have a box of tissues handy. Then make room on your bookshelves, because you’re going to love his other books as well.”
– I Am A Reader


“Steven Manchester writes about people, life, love and second chances in a warm and realistic way that goes beyond fabulous writing and straight into sigh-worthy, romance that is both relatable and magical. He breathes life into his characters and fills them with real emotion, real fears, insecurities and love. This is the kind of story that makes the reader want to curl up and lose themself in a tale that feels warm and fuzzy, sweet and highly enchanting.”</strong><i>– Tome Tender

“This is a sweet and lovely story about second chances, blended families, and lost loves. If you miss this story you will be sorry. I highly recommend it.”

– A Novel Review

"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.