Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-611880-67-0

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-936558-72-8

Publication date: June 25, 2013

272 pages

“Steven Manchester is master of writing a heart-throbbing family story, one that always satisfies readers because it refuses to descend into a maudlin atmosphere and doesn’t brook foolish talk. It thrives because it is the crafting of a story that elicits the deepest wishes of head and heart for all readers, indeed for all humanity, a sense of family, a real sense of what “home” could be. The Rockin’ Chair undeniably deserves wide acclaim!”

– Crystal Book Reviews


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.

Finalist 2013 USA Best Book Awards – General Fiction

A Conversations Book Club Top 50 Fiction Title of 2013

Bronze Award: 2014 Feathered Quill Book Awards

Winner of a Single Titles 2013 Readers Choice Award


A 2014 Silver Medalist, Independent Publisher Book Awards

Winner (Spiritual) 2014 Hollywood Book Festival

Silver Medal Winner – Global Ebook Awards

“Steven Manchester's beautifully descriptive writing really brings you to another place!”

– Debbie Jean’s Blog

The Rockin' Chair is a tightly knit tearjerker – a work better than anything Nicholas Sparks has ever written.”

– Jon Land, bestselling author of Pandora’s Temple


The Rockin' Chair 

Steven Manchester


“Move over, Nicholas Sparks! The Rockin’ Chair is a literary gift. Captivating and endearing from the very first page, Steve Manchester weaves a tender and powerful story that you will not forget. Make way for this new writer at the top, and make room for more of his books on your shelf!”
– Susan Farr-Fahncke, Editor,


“In The Rockin’ Chair, Steven Manchester has created a book that can change the world. If only everyone would listen to Grampa John and express their love for each other, what a different world it would be.”
– Heather Froeschl, Book Reviewer,

The Rockin’ Chair is a fantastic read! From the opening chapter to the final page, it is a riveting tale. I highly recommend it.”
– Dorothy Thompson, Editor, The Writers Life

The Rockin’ Chair is a wonderful story; one that I couldn’t put it down once I got started. And yes, I cried in the end.”
– Elodia Tate, Author, Open My Eyes, Open My Soul


“One of Steven Manchester’s many talents is the ability to create characters that could be your own family or next door neighbor. You feel what they are feeling and you experience the trauma as if you were present on the farm. His description is rich in detail, but just the right balance for you to know about Montana without being superfluous. He writes with poetic magnetism, keeping you enthralled in the story without flashy gimmicks. It’s humble, down-home, and a well-written story you won’t want to miss.”
– Literarily Illumined

“Steven Manchester really knows how to write family . . .. I cannot wait to read more by this author!”
– The Grand World of Books


“When the story draws to a close make sure you have plenty of tissues.”
– Just Reviews


“You will feel the love, you will get angry and you may cry, so grab a Kleenex or two, but definitely read this book and share it with others-it’s that good and you’ll be glad you did.”
– Tome Tender

"The Rockin' Chair is the best seat on the farm, it will warm your heart."
– Books, Books, and More Books


"A beautiful story about family and love that will tug at your heartstrings and make you shed a few tears."
– Kayla on Books


“A wonderful family story about perception and the redeeming quality of forgiveness, of yourself and others, The Rockin' Chair is another fantastic edition to Steven Manchester's literary works. All of his books are simply told but with a lot of heart. Read them.”
– Literary R&R


The Rockin' Chair is a fabulous summer read and would make for a wonderful book club selection as well.”
– The Book Barista

“Gives us hope that no matter how painful or how deep the scars in our hearts, it can always be healed by the power of one's love.”
– Reviews by Abby

“If there were such a thing as ‘Father & Son Book Clubs,’ this would be the ultimate pick. Men and women alike, I urge you to allow this book to touch your soul as well. I promise that you won't regret it!”
– The Sunpiper Press Book Review

“This is such a beautiful story!”
– Art’s Chili Pepper


“Wow. This was an amazing book. I didn't want to put it down.”
– Book Referees

“A heartfelt, emotional family drama about memories and forgiveness and the importance of family.”
– My Book Retreat

“This is a novel I will mention often and for a long time to my friends, recommending they read it themselves. Please do not pass this novel up or you will miss a great touching family story.”
– A Novel Review

“I thought this book was incredible! I’m going to shout it out now…move over, Nicholas Sparks!”
– Closed the Cover

“Such a great story!”
– Hanging Off The Wire


“A wonderful story, well worth reading – and keep a box of tissues handy!”
– Footnote Reviews


“A favorite of 2013.”
– Review From Here

“Manchester wrote a painful, touching story and he had me bawling many times.”
– Read, Run, Ramble

“Not only do I highly recommend this book, but believe this story should be a mandatory read for all.”
– CMash Reads

“This is a book that grabbed my attention from the first page and had me reading well into the night. I highly recommend that everyone reads this story and follows the career of this incredibly talented author.”
– Janna Shay

“Look out Nicholas Sparks, you have a new contender!”
– Mommabears Book Blog

“A well-written, powerful portrayal of a family in crisis.”
– Vic's Media Room


“I really do enjoy reading such emotional novels from Mr Manchester and cannot wait to see what he delivers next.”
– Turner’s Antics

“A book that will touch your heart and leave you thinking for a long time after you are through.”
– My Life. One Story at a Time


“Wow. Now here’s a book that is completely and wholly in my ‘wheelhouse.’”
– Keenly Kristin

“Mr. Manchester’s exquisite writing style makes this poignant story memorable and joy to read.”
– Long and Short Reviews

“This is a truly emotional and healing book.”
– Frugal Mom

“Once again Steven Manchester hands us a brilliant story. I would put him higher than Nicholas Sparks.”
– Community Bookstop

“A tenderhearted, emotional, and inspirational story of family, love, loss, faith and life lessons. It is a story that will remind you to take the time to appreciate your life and family, for time goes by so quickly, before you know it, it is over in the blink of an eye.”
– Jersey Girl Book Reviews

"A glorious read! This book has a genuine river of love running right through it."
– Just 4 My Books


"A delightful story of hope and encouragement that will touch your heart!"
– Hotchpotch

“Steven Manchester has penned another great story destined to find its way to our keeper shelf. With his finger on the American pulse, his story is perfect for everyone who has a family.”
– Single Titles


“Once I started reading The Rocking Chair I simply could not put it down and read it in one day. With tissues on hand, this book is a must read.”
– Once Upon a Time


“I thought no one could make me cry like Nicholas Sparks, but I was wrong…. I laughed, I cried and I sighed with contentment.”
– Reviewing in Chaos

“By far my favorite so far of his.... Heartfelt and real, this book rocked me to my core and really had me thinking about my family and about everything that we’ve been through. I highly recommend this book.”
– Chick Lit +

“Manchester is a writer of great emotional depth and this story will probably bring you to tears several times.”
– The View from the Phlipside

“This book has a great knack for making you feel a mix of ranges in comfort and energy and I would highly recommend reading it.”
– Cassandra M’s Place

"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.