Book Review: When death mends broken bridges, family wounds will heal. 

Ashes By Steven Manchester

Brothers Jason and Tom Prendergast have been estranged for most of their adult lives. Judgement and betrayal, perceived that is, kept them apart until the death of their father forces them into a room again. 

They hated their father only slightly more than each other. The only way he knew how to raise his two sons was to beat them into submission. His dying wish was for his sons to drive across the U.S. from the Eastern coast to the Pacific coast to scatter his ashes upon arrival. The will stipulates they would not get the contents of the will until that task was accomplished. The second stipulation was they had to drive together in the same car. 

Author Steven Manchester takes a step away from his award winning family-oriented style content with this gritty edgier story. However Ashes is bound to win just as many awards. 

This story is darker in nature as it takes you deep into the heart of a rough childhood and the subsequent heartache that accompanies familial betrayal. It takes a look at how perceptions can ruin a relationship. When walls are built to protect ones heart sometimes it isolates rather than heals. That is until a sledgehammer of a journey drives a wedge down the middle.

This journey of two brothers rediscovering the bond they had as children is a magnificent story as they heal the wounds of their hearts. Two grown men brought to their knees in a splendid twist of circumstances. Through the Ashes rise the Phoenix and through the pain these two become whole again. 

Manchester has dug deep into the well of dysfunctional archetypes in this masterful story. His characters grow before your eyes as the journey they take is much more than the physical one. The character’s emotions are put through the ringer as they heal mentally finally putting their horrendous past to rest. The reader can’t help but take this journey along side them as if a passenger in the back seat. It’s funny at moments, it’s tearful at moments it is a story with real heart.

Be sure to visit Steven Manchester’s website for prequels to this novel. Stories you won’t want yo miss.

Steven ManchesterSteven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies, and Gooseberry Island as well as the novels Goodnight, Brian and The Changing Season. His 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.

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Thank you to The Story Plant Publshing.
Thank you to Partners in Crime Book Tours
FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title by The Story Plant for review purposes only; no other compensation was awarded. 

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