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Monday, August 9, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway - The Menu By Steven Manchester - On Tour with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

From New England’s Storyteller Steven Manchester comes a soul-awakening novel about love, faith and family. During Phinn Reed’s romantic quest, he discovers that even through great suffering and loss, he is never alone—not ever—and that we are all eternally connected.

Phinn Reed enters the world with God’s promise of finding his soul mate. With heaven’s memories erased, his romantic quest teaches him that the heart often sees clearer than the eyes—and that not everyone has ordered the same items from The Menu. This inspirational novel is heartfelt evidence that love stories come in many different forms.


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About the Author

New England’s Storyteller Steven Manchester is the author of the soul-awakening novel, The Menu, as well as the 80s nostalgia-fest, Bread Bags & Bullies. His other works include #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies and Gooseberry Island; the national bestsellers, Ashes, The Changing Season and Three Shoeboxes; the multi-award winning novel, Goodnight Brian; and the beloved holiday podcast drama, The Thursday Night Club. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show and BET’s Nightly News. Three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He is a multi-produced playwright, as well as the winner of the 2017 Los Angeles Book Festival, 2018 New York Book Festival and 2020 New England Book Festival. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing. Visit:


More from Steven

“None of us are ever alone.” I believe this truth in every fiber of my being. For me, few things are more tragic than a fellow human being who is feeling alone. It’s the reason I wrote my new novel, THE MENU.

The premise of THE MENU is a simple one. If you believe in an afterlife, do you also believe that your spirit existed before you came to this Earth? And what if you had a say…what if you actually picked everything you’d experience in this life from a MENU?

My Thoughts

THE MENU is written by Steven Manchester. This is the first book that I have read by this author. It was well written, interesting and the storyline flowed nicely. Phinn Reed is promised by God to find his soulmate. This is before his earthly birth. Phinn then lives in the world as we all do and is free to make his own choices. I like the premis that the author has penned here, where God has presented us a menu for us to choose what we want out of life. However, some choices are more costly then others. It was a great reminder that while we are free to choose our paths, some lead us a little farther from God. 

This book does deal with some drinking, marital relations, abortions and other real life situations, just as a warning in case that is something that you are sensitive too. However, I felt the author handled it nicely and with grace. 

This book is a reminder of my journey. A journey where I made some not so great choices. However the shaped me as I am today. I am thankful that God has never turned his back on me, always accepted me back when I came running. Phinn had to go through a lot to get to happiness. Just like we do. While this is a work of fiction, I appreciate that the author deals with a lot of real life situations. 

I received a copy of this book thorugh the Celebrate Lit Blogging Program, all thoughts are my own.  

Blog Stops

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deb’s Book Review, August 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 8

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 9

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 11

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, August 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 13

Older & Smarter?, August 14

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, August 15

Texas Book-aholic, August 16

Cats in the Cradle Blog, August 16

CarpeDiem, August 17


To celebrate his tour, Steven is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

1 comment:

  1. Connie, Thank you for sharing your wonderful review. The Menu sounds like one not to miss.