Monday 20 July 2020

Book Review ~ The Menu by Steven Manchester ☼

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Luna Bella Press

My thanks to the author for my ecopy of this book

Blessed with a high emotional IQ, Phinn Reed enters the world with the 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. Evidence that love stories come in many different forms, The Menu is a spiritual journey involving more than just a man and a woman; it is a modern-day tale that reaches far beyond the boundaries of reason.

What did I think about it..

Imagine if before you are born and enter into this world as a completely new person you have the opportunity to order what you would like from life, and as you are handed an impressive burgundy menu the whole of life's choices are opened up before you. Phinn Reed is clear what he wants from life but, as we discover in The Menu, is life clear about what it holds for Phinn?

The Menu is a nicely expressive story about the beauty and wonder of life, and for those who have a belief in a greater power there is a spirituality about the story which shines through from the very start. I think what's clear from this inspirational story is that life is like, to quote Forest Gump, a box of chocolates, or in this case like the items on a burgundy menu sheet. The choices lie before us and we make our selection even though sometimes the outcomes have already been decided for us.

I enjoyed getting to know more about Phinn, he's quite a character, and as the story progresses, it's clear that he doesn't always get his life right but there are some special people around who guide him to make sense of the choices he makes. The story shows that alongside compassion, hope and the love of family and friends, there are also complicated life challenges which help to fortify us against adversity.

The author writes with a strong emotional core and brings a compassionate warmth to this faith-based story which is, at times, quite poignant. However, the spiritual journey which Phinn undertakes is not only guided by a greater power but also sharing Phinn's love of inspirational poetry helps to keep the narrative both heartfelt and meaningful.

More about the author can be found on his website

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