Sunday, August 15, 2021

The Menu Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

**I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are my own.  

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

If I'm being honest, this is probably not a book that I would have chosen on my own to read. There is definitely a spiritual aspect to the story that is very different from those that I typically read as we start the story with our lead character Phinn choosing his life from a Menu of sorts, before ever being sent to earth. Like I said, certainly very different for me personally.

That said, it was the uniqueness that did have me intrigued as I started to read. I did find the story to be slower paced and took me some time to get into, but it was certainly a story unlike any others I have read in the past. It drew you in and it really left you thinking about it after you walked away. It'll take you on a spiritual journey through the ups and downs of lives, and doesn't shy away from some difficult topics. 

Overall, while this isn't my typical type of read, I found it to be an intriguing story and one that fans of Christian fiction, and particularly those who enjoy that more spiritual aspect are sure to want to check out for themselves. 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 4

Inklings and notions, August 5

For Him and My Family, August 6

Mary Hake, August 6

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. Thank you for sharing! I appreciate the book rec!

  2. Randi, Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts.

  3. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

  4. This looks like a wonderful book. I love the plot. I will definitely be reading this in the future.

  5. I havent read this author before but will have to check this out. Love that the author has written so many best sellers and has been in Chicken Soup for the Soul! Love those books so maybe i have read his short stories after all.


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