Book Review: Goodnight Brian by Steven Manchester


Book Review Goodnight Brain Steven Manchester

Book Details
Genre: Fiction
Published by: The Story Plant
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Number of Pages: 308
Purchase Links:   Amazon   B&N


Book Review Goodnight Brian Steven ManchesterFate was working against little Brian Mauretti. The food that was meant to nourish him was poisoning him instead, and the doctors said the damage was devastating and absolute. Fate had written off Brian. But fate didn’t count on a woman as determined as Brian’s grandmother, Angela DiMartino – who everyone knew as Mama. Loving her grandson with everything she had, Mama endeavored to battle fate. Fate had no idea what it was in for.

An emotional tale about the strength of family bonds, unconditional love, and the perseverance to do our best with the challenging gifts we receive, GOODNIGHT, BRIAN is an uplifting tribute to what happens when giving up is not an option.


Goodnight Brian is as much about Brian as it is about Mama – Brian’s grandmother. While Brian is the object of the story, Mama is the source of power that inspires the family and the village surrounding Brian how to raise and treat him.

It is a gripping story about real life issues and compels us to support people in such a way that they are able to reach their full potential. The main message is to become who you really are and to ignore how the world in general views you. It also reminds us to rally around one another in support when needed.

To me, Mama’s character is a little over the top – in that she seems to be a super hero who can do it all and overcomes all without a hitch or glitch.

I love the message conveyed in the book. Overall, it is a good and inspiring read for a lazy afternoon.


Enough time had passed for the shock of Brian’s condition to wear off. Joan had stumbled beyond the grieving process and had given up negotiating with God. She was now at a place called rage. Mama sat with her daughter at the kitchen table, trying to help her make sense of it all. “Maybe Brian’s a test from God?” Mama suggested.

“Why would God test a little baby who’s never done a thing wrong? Why would He test an innocent child?” Joan snapped back.

Mama shook her head. “I didn’t say God was testing Brian,” she said evenly. There was a thoughtful pause. “Maybe He’s testing everyone around Brian?”

“I don’t want to hear that!” Joan roared. “My son will never be able to enjoy the life of other people who don’t…”

Mama slapped her hand on the Formica table, stopping Joan in mid-sentence and turning her face into that of a seven-year-old girl’s. “Not another negative word, do you hear me?” she yelled back, quickly grabbing her daughter’s hands and holding them tightly. “Positive, Joan – everything must be positive! Negative calls for negative and positive brings forth positive. Brian’s already facing some unfair challenges. We have to be positive, Joan. We just have to be!”

Joan wiped her eyes. “But what if the doctor’s right, Ma?” she muttered in a tortured voice. “What

Without letting Joan’s hands go, Mama took a deep breath and started in on her own tirade. “The doctors don’t know what the hell they’re talking about! I had a grandmother who lived her whole life as a brittle diabetic, but she ate anything she wanted. She died three days before her eighty-fifth birthday. Your grandfather supposedly had cirrhosis of the liver, but lived with his bottle for forty more years until old age took him. They don’t know beans! Besides, we need to have faith in a higher source.” She pulled her crucifix away from her neck and kissed it. “You have to believe, Joan. Before any of the healing can take place, you have to believe that it will.” She nodded and lowered her tone. “Only God knows how… and that’s enough.”

Joan placed her face in her hands and began to cry. She was now completely removed from her rage and safely returned to the stage of grief. “I’m…just… so…scared,” she stuttered, sobbing.

Mama stroked her hair. “Don’t you worry, love. They say that children are raised by a village.” She nodded her gray, curly head. “I think it’s about time we had a village meeting.”

Author Bio

Book Review Steven Manchester Goodnight BrianSteven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestseller TWELVE MONTHS and PRESSED PENNIES, THE UNEXPECTED STORM: The Gulf War Legacy, and JACOB EVANS, as well as several books under the pseudonym, Steven Herberts. 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 Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or his four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing.

Find him on his website or on Facebook.

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7 responses »

    • It’s a pity I missed reviewing Twelve Months. I enjoyed Goodnight Brian as Steve Manchester is able to bring an issue to the surface that is very important and the way he involves faith in God is to me pretty down to earth. Gotta add that to the review actually :-)

  1. I like that you read and review (and like or dislike on their own merits) books of different styles, Fenny. (Then again, so do you, Cheryl! Hi … uh oh, the ladies are going to realize I visit BOTH of their blogs in a second …)

  2. Pingback: Goodnight Brian by Steven Manchester | My Book of Stories

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