Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

February 16, 2015 Book Review 0 ★★★★★

Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasiafive-stars
Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
Series: The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood #1
Also in this series: Return to Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie Begins
Published by Omnific Publishing on November 1, 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 372
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He counts her smiles every day and night at the train station. And morning and evening, the beautiful commuter acknowledges him—just like she does everyone else on the platform. But Blake Hartt is not like the others . . . he’s homeless. Memories of a broken childhood have robbed him of peace and twisted delusions into his soul. He stays secluded from the sun, sure the world would run from him in the harsh light of day.

Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.

When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she's surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.
Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?

In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

By LilyIt’s rare a book will have me reaching for the kleenex but I did with Poughkeepsie. The tears were sometimes joyous and other times…

A gem lost in the enormous TBR stack that I would easily include with my top reads for 2014. For some reason, I’ve sidestepped choosing this book so often but this time it was the idea of reading a multi media book that finally lured me.

I picked it up through iTunes, it boasts author notes, back stories, music links, pictures and sound effects. Would the story have been as good without the extras? I have no doubt it would have been. Did it make a difference to the way I read the book? I suspect it did. The connection to the author felt tangible. Phrases I may have glanced over now had depth through the subtle musings that were fed through occasionally. Sharing the personal reasons the author had for using a name or saying created an intimacy between reader and writer. It felt like a buddy read with the author only one that was one sided and there were no worries about spoilers!

Now for a little about the story…

A friendship grows, much to the horror of some, fear from others, and the bemusement of a few. Livia and Blake have people that care for them and don’t want to see the people they care about hurt.  They are from different walks of life, yet they connect. Even within in the parameters of a ‘nice’ family there can be problems. And in amongst societies outcasts, you’ll find goodness, mercy and compassion.  Love can exist and thrive in the most unforgiving environment, creating bonds that some will never know nor search for.

“I feel like I’ve always loved him, and now I just got lucky enough to find him” 

Now don’t for a moment think this is a fluffy, sweet romance. It’s full of drama, difficult decisions, revenge and forgiveness.

What I loved: 

  • The guys and their bond; Mouse and his knitting…, Blake, Cole, and of course Beckett
  • The sisterly love that like the men came in a variety of packages; Livia, Sister, Bea and of course Eve and her ‘moves’
  • The beauty of a smile, The compassionate gestures, The humour
  • The music, heard and unheard
  • Falling in love with Blake and Livia’s story…

What would I change if I could:

  •  To play Editor and change the destiny for some
  •  Give a 21 gun salute for the heck of it

Lily’s Rating: 5 Stars 

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