Tuesday, 6 December 2011 | By: Nicole @ Nicole About TOwn

Review: Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Title: Poughkeepsie
Debra Anastasia
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: November 22, 2011
Pages: 384
Source:Digital ARC
My Rating: 5*

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.

Livia felt her rage ignite. "Well Oily Comb-Over, looks like I need to buy you a load of Shut Your Mouth for your birthday."
     "I...was...screaming like a man...with a cat on his nipple."  Beckett slapped his hand of his desk.
Livia held her spatula as Blake whispered in her ear. “I see us just like this a hundred years from now, old and deaf. I’ll be the luckiest man.”

Emotion caught her—this was all she wanted. Simple, beautiful frittata moments with this man.

“Someday, Livia, I’ll be man enough to buy the food,” he continued. “I’ll give you an oven. I’ll try so hard.”

I have said it before and I will say it again, I love Debra Anastasia.  This love began with her debut novel Crushed Seraphim, and it then followed into my love for her on Twitter (you can follow her here).  So when I was contacted about possibly reviewing a copy of her latest book Poughkeepsie, I didn’t hesitate to jump at the chance.  Best. Decision. Ever.

                I admit, that when I started reading Poughkeepsie, I had absolutely no idea what the book was about.  The fact that Debra wrote it was more than enough to get me to read it and I can honestly say that I wasn’t disappointed.

                It’s still hard for me to define Poughkeepsie and tell you exactly what it was about, but I will give it a shot.

At its core Poughkeepsie is about a romance between Blake and Livia.  But to say that that was all Poughkeepsie was about is to seriously sell the book short.  Yes, it is about romance.  But it is also about family.  It’s about connections.  It’s about the resilience of the human spirit.

The characters that Debra Anastasia has created are just phenomenal and support the story so well.  You have Livia who has a heart of gold, Blake whose spirit is so heartbreakingly beautiful, Kyle who is lost an constantly searching to be enough, Cole who has struggled to contain the rage inside of him, and Beckett.  Who could forget wonderful, conflicted, loyal and naughty Beckett?  On the surface, none of these characters seem to have anything in common with one another.  As you dive further and further into the story, you see the ties and bonds between them and you watch as they are tested, reformed and strengthened.

There is plenty of action, suspense, romance and hilarity to be found in Poughkeepsie. Debra Anastasia has outdone herself with her latest novel and as long as she keeps writing like this I will keep reading.


There are 2 eCopies of Poughkeepsie to give away on the blog today.  To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget below.

Good Luck!


Evie said...

Fantastic review!
I haven't heard about Debra Anastasia before and this is the first time I'm seeing one of her books. I do, however, trust you completely and so I'd love to read it myself :) Your review makes me very curious for Debra's books - thanks for bringing them to my attention!

If you find some free time, stop by my blog and enter some of my recent giveaways :) Many of them are Canada Only :)


Ashley Chen said...

Great reviews! Same as Evie that I have not heard of Debra Anastasia but I would really love to read her book :)

FirestarBooks said...

Awesome! This book sound so emotional and unique. I think I might just cry if I can win. :')

madseason40 said...

This book is on my TBR list, so thanks for the chance to win it!!

FreakChiq said...

Great review! Thanks so much for the chance to win it!

Happy holidays!

Debra Anastasia said...

Nicole, it is such an honor to be read by you. Thank you so much for being a stop on the tour as well! Thanks for everyone for dropping by as well! Good Luck. <3

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

Glad to know this is a good one! I've been debating on picking this one up! Great review Nicole!!!

Aleighy said...

I LOVE Debra (but I know her most as MTK). She is down to earth and kind and funny as all hell. Poughkeepsie is a one-of-a-kind story that everyone MUST read.

Hedy said...

This book sounds so good! Looks like Debra came up with a wonderful story to lose yourself in!

Christa @ Hooked on Books said...

Great review! I am definitely going to check this book out after all the raving you've done about it!

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