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Poughkeepsie | [Debra Anastasia]

Poughkeepsie

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Omnific Publishing (P)2012 Omnific Publishing

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    Boredom Rochedale South, Australia 05-07-13
    Boredom Rochedale South, Australia 05-07-13 Member Since 2012

    reviewed wrong book for one more day

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    "Absolutely loved this book couldn't put it down"
    What did you love best about Poughkeepsie?

    The story line. It was so interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me on my toes


    Have you listened to any of Marti Dumas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but it was really good she got me into the story really well


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made laugh and cry


    Any additional comments?

    A really amazing book

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DB Nashville, TN 04-24-13
    DB Nashville, TN 04-24-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Touching Love Story but..."

    First of all, the narrator did a wonderful job.
    I loved the first half of this book. I would have given it 9 stars until the author seemed to lose her focus mid-way.

    Girl meets homeless man, helps homeless man, falls in love with homeless man, homeless man moves in with girl, girl has a bully, psycho ex-boyfriend then the story falls apart. I was so disappointed.

    It seemed the story climax was midway, then slid down the mountain with a crescendo, so to speak. Perhaps he story should have ended about two-thirds the way through.

    There is a Poughkeepsie #2 due out this year. I am hoping the author will tie up a few dangling characters' futures and elaborate more on the 3 "brothers by choice". I will definitely purchase it.

    I do recommend this book because I enjoyed the sweet love story. I admit I did cry as parts were most touching, I laughed and enjoyed the suspense.There were some sexy scenes well done.

    It was a good read and worth the credit. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris United States 03-18-13
    Chris United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pulls At Your Heart"

    this audiobook pulled me in once I started it, . The McHugh sisters Livia and Kyle, the three brothers Blake, Beckett and Cole. This story is about how people relate to others who are less well off and how cruel they can be, yet others are completely the opposite. It's full of action, suspense and romance. The characters are all broken/torn in some way but they are all strong and proud. I really liked Beckett even if he did scare the s##t out of me.. The narration was good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 02-01-13
    Nancy Devault Woodburn, OR United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow! Loved everything about it!"
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    Wow! I LOVED everything about this book! It highlights that the homeless should not be invisible to society. They are human beings that due to circumstances unknown to us forced them to be out in the streets. They could be good people that were dealt a bad hand...like Blake. It was wonderful how the author weaved the story of these three souls who are brothers at heart. I was absolutely riveted and just could not put this down! I can't wait for the sequel!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ambyr Tampa, FL 05-22-13
    Ambyr Tampa, FL 05-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing book, horrid narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Poughkeepsie the most enjoyable?

    This is such an amazing story. Everything about it kicks convention in the teeth, and I love that. Our main character is not necessarily an Alpha Male, but he is the sweetest, most amaing guy around... and homeless. Livia is a sweet, innocent, badass when she needs to be, understanding woman. She's relatable and likable. And she and Blake together are just... ahhhhh...


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. There is no typical in this book. Everything is unique and twisted from the norm. It's touching, beautiful, and filled with so much emotion!


    How could the performance have been better?

    I seriously disliked the narration of this book. I use Audible because I listen to the books in my car on my 2 hour daily commute. The speaker whispered many parts (Usually Livia's thoughts) so low that I would CONSTANTLY have to rewind and relisten to parts - not easy to do while driving. And if I turned the volume up to understand the whispering, when her normal tone returned, it was loud as all get out.
    I also felt her delivery was off. Sentences were not intoned properly for the content, which left it feeling like someone reading to children at the library. I loved this book so freakin much, but it was because of the tale, not the telling.
    I was actually a bit upset at how off so much of the performance was, because I would hate to think that people would not get the full effect and impact of the story because of it's narration. I would actually pay for this book a third time if I could get a different reader... Therese Plummer is fantastic, any way we could get a redo?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not your average girl meets not your typical man. Love knows no boundries, restraints, or background.


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-record this. This story is powerful, beautiful, and sweet. Performance really matters.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 08-20-13
    Amazon Customer LEWISTON, ID, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2007

    I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors.

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    "Surprised"

    I read quite a few reviews before I purchased this book, both on Audible & Amazon. It seemed people either loved the book or didn't. While I will have to listen to the book again to get all the details clear in my head I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't think of an emotion this book didn't draw out of me through the journey. I didn't think I would fall in love with the characters in the book but I did. I can't explain what exactly it was about the writing specifically that worked so well for me but I was entertained the entire book.

    Perhaps I connected so deeply with this book because I love authors like K'wan and Carl Weber to Maya Banks and Sylvia Day to Kristin Hannah. I felt this book brought so many different writing genre's together that I couldn't help but enjoy the story.

    This book will definitely be one I listen to repeatedly and recommend to friends. So if you are ready for a book that is not predictable, highly emotion and action packed this is a great book for you.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle GEORGETOWN, TEXAS, United States 07-22-14
    Michelle GEORGETOWN, TEXAS, United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "DNF"

    I couldn't finish this story ... I don't do this often but Did Not Finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Knott Maryland 05-08-14
    K. Knott Maryland 05-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Awful awful narration and story."
    What disappointed you about Poughkeepsie?

    The story was unbelievable and I couldn't connect with any of the characters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator did NOT fit the main character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brittany Payson, UT, United States 09-11-13
    Brittany Payson, UT, United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2009
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    "A lot of potential"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Marti Dumas’s performances?

    Sure. The only problem I found was that she's obvious black and only one person in the story is (Cole). So when it talks about her sister being a red head and the main character being a Caucasian female with brown hair, I couldn't picture it. Everyone in the book became black in my head. Which I don't mind, it's just something to consider.


    Any additional comments?

    A little slow at times and I don't know how I feel about the love at first sight stuff, but I'll definitely keep my eyes open for more Debra Anastasia books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 09-06-13
    Rachel Oceanside, CA, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "LAME writing at best! Made me cringe!"
    Any additional comments?

    I read the reviews that raved about this book and based on the description of the book, it sounded like a sweet, romantic storyline. It had so much potential but the execution and poor writing was a disaster.

    First of all, it seemed like a high-schooler wrote this book because of how immature everything was. I mean seriously, the scene with Kyle and Cole in the church, meeting for the first time... That was so unrealistic and fantastical that it just felt silly, as did most of the book.

    The dialogue between the characters was completely lame, and again, total high-school mentality. So many times as I was listening to it I just felt annoyed at the terrible writing and it kept making me cringe.

    The narration was also unpleasant to listen to. Her voice was pinched and nasally and she made people sound like valley girls. Her execution and interpretation was off, in my opinion. I could not even finish this book because it was just that lame. A teenager would probably enjoy this book but it is too explicit and crass for teens so really I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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