Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Review: Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Book Blurb

He counts her smiles every day and every night at the train station. Morning and evening, a beautiful commuter acknowledges him, just like he's anyone 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.
Tracing the path of her daily trek to the city, Livia McHugh is convinced she's the same. The same as a million other girls. Nothing special— certainly no one to be cherished. She continues on her way, smiling politely at everyone, never imagining that some people rely on her simple human gesture to jumpstart their day.
Then comes the moment when Livia must do more than smile. She steps into the fray to defend the homeless man, never expecting his voice to trickle so thrillingly down her spine. After the danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something within each of them as it evolves into love.
It seems simple, and it's certainly exciting, but their bond must soon prove its strength. Entanglements from the past will prove a challenge to 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 the most 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, selfless 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.


Poughkeepsie is a story of love. Many different kinds of love. Some of my favorite relationships were between the brothers, who would do anything to protect each other. The romantic relationships are swoon-worthy, especially that between Livia and Blake and I found that the honest and raw description of Blake’s character had me looking differently at the homeless people in my own town. What was their story? What had happened in their life to lead them to sleeping in the streets? I could identify with Livia’s desire to rescue Blake and struggled with her as she had to allow him to suffer in order to help him.
I was surprised that by the end of the book that Beckett was my favorite character. His bad-boy image and the dangerous life he leads put me off him at first but as you delve deeper into his character and discover his motivations, he quickly won me over and I was cheering him on, even when he acted in a way I would normally find horrifying.
The third brother, Cole, has such an interesting character arc. He was the brother that I wondered about the most as his background isn’t delved into as deeply as Blake and Beckett’s are. The intensity of his relationship with Kyle (Livia’s sister) touched me deeply and I wanted to smack them both hard across the face a few times during the book… because I loved them so much.
This story had me turning the pages, laughing and feeling the prickle of tears behind my eyes. It is a well rounded story with strong characters and a fascinating story line. Well done to Debra Anastasia! She has another novel, Crushed Seraphim, which I am dying to read and if the writing is as strong as it is in Poughkeepsie then I’m sure I will love it!


Poughkeepsie can be purchased from AMAZON or OMNIFIC PUBLISHING


  1. Poughkeepsie is one of my favorite books! Of you haven't read it, get it!

  2. Ah, love. I'm looking forward to reading this! Great review.