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Poughkeepsie

Written by: Debra Anastasia
Narrated by: Marti Dumas
Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins

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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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  • Nancy Devault
  • 2013-02-01

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!

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  • Boredom
  • 2013-05-07

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • LuluBee
  • 2013-04-24

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.

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  • Chris
  • 2013-03-18

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.

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  • Ambyr
  • 2013-05-22

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2013-08-20

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.

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  • irishred507
  • 2013-09-06

LAME writing at best! Made me cringe!

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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-30

Too long! But it started out so good...

This started out so very good. I liked the love story of Blake and Olivia. But the book seemed to lag when everyone else started paring up. And when *spoiler* Kyle and Cole got together, legitimately out of nowhere and then got married like only a few chapters later, I was done. This book took a hard turn into corny, unrealistic, and unimaginative real fast! It started to read like a Jonas Brother fan fiction. I couldn’t wait for it to end and by the time Olivia and Blake got married, I couldn’t have cared less about any of the characters. Ugh. This started out so good, I’m so disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-10

Great Story

What kind of heart must one have to not just notice a striking feature on a homeless person and speak but to give into an attraction? An attraction that by all accounts can't be when you're looking at someone who is most likely at their bottom. I didn't think this book would be as good as Mercy, Havoc and Locke but it compares well. I hope there is another book to this one . This book also shines a light on how judgemental people tend to get whether good or bad, when Blake says they see you, when she started to get deeper involved with him that was powerful to me and he was absolutely right.

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  • V from Kansas
  • 2019-04-24

An unique tale of unique people!

One of the things I love about the author, JA Huss, is her unique author’s notes, at the end of many of her novels; affectionately referred to as, “End of book shit”. During the EOBS, she explains from where the inspiration for the book came. I would love to know where Debra Anastasia got her inspiration for this book. All the main characters were emotionally scarred in some way. Although these scars left their marks, on their lives, they also allowed their most special traits to emerge. The Hero and his two “brothers” grew up together in the system. Their make shift family helped them to survive the harshness of their lives. This relationship continued in their adult years, in which, any of the three would sacrifice for one of the others. The Heroine and her sister were abandoned by their mother and those scars caused one to seek physical love to replace a mother’s love and the other to allow someone to emotionally control her. There are other supporting characters that will grab a piece of your heart, also. No, this isn’t a very sensual romance and, yes, there are a few cheesy lines. However, the story illustrates the most purest forms of love that come from deep in the soul. For this reason, this is not a book you want to miss.
-V from Kansas