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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Excellent

    Love all deborah smith novels, amazing

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  • Posted April 30, 2011

    charming about water people

    Its a charming story of water people, excepting differences in our selves and others. Alice lived most of her life being hated for being different. Boys assaulted her and laughed. Her family hated her. She was told her teenage mom killed herself because of her.

    Alice lives alone by a lake in a cabin. Where she feels safer and more at peace swimming in the lake. Alice works at a pet store. Alice has never left her area.

    One day while swimming nude in the freezing water she hears a scream of child fell into the lake. Alice is aways off but swims faster than anyone believes and can hold her breath for over an hour. Rescues the child. Instead of being grateful everyone thinks she might have done it for glory, because no one believes her truth. the child grandfather is the state govenor. Alice is given award but no one really celebrates what she did.

    Her other side of the family just realizes by the paper who Alice is and comes to take her home with them and tells her about her family.

    Griff is a treasure hunter and has unbelieveable talents for finding ships and exploring them. An old world war bomb explodes in the water killing everyone else but him he hears Alice in his mind telling him to breath that he can. Griff lives but has broken legs and other wounds and comes back to his home.

    Alice and Griff learn together about thier families and the journeys they have gone on and what really happened and where they came from.

    I enjoyed the story.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    strong character study

    Though it is February, Odd Alice swims the icy waters of Lake Riley high in the Georgia Mountains as if it is a summer day. Her idyllic watery solace ends with a splash and a vision. She rescues a child who fell into the lake and Griffin Randolph, the treasure seeker starring in her vision who faces death from an underwater explosion near Spain until just Alice pleaded with him to breath. Because the child she saved is related to the Governor, Alice becomes a publicized hero with the Bonaviendier siblings attending the ceremony and claiming she is one of them. They prove their contention as they share the same webbed feet. Alice visits the three sisters at their Sainte's Point Island home where she also meets Griffin. As Alice begins to learn about her mermaid heritage, she and Griffin fall in love, but their families have been feuding for quite awhile as landlubbers and water people have never mixed. ALICE AT HEART is a tremendous opening book of what appears to be the beginnings of a long delightful series starring the residents of Sainte's Point and the across the bay town of Bellemeade. The story line predominately focuses on a first person account by Alice, but does switch to third person accounts of other prime players deftly handled by Deborah Smith so that the audience obtains a deeper understanding of the cast. Though the tale suffers from the first novel syndrome of introducing the entire universe in one sitting, Ms. Smith provides a powerful and absorbing novel that at its heart is simply fun to read. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2002

    I Love This Book

    Deborah Smith is a breath of fresh air and Romantic Times got it right. Alice at Heart is a wonderful read that kept me turning the pages. You won't be able to put this book down. If you like similar titles, I just finished a book that Romantic Times awarded a Top Pick called Shade of the Maple by Kirk Martin. What an amazing story with an end you will never forget. You won't believe it's written by a man! I look forward to Deborah Smith's next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2001

    Alice at Heart will Captivate Yours

    Deborah Smith¿s novel, Alice At Heart, portrays the life of Alice Riley, a woman who has suffered at the hands of her mother¿s self-righteous family. Alice, a thirty-four year old woman is undaunted by the cold, has webbing between her toes, and seems more at home in the water than on land. We witness an act of bravery. Alice risks her anonymity by saving a child from drowning. Unknown to the heroine, the child is the governor¿s granddaughter. We are drawn deeper into the plot when Alice is recognized by her community for heroism. She is also confronted by the Bonavendier women who claim to be her half sisters. Alice, raised in the mountains, begins her trek to the shores of Georgia to discover her roots, the reason for her mother¿s suicide, and to meet the man she has only met in her mind¿s eye. Smith uses Alice¿s voice throughout the book. But when she shifts the focus to other characters, ennoble Lilith, caustic Mara, and whimsical Pearl, Alice¿s half-sisters, or the aquatic entrepreneur, Griffin Randolph, the author employs the third person, providing an effective technique that further captivates our attention. Alice At Heart is the story of a love-hate relationship between two families, the land loving Randolphs and the people of the sea, the Bonavendiers. Only Alice and Griffin have the potential of mending the chasm that separates them. Deborah Smith sparks our interest with the existence of mermaids. She teases us with facts interspersed in the novel with a final climax that makes this fantasy love story an essential book to read. Readers are interested in quality writing, a gripping plot, and characters that we care for. This is the essence of this breath taking novel, Alice At Heart. I guarantee that it will win over yours.

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