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Poughkeepsie

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16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Romance with heart

At its heart, it's a love story between a homeless man and a strong, brave woman, a love story between a man lost in his delusion and invisible to the world and the woman who sees him .

At its soul, it is way more than that. It's about friendship, redemption, loyalt...
At its heart, it's a love story between a homeless man and a strong, brave woman, a love story between a man lost in his delusion and invisible to the world and the woman who sees him .

At its soul, it is way more than that. It's about friendship, redemption, loyalty, trust, family (be it blood-related or not) and, above all, the saving grace of love.


Upon first opening the book, we are introduced to Livia McHugh, a college student who rides the train every morning from Poughkeepsie to the big city to attend her studies in psychology. She has a long-time boyfriend, and a smile for everyone who's waiting with her at the station, including the young, homeless man that everyone ignores and who lingers in the shadows by the station's platform.

Blake Hartt watches Livia from afar and counts her smiles every day, knowing that he'll never be with a girl like her since he has nothing to offer. He's too proud to accept charity and too broken from the mistreatment by his late mother to find his way out of homelessness into a 'normal' life. It is enough for him to know that Livia truly sees him - and he is rewarded with her smile every morning, and every night when she returns home.

Then one morning, a group of teenage boys accosts Blake with taunts and threats of violence. Livia is compelled to step between them, and getting them to leave Blake alone. He in turn is shocked but grateful that this young woman would come to his defense, and thus begins a friendship and then a love story that will make you laugh and cry and hug these characters to your chest, just to keep them safe. And at the end of the book, when you've followed their story all the way to its culmination, you feel as if you've been part of something amazing.

Blake Hartt is a very interesting character. He was abused and mistreated by his alcoholic mother and entered the foster care system at age 12 due to an incident that leaves him feeling guilty and thinking that his skin is made of glass and would repel anyone who'd see him in the sun. After he aged out of the system, he has no place to go. He lives in the shadows until Livia's love gives him the strength to move into the sunlight and become the man he was always meant to be. He has impeccable manners, keeps himself clean with the help of his foster brother Cole's shower, but refuses to accept anything he deems unearned. You cannot help but fall in love with this man and his quiet, proud and thoughtful demeanor.

Livia sees beyond the homeless part and begins her fight to bring this beautiful man back into the light. She has help from an amazing cast of other characters that enrich this book in their own special way.

One of my 2011 favorites, this book is a must-read. I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

posted by SB_ReadsALot on January 22, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Not recommended

This was recommended in my Nook recommendations after I read (and loved) Fifty Shades. I read about half of the book, optimistic that at some point I would connect with the characters and that I would be let a little more into their minds in a convincing way. Fail. This...
This was recommended in my Nook recommendations after I read (and loved) Fifty Shades. I read about half of the book, optimistic that at some point I would connect with the characters and that I would be let a little more into their minds in a convincing way. Fail. This was awful and I may have to reconsider whether I trust B and N recommendations in the future.

posted by 6436592 on April 1, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Starts out so strong

    If i had reviewed this book 1/4 of thw way in i would have given it 5 stars . The dynamic between livia and blake is so intriguing. But then its almost like the author got lost. I swear the first part compared to the middle is like a competely different book. I think the major pitfall is the supporting characters for me, most of them arent likable, albeight pitiful .there is too much focus on all of them, i mean really all 6 main characters all falling madly in love at the same time while they all find redemption from their broken lives, not buying it. But if the author focused more on livia and blake it would have been so much betterm blake was a great character. Last ill say the author had no restraint. A lot of very trashy language, which would be fine if it was from the characters but in the narration...seemed amaturish. Im all for raw dialog but this had no class. I give three despite this because it was only 1 dollar and because i did enjoy blake

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Good rea

    Different but nice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    A difficult read to get into

    With so many characters, and only spending a brief time with each, I felt lost. I could not get into the story while it was jumping so much. If you get passed that, I'm sure you'll like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Judge for yourself!!!!!!

    I read the B&N reviews on Poughkeepsie before I purchased the book and it seems like people either loved it or hated it. I enjoyed the sweet tenderness between Livia and Blake and found the dialogue heart wrentching and funny at times.

    What happened is the book went off into too many directions for me with the other characters and I am confused why the author did not make this a 3-book series. The situations these characters found themselves in and their reactions to same, is where the author lost me.

    I would have enjoyed more focus on Blake and Livia. There is so much I wanted them to explore and so much more detail I found myself wanting about them.

    This wasnt described as a "tween" book but I think it would fit that genre better. All in all...if you have a rainy day, I say go for it and read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    It was good

    It was good but way to much cussing for me.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

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    I liked Blake and Livia's story very much. It was beautiful and

    I liked Blake and Livia's story very much. It was beautiful and charming, and I applaud the originality of the plot. I did have one eensy problem with Ploughkeepsie, however and that's that the dialog just didn't match the freshness of the characters; their conversations were at times reminiscent of those I've read in typical dime store novels. I found this sad for such an otherwise well-crafted work. Still, the storyline was tender and endearing and I plan on recommending this book to others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

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    Loved reading this book!! Three stories being told with never ending excitement and wishing they all end happy. Brings out a lot of emotions, leaving you wanting more for this love story.

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