Loss of Innocence

Loss of Innocence

by Richard North Patterson
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Loss of Innocence 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Several points: First, I was stunned by the high number of "typos!" I'd guess more than 20 of them. There is even a final one in the author's acknowledgement! But I certainly enjoyed the story. I'd forgotten the significance of the last name of the main character ("Blaine"). And I knew the author was a part-time resident of Martha's Vineyard. So it wasn't until his "Acknowledgement" that I realized that this book was actually the "precursor" of last year's book "Fall From Grace." How delightful!! So I immediately re-read last year's book and now look forward to the concluding book next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1968 was a watershed year and the story of that summer told through the eyes of a young woman preparing for her September wedding is brilliant. To read this book is to relive a very important time in history.
MaryGramlich More than 1 year ago
The summer of 1968 was a time for turbulent change in men, women, and the world we all lived in.  High profile political assassinations, back door dealings, and the war no one wanted to fight for in Vietnam.  For Whitney the turmoil is all background noise at first as she prepares for the wedding of her lifetime and goes about conducting daily exploits in her privileged life. When Whitney comes upon Ben a man her age with so much more life experience the perfect path Whitney had chosen becomes riddled with pot holes.  Ben is recovering from the turmoil created when Bobby Kennedy was murdered and the fact that he is about to be deployed to war.  He is cynical about life, bitter about his past, and determined not to live the life that everyone expects.  All this resonates with Whitney as she has always been the good girl doing everything that is expected of her but thinking that there has to be more than being someone’s wife and mother.  Everyone warns Whitney that Ben is corrupting her way of thinking clearly including her fiancé but the realization that you are your own woman capable of making your own choices is not scary but liberating. For Whitney it is not Ben that forces her to see life through different eyes but her own family that is not the perfect home everyone thought it to be.  If her parent’s marriage is not the standard for her achievement perhaps it is time to find something else to go after and try to realize her own dreams which are attainable. Fabulous read about a time that seems so far away but one we are living over and over again.
Doc_Writer_101 More than 1 year ago
This was a well-written, well-crafted story. It was interesting throughout, but my comments are not about the story. The only flaw I saw in this book was the editing. There were a half-dozen spelling or word usage mistakes that were clearly the work of a computerized spell checker. There were others that simply got by the final proofreaders. This is not what I expected from Patterson. But ignore those and enjoy the wonderful story.
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Very well-written, captivating, but some of the family details are hard to follow; try to ignore the typos if you can.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this 1968 story of Martha Vineyard residents, politics, and a young woman of the wealthy class coming of age. I did not realize it was part of a triology (the 2nd). I would consider it a summer beach read. An easy read that holds your attention.
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NookReaderLinda More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize this was the 2nd in a trilogy. The prologue was a bit confusing, wasn't sure who the characters were.. After reading the book, I went back and reread the prologue, which made more sense then. It was interesting reading about 1968 as I still remember that year well (the year I was married). I did like the characters of Whitney and Ben. I haven't read any of Patterson's previous novels. I might be more inclined to read his earlier ones. Don't think I will read the other 2 in this series.
HLMac64 More than 1 year ago
Not what I expected from Richard North Patterson, but I did enjoy it. I would have liked a little more out of the ending, but I still enjoyed the book just the same.
lindasue43 More than 1 year ago
Well written and evocative of the 60s. Patterson captured the confusion in gender and class roles during that turbulent time. I wish he had clarified the modern day characters as well as he did with the flashbacks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice well written story.  Enjoyed the Vineyard
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good book and sequel good and another to come - a good read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not up to earlier standards. this is a woman's book. ioprefer his thrillers.
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JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
I'm still uncertain about this latest book by RNP. I've read all his books and this one just doesn't seem like his style. After a few chapters I was tired of Whitney, her family and friends. I don't know why this book wasn't the first of the trilogy, introducing the characters for Fall From Grace". Just seems backwards. The main reason I'm undecided about the book is that the story was somewhat interesting, but not up to the type of books I've enjoyed by RNP. It was borderline trashy romance novel, not suspense, legal thrillers RNP has written in the past. I'll add RNP's books to the "buy when they hit the bargain table" list rather than when first published.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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