Saturday, February 25, 2012

Review - Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

Title and Author: Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2011
Paperback/Hardcover: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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? 

Poughkeepsie is a very interesting book with a unique story that caught my attention.
Blake Hartt is a homeless man who spends his days at a train station. Livia uses that train station every day and Blake is always there waiting to count her smiles. He keeps to himself and never bothers anyone so, one day, when some guys start picking on him, Livia decides to intervene. From that moment on she just can’t seem to stay away from the mysterious Blake.
The characters in this book are great. Blake is extremely sweet and a perfect gentleman even though he’s obviously broken and has a lot of issues to deal with.
Livia is a good character as well. She’s strong and brave and is not afraid to spend time with Blake even though most people are against their relationship.
Blake’s brothers are definitely great and bring a lot to the story, especially Beckett with his big personality and protectiveness. I think Eve was perfect for him.
All the other characters like Mouse and Livia’s father brought a lot to the story as well. Every character has a purpose in this story and they all seem real.
The book is well-written and the plot develops nicely, even though I thought it dragged on for a little while. There are moments that will make you smile and moments that will make you want to cry.
The romance in the book is really good and so is the action.
All in all Poughkeepsie is a powerful and unique story that I think any Contemporary Romance fan will be able to enjoy.
Warning: This book contains language and violence.

Rating: Worth Your Time ( 4 Stars)


  1. hMM the story does sound very intriguing. I haven't heard much about it, but it looks good! Thanks for the review.

  2. I don't know if i'm wrong but before the publishing, Poughkeepsie was a fanfic! Well, even then, the book sounds really good! Hopefully I can buy it soon! Thanks for the review!

  3. sounds awesome!! thanks for the review!!