Poughkeepsie 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 l

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 worHe 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 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 unlik

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  1. Debra creates pretend people in her head and paints them on the giant, beautiful canvas of your imagination What an amazing job that is The stories hit her hard while driving the minivan or shaving her legs, especially when there s no paper and pen around She has written a smattering of books in a few genres paranormal romance, contemporary romance and romantic comedies She lives in Maryland with her husband and two amazing children.DebraAnastasia

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  1. There has been a great discussion in the comments about pulled Fanfictions and whether they are morally reprehensible for their past or should be judged based on their quality and degree of separation from their source material.Unfortunately this book fails both tests Yes, it is a reworked fanfiction I was willing to maybe put that aside if it was good because I remember the relationship dynamic and characters being very different from the source material and, indeed, being very different from a [...]

  2. samsawesomness 20PoughkeepsieBy Debra Anastasia scrubs hand over face WOW I m not sure I can adequately tell you how much I absolutely adored this book I have read some pretty great books, and I have read some amazing books this year Opinions are always subjective and in my opinion this book fell into the amazing group This was the kind of book that made me look back and rethink some of the 5 stars I have given this year when I actually just want to give this book than 5 stars Poughkeepsie is a [...]

  3. Every time I think I couldn t love you a bit , you stretch my heart again The first half of this book was wonderful it made me want to give the book 5 stars The story hooked me from the beginning, I loved the characters, and the writing style was beautiful But I felt the second half of the story was brought down by all the drama There was too much it it needed editing I d probably give the second half 3 3.5 stars I felt that the story kind of exploded, it became a little less focused on the cha [...]

  4. 3 Stars A fun story Poughkeepsietakes us on a rocky, inspirational journey of faith where characters struggle to overcome personal demons brought on by damaging childhoods and social injustices As delicate as this story seems, there are surprisingly many laugh out loud moments courtesy of its very quirky, tormented, but lovable characters Livia is a student who boards a train each morning where she sees Blake a beautiful, mysterious homeless man to whom she offers an honest smile daily She doesn [...]

  5. 4.5 STARS Us being in the same atmosphere is either a great cosmic catastrophe or the most serependitous rendezvous My Livia and Blake Everyday on her way to work, Livia smiles at everyone on the train station The homeless man in the shadows is no exception When the group of boys decide to bully and attack him Livia has to step up And so begins her unusual friendship with beautiful homeless man.Blake is haunted by demons from his past and he prefers to be secluded from ordinary world He lives fo [...]

  6. Where to begin Two words Mind Blown I ll start with casting I couldn t only cast Livia and Blake as there was so much to this story, so I ve picked what I think the six main characters would look like.Eve BeckettKyle ColeI loved the idea behind the story of Livia and Blake That in itself would have been enough for me but that isn t what you get with Poughkeepsie the story isn t about two people falling in love, it s about everybody surrounding them and the insane life they lead The surrounding [...]

  7. I originally read this book several months ago, and have been struggling with how to write a review that properly conveys just how special this book is And just how much this story, and each and every character has come to mean to me.Blake has been watching Livia from the shadows of the Poughkeepsie train station for months He loves her from afar, and counts each of the smiles she bestows upon him as she makes her way to and from work each day Her smiles are full of kindness, and not pity He sen [...]

  8. Us being in the same atmosphere is either a great cosmic catastrophe or the most serendipitous rendezvous you make the rest of the beautiful things in this world cry for even trying at all You make it hard for me to breathe.Wow What a fantastic story It s books like Poughkeepsie that make me rethink who really owns the publishing stage now a days There seems to be and hidden gems either being self published or picked up by the smaller houses that are starting to cause a major shift in the read [...]

  9. Quick review Cover It s fitting Rating NC 17 Steaminess Slow Burn Thumbs Up 4.5Overall Wonderful storyCharacters Rich, colorful and well thought outPlot A crafted tale that mixed than one life together.Page Turner Absolutely Series Cont N A Recommend HighlyBook Boyfriend BlakeSUMMARY 50 words or less This book has been recommended to me long ago And I regret the wait This was a delightful heartstings pulling tale that warmed me It s a story of selflessness told through many points of view The k [...]

  10. This book started out as a 5 star read for me, then about halfway through, the book took a turn that annoyed me, but it still held my interest, so I kept going Then it just got ridiculous, and very violent I have no qualms about reading about violence, but it didn t belong in this book, not to the level it was taken Over the top is an understatement Icing on the cake, and not in a good way family coming out of the woodwork, and I won t say any than that about it I started out reading a sweet, c [...]

  11. Spoiler Free Review4 STARSGenre Adult Romance SuspensefulI own a signed copyThis book has True Grit This bk get s 4 1 2 stars i enjoyed it very much Poughkeepsie was far far from what i was expecting You see the bk summary is just a small glimmer of what you get out of this story I thought i was gonna read a romance of how Livia a Psychology grad student falls for a homeless youngman named Blake at a train station but what i got was much much I will need to tell you all how the story is present [...]

  12. 5 Stars He counts You ve smiled at him four hundred and forty six times as of a few minutes ago He announces the number every time I see him This book was fantastic The first half of the book was a beautiful love story of Livia and Blake who I just loved Livia was such a great character She was kind and compassionate, and always tried to do the right thing Blake was just adorable, such the gentleman He was a sweetheart and the part where he counts her smiles, I love that The second half of the b [...]

  13. What would I do without What would I do without my friends who drop these amazing gems into my lap Poughkeepsie was EVERYTHING If you are looking for something that will make you cry, read Poughkeepsie If you are looking for some of the most amazing romance you can find, read Poughkeepsie If you are looking for an adrenaline pumping thrill read, FRICKING read Poughkeepsie There wasn t a male character in this book that I didn t fall madly in love with There wasn t a female character in this book [...]

  14. He counts You ve smiled at him four hundred and forty six times as of a few minutes ago He announces the number every time I see him Cole What a FAN FUCKING TASTIC read Seriously I don t think I can describe how much I loved this book I literally devoured it Who knew that all it would take is a smile and you can change someone life The characters Phenomenal The brotherhood between the 3 boys Amazing The story Exceptional The relationship between the 6 main characters Beautiful The love between B [...]

  15. You make the rest of the beautiful things in the world cry for even trying at all You make it hard for me to breathe This book has been on my TBR for such a long time and for some reason I kept putting it off, but I m so glad I finally decided to pick it up It was such a BEAUTIFUL and exceptionally original story Blake was adorable and sweet and I just wanted to give him a hug and Livia was a very strong, admirable heroine Aside from them I also loved the other brothers Cole and Beckett, Livia s [...]

  16. 6 Magical Stars Fave book of January 2014 Would you ever give a homeless person a chance Not a dollar, or a meal.a chance Would you Would you ever look at them an equal Well, Livia does just that She sees Blake every day and smiles at him like she would anyone else She doesn t realize that these mere smiles are the peak of his day Poughkeepsie is an amazing story about appearances not being what they seem, about life, about struggle, love, and pain Blake is troubled and might be perceived as ugl [...]

  17. I should have listened to my friends when they advised me against reading Poughkeepsie But I was interested in the idea of a girl falling for a homeless guy, so I decided to read it anyway.From the beginning I was overwhelmed with the cheesy lines Livia behaved like and adolescent and Blake didn t stir up any emotions except for pity It is said that from hate to love is only one step, but I think that for women from pity to love is 1 3 of this step It s in our DNA for some bizarre reason So I un [...]

  18. 3 starsPoughkeepsie is a beautiful and touching love story with wonderfully developed and endearing characters Unfortunately, horrible editing or complete lack of editing reduced what could have been an amazing book into a mediocre book at best.

  19. 4.5 stars Blake doesn t ask her for money He doesn t know her name All he wants to do is count her smiles The book was all the things I wanted to read I can t be any happier to say that I m glad I picked it up I saw the trailer video first and just halfway through the video I was teary eyed PPoughkeepsie is surely one of my favorites, because It is a very unique novel There are books which follow the same old story line and just change the characters, but Poughkeepsie was something very new that [...]

  20. Wowt at all what I was expecting I mean this in a bad way, obviously Not a thing in this book seemed realistic to me The characters weren t complex, instead they were predictable, silly, unlikeable and everything about them screamed stereotype me It s a pity, because I really wanted to like this book I heard so many wonderful things about it Now the only thing that s crossing my mind is how can people find this beautiful, romantic and well written It s cheesy, creepy and lacks depth, complexity [...]

  21. I m giving this mother effin book 5 starske for real LOL.I m not sure how to accurately review this book Lets begin with, I LOVED IT Its such a rare treat to find a story that not only has you in tears, but also makes you giggle and laugh at the same time This book had it all Tons and tons of drama, heartache, laughter, violence, and lets not forget the explicit banter Having a sailor mouth myself, I ate it all up and loved every minute of it I felt the language just added hidden beauty to the [...]

  22. I don t even know where to start with this review I suppose I will start by saying that I loved every page, every word in this story It ticked all of my boxes for what I enjoy in an entertaining story It had romance, sex,violence,humor,frienship,loyalty,and the biggest theme family When I began this book, I expected a love story about a homeless boy named Blake Hartt, and a girl from a middle class family that comes across Blake on her way to school each day at the underground train station Livi [...]

  23. I thought this book would never end It just didn t hold my attention I am glad I tried it but I m not sure I can make it through book 2

  24. I was so disappointed I was so excited to read this book because the subject was so unique And for the first third to the first half of the book, I was enthralled I loved it Sure, it could be a tad melodramatic at times, but the arc was solid, the writing was good, and I loved the main characters Livia and Blake They were believable, and I was really looking forward to watching their romance play out and see them overcome whatever conflicts came their way Then somewhere about a third of the way [...]

  25. Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie Oh, PoughkeepsieWhat do I say about you It took me awhile to finish this, only because people kept STEALING MY COPY I ve wanted to read it for a long time because I heard nothing but wonderful things, and Poughkeepsie certainly didn t disappoint Blake s character tugged at my heart strings, him and Livia s relationship wholesome and sweet It was hopeful, yet heartbreaking certainly proves the point that you can t judge a book by its cover.Without a doubt, [...]

  26. Updated 10 9 12 I would like to point out that I read and reviewed this book in late 2011, upon its publication before the mass exodus of Twilight fanfics into publication as original fiction My opinion in regards to P2P has since changed and I no longer condone nor support the practice, no matter how much I loved the fanfic from where it came.I have shelved this as rewritten fanfiction I read the original fic online when it was Edward and Bella, and Jasper and Alice, and Emmett and Rosalie I lo [...]

  27. Deeply TouchingI ve been wanting to read this story for some time due to the many elements that appeal to me healing, redemption, crime, a psychology graduate student character Livia , a homeless character Blake , and a story full of emotion Wow I got all that and .Livia is one of the kindest people around She smiles at everyone, including the quiet homeless man who frequents the shadows of the Poughkeepsie train station One morning when some thugs threaten the man Livia s come to known as Green [...]

  28. Let me start by saying that this book was not at all what I thought it would be I expected a sappy love story, and had no problem with that But the story evolves into a truly gripping tale of family, love and acceptance More than anything, it brings to light that the choices you make the choice to ridicule or bully, or the choice to turn away in apathy, may not seem huge to you But your smile could mean so much to someone who is normally overlooked And a helping hand could change lives.For the f [...]

  29. 4.5 stars Livia takes the train to work every day and smiles at everyoneeven the homeless guy One day, he is being bullied and Livia steps up to help him and her life changes from that moment on Wowis book is sooo much that I thought it would be and sooo different Yes, it is a love story with a homeless guy but you have to give it a chance It will be worth it Blake is sweet and kind and romantic but he has some problems It s a bit scary for Livia but she follows her heart even though she has a [...]

  30. The cast of characters brought this drama to life I found myself longing to be a part of their unshakable family While homeless, tormented Blake was finding happiness counting Livia s smiles, I was on the edge of my seat counting his.

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