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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?
In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once.
©2011 Omnific Publishing (P)2012 Omnific Publishing
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By Boredom on 05-07-13

Absolutely loved this book couldn't put it down

What did you love best about Poughkeepsie?

The story line. It was so interesting

What did you like best about this story?

It kept me on my toes

Have you listened to any of Marti Dumas’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but it was really good she got me into the story really well

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made laugh and cry

Any additional comments?

A really amazing book

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By LuluBee on 04-24-13

Touching Love Story but...

First of all, the narrator did a wonderful job.
I loved the first half of this book. I would have given it 9 stars until the author seemed to lose her focus mid-way.

Girl meets homeless man, helps homeless man, falls in love with homeless man, homeless man moves in with girl, girl has a bully, psycho ex-boyfriend then the story falls apart. I was so disappointed.

It seemed the story climax was midway, then slid down the mountain with a crescendo, so to speak. Perhaps he story should have ended about two-thirds the way through.

There is a Poughkeepsie #2 due out this year. I am hoping the author will tie up a few dangling characters' futures and elaborate more on the 3 "brothers by choice". I will definitely purchase it.

I do recommend this book because I enjoyed the sweet love story. I admit I did cry as parts were most touching, I laughed and enjoyed the suspense.There were some sexy scenes well done.

It was a good read and worth the credit. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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By vicki on 05-08-15

Blake Hart

If you could sum up Poughkeepsie in three words, what would they be?

emotional,beautiful,actionpacked

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poughkeepsie?

Blake going into the sun

What aspect of Marti Dumas’s performance might you have changed?

not letting her do it she just didn't have any umph she seemed bored

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

no the whole book was brilliant thank god i read it myself before i listened to it

Any additional comments?

hope you bring the rest audiobook but different narrator

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