• by Debra Anastasia
  • Narrated by Marti Dumas
  • 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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I read quite a few reviews before I purchased this book, both on Audible & Amazon. It seemed people either loved the book or didn't. While I will have to listen to the book again to get all the details clear in my head I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't think of an emotion this book didn't draw out of me through the journey. I didn't think I would fall in love with the characters in the book but I did. I can't explain what exactly it was about the writing specifically that worked so well for me but I was entertained the entire book.

Perhaps I connected so deeply with this book because I love authors like K'wan and Carl Weber to Maya Banks and Sylvia Day to Kristin Hannah. I felt this book brought so many different writing genre's together that I couldn't help but enjoy the story.

This book will definitely be one I listen to repeatedly and recommend to friends. So if you are ready for a book that is not predictable, highly emotion and action packed this is a great book for you.
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- Amazon Customer "I've been an avid reader since I was a child. I love different types of writing styles and I am never afraid to try new authors."

Amazing book, horrid narration

What made the experience of listening to Poughkeepsie the most enjoyable?

This is such an amazing story. Everything about it kicks convention in the teeth, and I love that. Our main character is not necessarily an Alpha Male, but he is the sweetest, most amaing guy around... and homeless. Livia is a sweet, innocent, badass when she needs to be, understanding woman. She's relatable and likable. And she and Blake together are just... ahhhhh...

What did you like best about this story?

Everything. There is no typical in this book. Everything is unique and twisted from the norm. It's touching, beautiful, and filled with so much emotion!

How could the performance have been better?

I seriously disliked the narration of this book. I use Audible because I listen to the books in my car on my 2 hour daily commute. The speaker whispered many parts (Usually Livia's thoughts) so low that I would CONSTANTLY have to rewind and relisten to parts - not easy to do while driving. And if I turned the volume up to understand the whispering, when her normal tone returned, it was loud as all get out.
I also felt her delivery was off. Sentences were not intoned properly for the content, which left it feeling like someone reading to children at the library. I loved this book so freakin much, but it was because of the tale, not the telling.
I was actually a bit upset at how off so much of the performance was, because I would hate to think that people would not get the full effect and impact of the story because of it's narration. I would actually pay for this book a third time if I could get a different reader... Therese Plummer is fantastic, any way we could get a redo?

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not your average girl meets not your typical man. Love knows no boundries, restraints, or background.

Any additional comments?

Please re-record this. This story is powerful, beautiful, and sweet. Performance really matters.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-16-2013
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing