Author: Debra Anastasia
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Published Date: November 18, 2011
Format: Paperback & Kindle
Buy on Amazon: Paperback or Kindle
Author Website: http://www.debraanastasia.com/#!poughkeepsie
Synopsis from Back Cover:
I need to be honest, Debra Anastasia's Poughkeepsie is a book that I started to read with great hesitation. I had read fantastic things about Poughkeepsie on numerous GoodReads message boards. I had also seen that it was recommended to read if you enjoyed the Fifty Shades trilogy. This wasn't where my reluctance was coming from. My problem was that I had read a synopsis of Poughkeepsie which basically said the book centered around a homeless man who fell in love with an educated woman. The lady cured said homeless man of his issues, he got a job, and they all lived happily ever after.
WRONG WRONG WRONG! My perception couldn't have been more flawed. I would really be kicking myself had I not read Poughkeepsie. Debra Anastasia has written an excellent novel that grabbed me in the beginning and never let me go. She was able to create a world with extremely flawed, yet realistic, characters that I came to love. The plot was very solid, with many surprising twists and turns. Poughkeepsie really is a great novel, and I am already looking forward to rereading it.
In Anastasia's novel, Grad student Livia goes to the Poughkeepsie Train Station every morning to get to school. There she observes Blake, a quiet, homeless man who is always there. She is the one person who doesn't look right through Blake; instead she always has a genuine smile for him. One morning, Livia stands up to a group of teenagers that were harassing and roughing Blake up. Things were never the same as Livia realizes there is more to Blake than meets the eye. What starts as a friendship quickly develops into something much more that they expected.
Blake's two brothers are Cole, an aspiring Priest, and Beckett, a man who wears many hats (mainly the hats of drug distributor/pimp/arms dealer.) While these three men are not biological brothers, they became foster brothers at an impressionable age. When the world turned its back on these three abuse survivors, they came together and created their own family. After aging out of the Foster Care system, Beckett, Blake, and Cole remained brothers. Even though each brother chose a very different life path they remained incredibly devoted to one another.
While Blake and Livia are the main characters in Poughkeepsie, I really fell in love with the supporting characters. Cole, Kyle, Beckett, and Eve were all great 3 dimensional characters. Kyle had me laughing out loud at pretty much every word that came out of her mouth. My absolute favorite characters in Poughkeepsie were Beckett and Eve. Beckett and Eve are the most violent characters, and start chaos without blinking an eye. However, these are two beautifully flawed characters that I really bonded with. Beckett and Eve are who they are because of their painful pasts. Life is definitely not fair, but these two characters took the reins and made their own destiny.
Please be aware that this book is NOT for minors. Debra Anastasia's book is filled with profanity and graphic scenes. If you do not like cursing or violence in the novels you read, Poughkeepsie is probably not for you. Nevertheless, I think the language accurately reflects the people and circumstances in the novel.
I really hope there will be a sequel to Poughkeepsie. I would love to see more of all of the characters, but especially Beckett and Eve. I felt that their romance was left open ended, and I would really like Anastasia to revisit these two for some closure.
Debra Anastasia's Poughkeepsie is a fantastic book. I loved reading it and became attached to the characters she wrote about. Poughkeepsie is definitely a book that I recommend. This is one that deserves to be on everyone's TBR list!
Debra Anastasia and Omnific Publishing has provided me with a complimentary copy of the book, Poughkeepsie, for the purpose of review.