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Poughkeepsie (The Poughkeepsie Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Debra Anastasia
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"This is a gorgeous book, just beautiful storytelling, and one of my favorites this year. I’m crossing my fingers for a sequel. Thank you Debra Anastasia, you blew my mind, made my heart pound, brought tears to my eyes, and made me laugh… a lot!"" ~ Rhonda from Sam, Elena, and Rhonda's Awesomeness Book Review Blog 5+ AMAZING STARS!!

"There is plenty of action, suspense, romance and hilarity to be found in Poughkeepsie. Debra Anastasia has outdone herself with her latest novel and as long as she keeps writing like this I will keep reading." ~ Nicole at All I Ever Read Book Review Blog

"All of Anastasia’s characters are both horribly broken and unbelievably strong in their own way. Each one is a different side of the same coin, a paradox. It is the beautiful paradox of good and evil, right and wrong, compassion and revenge that make this one of my favorite books of the year." ~ Autumn at Open Book Society

"I'm telling you Debra Anastasia has become one of my favourite indie authors of 2011, and I know that whatever else she releases in the New Year, will be just as good, just as funny and just as sexy as Crushed Seraphim and Poughkeepsie." ~ Jessica at Book Passion for Life

"This book has the perfect combination of drama and action. Poughkeepsie was written to perfection." ~ Wanda at Good Choice Reading

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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Product Details

  • File Size: 837 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Omnific Publishing; 1st edition (November 21, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BHR94Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and Mysterious--Loved it! January 8, 2012
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Oh, where do I start?! I've read Poughkeepsie 5 times straight through. On the last read, I told myself I would take my time and find the secret behind why I loved this book so much. Nope, got sucked right back into it and couldn't put it down. I loved it so much I bought five copies for Christmas presents...something I never do. No one in my fams really reads like I do, but I gave it to them anyways. I came away from this book feeling like I wanted to be a better person and I wanted to share that with everyone else.

Now, with all my fan girl stuff do want to tell you that I didn't think Poughkeepsie was perfect. Technically there were a few proofs that could have been corrected, but that's with almost every book nowadays, including my own, so I don't fault for that. My bestie and I have had a grand time picking this book apart technically and discovering that Ms. Anastasia has managed to break a few of the rules that we've been told time and again not to do... and guess what... it didn't distract us from the story.

All three couples in this book are rich, vibrant people. I've teased that they felt like real people even. I'm not joking. The magic in this book is in the normal...the subtle. It's the chemistry between the two sisters when their dad is out of the room. It's the serious love that these three men share for each other when no one else would love them. It's the vomit behind the bushes and the offer of mouthwash after...I know it's gross, but it's my fave moment in the book. Hey, it's me, of course I'm going to love the vomit scene.

But, if you're following along you'll get the big picture. It's not because Ms. Anastasia has over the top language in her dialogue--even though she does. It's not because Poughkeepsie is the perfect book.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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about this book.
This was a beautiful, touching, humorous and a sometimes heartbreaking book.
I thought this book was going to be a depressing and put off reading it for a while. So glad I finally picked it up.
the character of Blake was so well written and his unfolding relationship with Livia is just beautiful.
I'm not good at reviews and can't do justice to this book with my words.
I loved all the characters in this book. Beckett and Kyle were just wonderful and both had me chuckling out loud at times.
The relationship between Cole, Beckett and Blake was so well done and though each went their own ways, they had a deep love for each other that really came through in the writing.
I know when a book has been something out of the ordinary when I am still thinking about it long after turning the last page and this book definitely falls into that category.
I've put a few people onto this book and none have been disappointed.
This is a rare gem of a book. So go and read, devour and enjoy
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will make you want to be a better person! November 22, 2011
By Kelly
Format:Kindle Edition
Poughkeepsie, what can I say...When I first read it was about a homeless man I thought I can't go there, but I did and am I ever grateful that I made that choice...this book will make you laugh, it will make you think and it will take you on a ride of fun and crazy times, that will leave you breathless, sad and hopeful and always wanting more...Debra has a knack for writing to make you laugh until you cry...So give her a try!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Autumn Review for Poughkeepsie December 27, 2011
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Livia McHugh is a grad student that rides the train everyday and night to and from school. She's friendly and smiles to everyone at the train station. Then she begins to take notice of a homeless man. He's always there and offers her a smile in return. Blake Hartt counts her smiles everyday. He's at the station to watch for Livia day and night. He lives for her smile. Blake believes that despite the pain from his past and his delusions of who is today, Livia can see the real him. This unlikely pair go through many obstacles to get to their happy place together. Between, overcoming the stigma of being homeless, crazy ex's, mental illness, and extremely dysfunctional families, Livia and Blake create a beautiful love story.

My Take:
I've been fortunate lately to come across some really great reads. This was one of them. It's just so different. I LOVE that! On occasion when I read a book description, I think, "hmm...not sure about this." Then it becomes an all-time favorite. Blake and Livia's story was one of those for me. I really couldn't believe how they could find a way to live their love and overcome the issues of being homeless. They made it work and made it special. I think the overall story that the entire cast creates in excellent. I loved the supporting characters and felt that they could be strong leads in the story. Beckett is sooooo bad, but sooooo good too. There's just something about a really tough guy that's just hot! The ONLY thing I wasn't crazy about was the amount of violence at certain spots. It was a bit overdone and in my opinion the story didn't need to go that deep into the violence. Overall, I loved it and it will be a kept book in my personal library!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Author! May 18, 2013
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I had Poughkeepsie in my to-read list on GoodReads for quite a while. I had never read anything by this author so I guess I just put it off. It was a recommended read but I kept getting distracted by other books, whether borrowed or purchased. I decided it was long enough and started reading Poughkeepsie late at night. I put off the laundry, dinner and many other "chores" to finish it. Now, not only is this book in my top 5 favorite reads, it has been recommended by me to many others. This author really made me believe that there is kindness/humanity left in the world. I fell in love with almost all of the characters, so much that I can't really pin point which one is my absolute favorite. Without going into details, so as to not spoil it for others who may read this, there are characters who are unlikeable at first, but then you realize that one cannot judge until you know exactly where they come from. I felt like I was at the train station and cheering for them all. I wanted to cry for the characters throughout the book but then the author had me laughing too. I was a bit bummed when I finished, only to realize there will be a part 2. Hooray for Ms. Anastasia. She is one kick-ass author!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Different in an amazing sort of way
"I can't leave." Green Eyes took a huge breath. "This is the only place where I get to see you."

You know how you sometimes stumble upon a book, a series and you not... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Iza Matei
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing and great story.
Loved these characters and their stories. I can't wait to read more by this author. The writing style was entertaining and this was a hard book to put down.
Published 4 days ago by R T
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT
5stars all the way!!!!!

The author was able to make me fall in love with numerous book boyfriends and how often does that happen? Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I absolutely loved this book and the 2nd.
Published 19 days ago by nicole bickford
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I could not get into this book.
Published 21 days ago by Candace Balafoutis
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read!!
I wasn't so sure how a relationship between a woman and a homeless man with issues was going to work, but this book pulled it off in dramatic fashion. Read more
Published 22 days ago by LoriM
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss Poughkeepsie! Debra Anastasia at her best!
DEBRA ANASTASIA IS AMAZING!!!!!! She has created a world that you absolutely ache to be a part of! You find yourself so immersed in her writing that everything else falls away. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book!! Loved this book and Return to Poughkeepsie!! Can't wait for book 3!
Published 22 days ago by Jeannine Bertrand
1.0 out of 5 stars I wasted my precious Audible credit on this one
could not finish this book ... just too weird. I wasted my precious Audible credit on this one ... bad narrating too.
Published 27 days ago by Diane
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many good stories, not enough content
In the beginning this book seemed like it would be an amazing story with a situation I've not yet read about in many books. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Ladeemel
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Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There's dinner, the dogs, the two kids, and her violent IBS--which is under control thanks to medication except for occasional multi-tonal farts. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the weirdest mom on the block.

Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when--along with the animals and humans in her house--the voices of characters started whispering stories in Debra's ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots that wouldn't give up, wouldn't let go. Now they stalk her everywhere. Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and--fingers full of peanut butter--she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.

She's eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor.

Debra lives in Maryland with her family. You can find her at and on Twitter @Debra_Anastasia. But be prepared...

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Poughkeepsie Sequel
Hell yeah! I love this book so much. I was a fan way back when... I also look forward to many other books, I hope.

This story has all the necessary things to make a romance feel real. Emotions and heart are at the top of the list.
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