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Love, Alice Paperback – December 6, 2016
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"Love, Alice is part romance and part mystery, but at its heart is a beautifully layered story about surviving tragedy and discovering new connections in surprising and unexpected ways. The emotional journeys of the three main characters are made more engrossing by the descriptive language of Ms. Davis's writing and by the Charleston setting that is as much a character as the living, breathing ones.”—Karen White, bestselling author of Flight Patterns
"Love Alice is a masterfully told tale of secrets, lies, and regrets. Wrapped up with a good dollop of southern life, it is a powerful story about how families both hurt and heal one another. I loved every word!”—Barbara Claypole White, award-winning author of The Perfect Son
“There are few things as delicious as settling down to read a new Barbara Davis novel, and Love, Alice is every bit as intriguing and emotional a story as I’d anticipated. Heartfelt and beautifully written, Love Alice may be Barbara Davis’s finest work yet.”—Diane Chamberlain, USA Today Bestselling Author of Pretending to Dance
Praise for the Novels of Barbara Davis
“Davis’s writing is heartfelt and effective.”—Kirkus Reviews
“[Davis’s] characters shine with wit and charm.”—Erica Marks, author of The Last Treasure
“Davis is genuinely proving herself to be one of the strongest new voices of epic romance.”—RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)
About the Author
After spending more than a decade as an executive in the jewelry business, Barbara Davis decided to leave the corporate world to finally pursue her lifelong passion for writing. Love, Alice is her fourth novel, following Summer at Hideaway Key, The Wishing Tide, and The Secrets She Carried. She currently lives in Rochester, New Hampshire, with her husband Tom, and their beloved ginger cat, Simon, and is working on her next book.
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Dovie, around whom the story revolves, eats lunch at a Charleston cemetery as she has done since her fiancé committed suicide two weeks before their scheduled wedding. For one year, she has been searching for answers, always assuming that she is responsible.
Her lunchtime is interrupted one day when an older woman places a letter on an adjoining grave. Dovie's curiosity gets the better of her. Upon reading the lettter, she learns that the woman, Dora from the U.K., had forced Alice, her daughter, to give up her child for adoption after giving birth at a Dickensian convent in 1960 (difficult to believe such places continue to exist). Dora, grief and guilt filled, has exhausted every resource searching for Alice and her grandchild. She eventually learns that Alice worked as a nanny for one of Charleston's most prominent families, the Tates, and mysteriously died. But where is the grandchild? Why is a nanny buried in the family plot?
Through her job at a prestigious museum, Dovie is acquainted with Gemma Tate and her man-about-town son, both major benefactors to the arts. As she and Dora, united in grief and guilt, become fast friends, Dovie grows ever more curious about the relationship between the Tates and Alice. The letters raise more questions than answers.
Mystery and romance against the backdrop of one of America's most beautiful cities is a recipe for an enjoyable read. Barbara Davis cleverly inserts bits of local color, such as the restaurant called Porch. The description of the Gullah meal is so vivid that I had to quickly satisfy my craving for fried oysters! And for those inclined to cook, she includes some recipes in the appendix. My own preference: I would rather have the recipes separated from the story, as Ms. Davis has done.
LOVE, ALICE is a story of friendship and contains great lessons about dealing with guilt, particularly when blame is misplaced. So grab yourself a glass of sweet tea and enjoy! I think you are in for a treat.
This book, for me, was full of uncanny synchonitities in my own life. So I was in from the very start. Barbara weaves a story filled with connections, mystery, love, loss, and history you may have never known about. Many a girl was threatened into being a "good girl" with the idea she could end up in the Magdalene asylums. And many a woman was abused, enslaved, and broken by these places.
The minute you start reading Love, Alice you will be intrigued and wrapped up in solving the mysteries within. You won't regret this one.
Barbara Davis develops each character so thoroughly you feel like you know them personally!
It's a tragedy what happened to these young mothers, but with Love Alice, Mrs Davis spun a heart wrenching story with a lesson at the end! Read the story and find out what the lesson is, it's a great reminder :)
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All I have to say is that I am very glad I persevered.Read more
What an epic story! Dovie Larkin has spent the last year mourning the loss of her fiance as he committed suicide just...Read more