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Poughkeepsie (The Poughkeepsie Brotherhood #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  11,931 Ratings  ·  1,601 Reviews
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 wor ...more
ebook, 409 pages
Published November 20th 2011 by Omnific Publishing
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Kat Kennedy
There has been a great discussion in the comments about pulled Fanfictions and whether they are morally reprehensible for their past or should be judged based on their quality and degree of separation from their source material.
Unfortunately this book fails both tests. Yes, it is a reworked fanfiction. I was willing to maybe put that aside if it was good because I remember the relationship dynamic and characters being very different from the source material and, indeed, being very different from
Nov 30, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

By Debra Anastasia

*scrubs hand over face* WOW!!

I'm not sure I can adequately tell you how much I absolutely adored this book!

I have read some pretty great books, and I have read some amazing books this year. Opinions are always subjective and in my opinion this book fell into the amazing group. This was the kind of book that made me look back and rethink some of the 5 stars I have given this year when I actually just want to give this book mor
Aestas Book Blog
Dec 09, 2011 Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Every time I think I couldn’t love you a bit more, you stretch my heart again.”

The first half of this book was wonderful- it made me want to give the book 5 stars. The story hooked me from the beginning, I loved the characters, and the writing style was beautiful. But I felt the second half of the story was brought down by all the drama. There was too much it – it needed more editing! I'd probably give the second half 3-3.5 stars. I felt that the story kind of exploded, it became a little l
Kristin (KC)
*3 Stars!*

A fun story!

Poughkeepsie takes us on a rocky, inspirational journey of faith where characters struggle to overcome personal demons brought on by damaging childhoods and social injustices. As delicate as this story seems, there are surprisingly many laugh-out-loud moments—courtesy of its very quirky, tormented, but lovable characters. 

Livia is a student who boards a train each morning where she sees Blake—a beautiful, mysterious homeless man to whom she offers an honest smile daily. S

I originally read this book several months ago, and have been struggling with how to write a review that properly conveys just how special this book is. And just how much this story, and each and every character has come to mean to me.

Blake has been watching Livia from the shadows of the Poughkeepsie train station for months. He loves her from afar, and counts each of the smiles she bestows upon him as she makes her way to and from work each day. Her smiles are full of kindness, and not pity. He
Apr 22, 2012 Lucia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookshelves, antik
"Us being in the same atmosphere is either a great cosmic catastrophe or the most serependitous rendezvous."

My Livia and Blake:

Everyday on her way to work, Livia smiles at everyone on the train station. The homeless man in the shadows is no exception. When the group of boys decide to bully and attack him Livia has to step up. And so begins her unusual friendship with beautiful homeless man.

Blake is haunted by demons from his past and he prefers to be secluded from ordinary world. He l
Smitten's Book Blog

Where to begin? Two words... Mind. Blown.
I'll start with casting. I couldn't only cast Livia and Blake as there was so much more to this story, so I've picked what I think the six main characters would look like.

Eve & Beckett

Kyle & Cole

I loved the idea behind the story of Livia and Blake! That in itself would have been enough for me but that isn't what you get with Poughkeepsie... the story isn't about two people falling in love, it's about everybody surrounding them and the insane life
Dec 29, 2011 Arlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Us being in the same atmosphere is either a great cosmic catastrophe or the most serendipitous rendezvous.

... you make the rest of the beautiful things in this world cry for even trying at all. You make it hard for me to breathe.

Wow! What a fantastic story!

It’s books like Poughkeepsie that make me rethink who really owns the publishing stage now-a-days. There seems to be more and more hidden gems either being self-published or picked up by the smaller houses that are starting to cause a major
This book started out as a 5 star read for me, then about halfway through, the book took a turn that annoyed me, but it still held my interest, so I kept going. Then it just got ridiculous, and very violent. I have no qualms about reading about violence, but it didn’t belong in this book, not to the level it was taken. Over the top is an understatement. Icing on the cake, and not in a good way…family coming out of the woodwork, and I won’t say any more than that about it. I started out reading a ...more
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: It’s fitting
Rating: NC-17
Steaminess: Slow Burn
Thumbs Up: 4.5
Overall: Wonderful story
Characters: Rich, colorful and well thought out
Plot: A crafted tale that mixed more than one life together.
Page Turner: Absolutely
Series Cont.? N/A
Recommend: Highly
Book Boyfriend: Blake

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

This book has been recommended to me long ago. And I regret the wait. This was a delightful heartstings pulling tale that warmed me. It’s a story of selflessness told through m
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review
Genre: Adult Romance-Suspenseful
I own a signed copy

This book has True Grit!!!

This bk get's 4 1/2 stars i enjoyed it very much!
Poughkeepsie was far far from what i was expecting. You see the bk summary is just a small glimmer of what you get out of this story. I thought i was gonna read a romance of how Livia a Psychology grad student falls for a homeless youngman named Blake at a train station but what i got was much much more. I will need to tell you all how the stor
5 Stars!
"He counts. You've smiled at him four hundred and forty-six times as of a few minutes ago. He announces the number every time I see him."

This book was fantastic! The first half of the book was a beautiful love story of Livia and Blake (who I just loved) Livia was such a great character. She was kind and compassionate, and always tried to do the right thing. Blake was just adorable, such the gentleman. He was a sweetheart and the part where he counts her smiles, I love that! The secon
Wendy F
What would I do without Goodreads! What would I do without my Goodreads friends who drop these amazing gems into my lap?!

Poughkeepsie was EVERYTHING. If you are looking for something that will make you cry, read Poughkeepsie. If you are looking for some of the most amazing romance you can find, read Poughkeepsie. If you are looking for an adrenaline pumping thrill read, FRICKING read Poughkeepsie!!

There wasn't a male character in this book that I didn't fall madly in love with. There wasn't a fe
"You make the rest of the beautiful things in the world cry for even trying at all. You make it hard for me to breathe.”

This book has been on my TBR for such a long time and for some reason I kept putting it off, but I'm so glad I finally decided to pick it up. It was such a BEAUTIFUL and exceptionally original story. Blake was adorable and sweet and I just wanted to give him a hug and Livia was a very strong, admirable heroine. Aside from them I also loved the other brothers Cole and Becket
Kellie Maddox-Ward
"He counts. You've smiled at him four hundred and forty six times as of a few minutes ago. He announces the number every time I see him." - Cole

Seriously I don't think I can describe how much I loved this book. I literally devoured it!

Who knew that all it would take is a smile and you can change someone life?
The characters.. Phenomenal!
The brotherhood between the 3 boys... Amazing
The story... Exceptional
The relationship between the 6 main characters?!...
6 Magical Stars!!!

Fave book of January 2014!

Would you ever give a homeless person a chance? Not a dollar, or a meal....a chance. Would you? Would you ever look at them an equal? Well, Livia does just that. She sees Blake every day and smiles at him like she would anyone else. She doesn't realize that these mere smiles are the peak of his day. Poughkeepsie is an amazing story about appearances not being what they seem, about life, about struggle, love, and pain. Blake is troubled and might b
Jan 25, 2012 Sofija rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should have listened to my friends when they advised me against reading “Poughkeepsie”. But I was interested in the idea of a girl falling for a homeless guy, so I decided to read it anyway.
From the beginning I was overwhelmed with the cheesy lines. Livia behaved like and adolescent and Blake didn’t stir up any emotions except for pity. It is said that from hate to love is only one step, but I think that for women from pity to love is 1/3 of this step. It’s in our DNA for some bizarre reason.
3 stars

Poughkeepsie is a beautiful and touching love story with wonderfully developed and endearing characters. Unfortunately, horrible editing or complete lack of editing reduced what could have been an amazing book into a mediocre book at best.
Kajal Nehra
Dec 30, 2011 Kajal Nehra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

"Blake doesn't ask her for money. He doesn't know her name. All he wants to do is... count her smiles."

The book was all the things I wanted to read. I can't be any happier to say that I'm glad I picked it up. I saw the trailer video first and just halfway through the video I was teary-eyed! :P
Poughkeepsie is surely one of my favorites, because:

- It is a very unique novel. There are books which follow the same old story line and just change the characters, but Poughkeepsie was something
Nov 28, 2011 Margarida rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, didnt-finish
Wow...not at all what I was expecting. I mean this in a bad way, obviously. Not a thing in this book seemed realistic to me. The characters weren't complex, instead they were predictable, silly, unlikeable and everything about them screamed "stereotype me". It's a pity, because I really wanted to like this book. I heard so many wonderful things about it. Now the only thing that's crossing my mind is how can people find this beautiful, romantic and well-written? It's cheesy, creepy and lacks dept ...more
Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog
I'm giving this mother-effin book 5++ for real! LOL.

I'm not sure how to accurately review this book. Lets begin with, I LOVED IT!!!. Its such a rare treat to find a story that not only has you in tears, but also makes you giggle and laugh at the same time. This book had it all. Tons and tons of drama, heartache, laughter, violence, and lets not forget the explicit banter. Having a sailor mouth myself, I ate it all up and loved every minute of it. I felt the language just added more
I don't even know where to start with this review. I suppose I will start by saying that I loved every page, every word in this story. It ticked all of my boxes for what I enjoy in an entertaining story. It had romance, sex,violence,humor,frienship,loyalty,and the biggest theme; family. When I began this book, I expected a love story about a homeless boy named Blake Hartt, and a girl from a middle class family that comes across Blake on her way to school each day at the underground train station ...more
Mary B.
I was so disappointed. I was so excited to read this book because the subject was so unique. And for the first third to the first half of the book, I was enthralled. I loved it. Sure, it could be a tad melodramatic at times, but the arc was solid, the writing was good, and I loved the main characters - Livia and Blake. They were believable, and I was really looking forward to watching their romance play out and see them overcome whatever conflicts came their way.

Then somewhere about a third of
J.m. Darhower
May 21, 2012 J.m. Darhower rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie... Oh, Poughkeepsie...

What do I say about you?

It took me awhile to finish this, only because people kept STEALING MY COPY. I've wanted to read it for a long time because I heard nothing but wonderful things, and Poughkeepsie certainly didn't disappoint. Blake's character tugged at my heart strings, him and Livia's relationship wholesome and sweet. It was hopeful, yet heartbreaking... certainly proves the point that you can't judge a book by its cover.

Ezinwanyi~ThatEzi  (Oh My Shelves)
Jun 17, 2014 Ezinwanyi~ThatEzi (Oh My Shelves) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ezinwanyi~ThatEzi by: Shari Lee
I thought this book would never end. It just didn't hold my attention. I am glad I tried it but I'm not sure I can make it through book 2
Updated 10/9/12: I would like to point out that I read and reviewed this book in late 2011, upon its publication before the mass exodus of Twilight fanfics into publication as 'original' fiction. My opinion in regards to P2P has since changed and I no longer condone nor support the practice, no matter how much I loved the fanfic from where it came.

I have shelved this as rewritten fanfiction. I read the original fic online when it was Edward and Bella, and Jasper and Alice, and Emmett and Rosalie
Duchess Nicole
Let me start by saying that this book was not at all what I thought it would be. I expected a sappy love story, and had no problem with that. But the story evolves into a truly gripping tale of family, love and acceptance. More than anything, it brings to light that the choices you make - the choice to ridicule or bully, or the choice to turn away in apathy, may not seem huge to you. But your smile could mean so much to someone who is normally overlooked. And a helping hand could change lives.

Sharon ∞❥ is an angst book junkie ❥∞
**4.5 stars**

Livia takes the train to work every day and smiles at everyone...even the homeless guy. One day, he is being bullied and Livia steps up to help him and her life changes from that moment on.

Wow...this book is sooo much more that I thought it would be and sooo different. Yes, it is a love story with a homeless guy but you have to give it a chance. It will be worth it.

Blake is sweet and kind and romantic but he has some problems. It's a bit scary for Livia but she follows her heart e
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

Four Healing Stars!

There were things I loved and things I really didn't like about this book. It's basically about three adult foster-brothers and their close bond, their scars, their battles in life after childhoods riddled with pain. Each brother gets his history and current story within this long book. That, however, was the reason for the deduction of a star. I felt I was in a maze and every chapter went in a different direction, but in the end, all the paths converge.

Blake is a homeless ma
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“He kept his head down in what seemed to be a prayer. “He counts. You’ve smiled at him four hundred and forty-six times as of a few minutes ago. He announces the number every time I see him.” 135 likes
“You make the rest of the beautiful things in the world cry for even trying at all. You make it hard for me to breathe.” 108 likes
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