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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In this companion novella to Wake, Frank invites the Kirk family home to Smiths Falls for Thanksgiving weekend. Holidays are always a trial for the family that lost their daughter and sister, but Frank is hopeful that this Thanksgiving will be the exception. He has some happy news to share. If only he wasn't so reluctant to talk about it.
Paperback, 147 pages
Published August 23rd 2013 (first published July 22nd 2013)
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Amber Rose
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ya
First let me say this book does not have to be read after Wake, but it would be better if you did read Wake first. Because then you would have all the back information on both main characters Jem and Willa and how their story comes together.

When I seen this book came out I jumped on it. I loved Wake and loved both characters. They always kept a special place in my heart. Then this book came out and I was eager to jump back into these characters. This is a short book. Way shorter than Wake. But
Penny Margaret
Aug 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved Wake and so was excited to re-visit this universe. Some reviewers here have complained that you must read Wake first - yes. This novella won't make much sense if you don't, but lucky you! You have an excellent read in front of you!

I enjoyed Pigeons very much. It was so wonderful to hear about the characters again. But I do have two complaints. Perhaps I'm just greedy, but I want more! There seem to be several avenues that she introduces in this novella but doesn't resolve - Elise's prese
B at Spare Time Book Blog
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading Love Among Pigeons, I immediately went to Amazon and purchased Wake. After just reading this short novella I loved the characters. Willa and her boyfriend Jem go home for Thanksgiving and things don't quite go according to plan. I think just about everyone could relate to some of the events that took place. Whether it's Frank, Willa, or Jem. I have a feeling mine would be more like Jem's Thanksgiving. I believe we had pizza once for Thanksgiving dinner. The past plays a big role in ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I got the opportunity to read “Love Among Pigeons” by Abria Mattina, I jumped on it. Why would I not want another glimpse into a literary world that I had come to love? So here’s my review, keeping in mind that I don’t want to give anything away.

First, rewind. If you haven’t yet read “Wake” you need to get your priorities straight. (That, and “Wake” has to be read in order for this novella to make sense.) I purchased “Wake” in paperback form a year and a half ago and became so engrossed in
Rachelia (Bookish Comforts)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Love Among Pigeons tells the story of two Canadian families and groups of friends, coming together to celebrate Thanksgiving in Smith Falls, Ontario. However, the Kirk family has a lot of tension to work through, as they are still grieving the loss of their daughter and sister, Tessa. Frank invites his family to his apartment in hopes of telling them some big personal news. But can he do it? How will they react? Will the Kirk family finally come together or will this Tha
Milka Bago
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a perfect companion novella for the Wake. After all the stress Wake caused me, I of course, deserve a breather. This book really cracked me up that sometimes I end up snorting because I can’t control laughing. I so love Willa in this book. It seems like she finally found her old self. I really love her sense of humor. She manages to turn something serious into something really funny. In fact, I have several dialogues involving her.

When she went home to celebrate thanksgiving with her fa
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really like A. Mattina's writing style. "Wake" is one of my favorite books and I'm so glad that I got to read more about some of the characters. I would have better liked it if the scenes with Frank, Jem&Willa had equal space in the story. I missed their interactions as a couple and this novella offers only very few glimpses of that. A few other issues were raised -- Eric's relationship with Celeste and Elise's insecurity at school, being for the first time without her brothers and looking ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-copy of this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I'm so thankful to Abria for letting me review Wake. It is absolutely one of my favorites! I was so curious about Frank and Doug back then. Now here's Love Among Pigeons to fill in my thoughts!

Love Among Pigeons is just a novella. But it wasn't a hindrance for me to feel how Frank and Doug's relationship grew. It wasn't very detailed unlike with Willa and Jem's. Yet it is enough for me. It captured the most important m
Jun 24, 2013 added it
Disclaimer - I received a copy of LAP in return for an honest review. Thanks Abria!
Wake is possibly one of my favourite books of all time, and I was so excited to revisit this universe! And I wasn't disappointed at all with this, except perhaps in it's length - I would have loved some more.

This was a cute snapshot at a rather dysfunctional family reunion and holiday, but I also enjoyed the flashbacks provided. I loved the fact that we were given more of an insight into Jem and Willa's relations
Nov 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

I have a few overwhelming thoughts on this short novella. Here's a quick sample: "Aww...they are so adorable, like puppies." Yeah, that sounds pretty close. Without the puppy part, though. But yeah, I noticed that Love Among Pigeons is actually pretty cute, meant for people who are really into very romantic books with a crazy family that stars with crazy problems.

There's not a really good amount of conflict, but a good amount of turkey fat. (The story is
Jul 20, 2013 marked it as dnf
Shelves: arcs
There's not much to why I decided to put this one down. The writing style wasn't necessarily one that hooked me early on, but it was going well enough that I wasn't ready to put it down or sighing out of frustration immediately upon starting it. However, I also wasn't even 14% into the book before we get to two dudes having sex. Granted it wasn't graphic, but the insinuation was enough to have me put it down immediately. I did two posts recently about this, one was Top Ten Words that Make Me Put ...more
a. joe
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great novella to wrap a a master modern love story ...

Great novella to wrap a a master modern love story ...

Having read Jem and Willa's emotional journey through teen and young adult cancer it was great to have all the secondary plot lines resolved in this entertaining novella. I lost a very close relative to cancer as a young adult I can relate to these to families, their struggles and the love that binds them fiercely together during and in the aftermath of such suffering.

If you have not read
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a great novella I just loved love among pigeons I dove straight back into Willa and Jem love story I simply can not get enough of these 2 I need more abria I'm really hoping for a sequel to wake this novella gives you and inside look into Frank and Dougs relationship and also a wee bit more on tessa and Willas family mom and dad ect was so many dynamics I loved how willas family came together a little bit at the end well done abria I just think your such a talented writer I would read anyth ...more
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Wake, so I waited for this novella with great eagerness. And it was good to have the characters back and see how they get along a year after. Also it was sweet to have some background on Frank and Doug's love story and to see that the Kirk family slowly heals after Tessa's death. I enjoyed the humour and sarcasm that still characterizes Jem and Willa's relation and I also shed some tears through some hard moments. Only negative point it was too short!.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice Jem and Willa fix

It was nice to be back in the lives of Jem and Willa. Although it was a very short story I was glad to get an even closer glimpse into their lives. I really hope Abria writes Tessa story. It will without a doubt be heartbreaking...but a definitely great read.
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm in love with Wake so it's not a big surprise that I enjoyed this book just as much. I love all the character's in this story. Another plus is that this story has a constant flow of humor.. any book that can make me laugh out loud constantly just means that the book has everything a fabulous story should have.
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. I just wished it was a little longer but I really loved it. I laughed out loud at the end. Thank you Abria Martina. I enjoy your writing style, your characters, well everything. Can't wait for the next novel.
Lauren Mcleod
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
extremely short read! Frank is the most developed character in this book, with little focus on Jem other than his lack of cooking skills.
heather - NightlyReading
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review to come soon!
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback
Best Novella ever! It was sweet, sad and Funny. I loved the bits and pieces of this small book. It's staying on my bookshelf.. Along with WAKE! Oh yeah and Oma is the life of the party! LOL
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised how much i liked frank's back story. I really loved reading a chapter from Tessa.
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! But it was so short!!! Wake is one of my top 3 books, I would love to have even more of Willa and Jem please!!
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Abria Mattina works in marketing and book production. She holds a Certificate in Publishing from the New York University Summer Publishing Institute and a degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Ottawa. When she isn’t writing she enjoys travelling, eclectic books, blogging, and baking. She lives with her fiance, Daniel.

Her debut novel, WAKE, is about the struggle to rede

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“My phone buzzes in my shirt pocket, and Frank takes a step back to let me answer it. I’ve got another text from Jem.
What does the breast part look like? I think I’ve got it upside-down.
“The fuck?” Frank says.
“He’s talking about the turkey.”
“Oh. Jesus. I mean…good.”
“Jem knows what human breasts look like.”
Frank shudders. “I can’t deal with this,” he mutters and stalks away.”
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