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The Orphans of Race Point

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,902 ratings  ·  570 reviews
Set on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, a suspenseful page-turning saga of love, murder, and the true meaning of faith from the author of the acclaimed The Liar’s Diary.

Set in the close-knit Portuguese community of Provincetown, Massachusetts, The Orphans of Race Point traces the relationship between Hallie Costa and Gus Silva, who meet as children in the wake of a terrible crime
Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Harper Perennial
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Jul 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I sit to review this book I'm faced with a conundrum. If someone told me they were reading this book, I would respond that it's a good book. However, if someone asked me if I would recommend it, I would probably say no! This 500+ page novel is a good book but it's too long and stretches the reader's credulity further than necessary. I did enjoy the characters though the long suffering many of them endure becomes too formulaic through this book. I feel like the pace of the book ebbed and flowe ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sit here in awe and wonder having just finished The Orphans of Race Point. In many ways, I found it almost miraculous – the depth of the spiritual insight, the perceptive character development, the wondrously engrossing story. I am sure this beautifully constructed novel will offer hope and mercy to those who read it. Francis takes human anguish, wraps it with courage and love, and transforms it into a story that will stay with me for a long time. Even the darker characters emerge, under her s ...more
Diane S ☔
Dec 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At nine years old Hallie becomes the soul mate and lifelong love of a emotionally devastated Gus, a transformative and unconditional love. These two motherless children would bond and become a sounding board for their futures, wherever that would take them. Such a hard but beautiful story, a story that highlights the good and the bad in us all, that shows the many different sides of the same person. Tragedies, so many things the characters in this book had to overcome, and yet there was little d ...more
Katherina Martin
I loved it, and immediately gave it to a friend to read. Most surprising to me, is the fact that I have not seen much publicity for this book. I read about 3-4 books a week, and sometimes they just seem to blend together, or just aren't that interesting. This one is great...something new....long, but not so long that you wish it could be over....takes your emotions and twists them...leaves you feeling something for each character, be it dislike, sympathy, sadness, frustration....You will not be ...more
I think I am the odd man out here after looking at other reviews. Honestly this was more like a 2.5 star read. It was ok and a few parts I did enjoy. I will be interested to see what my buddy readers think of this. It started out good I thought. I was enjoying and liking the characters. For me, it started to go downhill after the first major "event." So many things happened. So many things that I couldn't imagine ever really happening. I admit I am more critical of books that are supposed to be ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can I write a review that does this book justice? I could not put this book down. The characters just came alive from the moment I started reading and are going to be with me for a long time to come. This book is absolutely in the top 5 books I have ever read.

If you only read one book this year, make it this one!
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Subplots that should have been excised, characters who never should have existed. Overly ambitious--and not in a good way.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Author: Patry Francis
Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial (May 6, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062281305
ISBN-13: 978-0062281302

“Set in the close-knit Portuguese community of Provincetown, Massachusetts, The Orphans of Race Point traces the relationship between Hallie Costa and Gus Silva, who meet as children in the wake of a terrible crime that leaves Gus parentless. Their friendship evolves into an enduring and passionate love that will ask more of them than they ever imagined
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Gus Silva is a boy, his father who is known for his temper kills his mother in a rage. Gus, who was home when it happened, stopped talking. Only Hallie Costa, the local doctor's daughter could break his silence. Years later, they fall in love. But another act of violence tears them apart.

The Orphans of Race Point by Patry Francis spans several decades in the lives of Gus and Hallie. It seems at first to be a love story, but it turns out to be much more than that. It covers many topis includ
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, arc
I was sucked into the heavy emotional vortex and suspense of this tragic love story. Nothing draws on my emotions causing great angst than a story depicting a person wrongly accused of an affront let alone a heinous crime. The tension builds as the story unfolds and I was having to remind myself this is a 'story'....relax.

Hallie and Gus wrap themselves around your heart and you keep thinking... IF only ONE night played out differently. Gus is such a compassionate soul but...a few of his cho
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Hallie Costa befriends Gus Silva when they are nine years old, after Gus' alcoholic and abusive father murders his mother. Hallie gets Gus to open up in ways no one else had been able to, and they begin their friendship which turns romantic when they are teenagers. On the night of their high school prom, a terrible tragedy devastates their relationship and profoundly alters the course of their lives. And when, a decade later, Gus—now a priest—becomes entangled with a distraught woman named Ava a ...more
JoAnne Pulcino

Patry Francis

Ms. Francis claimed me as a fan with her first book, THE LIARS DIARY so of course I looked forward to her next book. The wait was well worth it as ORPHANS OF RACE POINT far exceeded my expectations! What a wonderful follow up!

After nine year old Gus Silva is orphaned when his abusive father kills his mother, the boy is haunted most of his life by grief and guilt. Only with the assistance of widower, Dr. Nick, and his daughter, Hallie Costa, a classmate of his is
Karen DeGroot Carter
I fell in love with Patry Francis's writing when I first discovered her blog, Simply Wait, many years ago. In her latest novel, THE ORPHANS OF RACE POINT, her poignant take on the human condition rings true once again.

From the moment the main character, Hallie, is introduced as a precocious and determined young girl in a shore town on Cape Cod, the reader knows this story is going to dig deep, and possibly hurt. Many characters in this book are orphans, and the different circumstances that dete
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely stunning from start to finish. It was filled with words that begged to be read again because they felt like poetry. A beautifully woven story with big moral messages about love, forgiveness, and redemption. The plot twists? I never saw them coming. Definitely a best book of 2014 for me!
4.5 stars. Excellent story. A bit long for me at 520 pages, but I was glad I stuck with it. It had some unexpected twists at the end, I never saw coming. Great characters you get to know well as they grow into adulthood. I highly recommend!
Almost exactly a year ago, I read an early copy of Anthony Marra's The Constellation of Vital Phenomena and was so knocked out by it, I told anyone who would listen (and even some who wouldn't) to read this book. I was so thrilled when it began to get great buzz and win many awards.

Reading Patry Francis' The Orphans of Race Point made me feel the same way. From the very first page, I fell in love with the story and the writing and the characters. Reading it, I was lost in the pages, and when peo
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most other reviewers I highly recommend this book. I loved and then hated it, and then loved it again. It's not the ending I would have wanted, but it is ...satisfying I suppose. I think this book has great potential as a book club pick, there could be much to discuss in a group setting. I think parts of this book will torment me, split second decisions and actions that have such profound results for so many people. Which in part is why, at times, I hated the book. Maybe hate is too strong ...more
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have given this book 3.5 stars if I could. It was well written, and the characters were well developed. I particularly liked having different characters narrate different parts. What I had trouble with was the authors style of telling you an event happened, but not giving you the details until later. Twice in the book I had to stop and turn back a few pages to see if there was something I missed before I got used to the authors style of providing the details later on. It was definitely a ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
As an 8th grade English teacher, I felt like I was reading the rough draft of a student's story. The writing was sloppy and the plot jumped all over the place with no rhyme or reason. The "tragedy" that occurs on prom night as described on the back of the book is so unclear that the reader has to just wonder how did we get from prom scene to hospital scene because it is not described at all yet seems to play an important role in later events. There are way too many mini plot lines being thrown t ...more
Kim Kelsch
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read

Wonderfully written and easy to relate to the characters. Fast read because you can't put it down! I love all the local references, too- makes the story feel even more realistic. Icing wait to read another book written by Francis.
Cindy Huffman
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most wonderful books I've read.
Erika Vogel
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book I read in 2016!
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! I highly recommend.
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jenny by: Kate
Shelves: book-club
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Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a complex book! Themes as diverse as a love that can't be denied, the destructive power of hate, anger that devours, abuse that destroys, murder, and the underlying question of a genetic predisposition to violence.

Caught up in a twisting, downward spiral are the various characters in this page-turner about a small Portuguese town in New England. Gus, whose father is in prison charged with the murder of Gus' mother; Hallie whose mother died of cancer; Julia, the daughter of the rectory hous
Barbara C-R
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patry Francis has authored this emotional roller coaster ride in The Orphans of Race Point. This is the story of three friends Hallie, Gus, and Neil who all lived in a Portuguese community in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

This story centers on the tragedy that changed their lives, their senior prom party held on the beach. I was compelled to keep reading wondering how this story would end.

I was profoundly affected by this book. It has not changed how I feel but it has enhanced my true beliefs. Lo
Oct 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-2014
I both liked this book and was disappointed with it. The story of two young kids who had been through tragedy befriending each other and falling in love with each other should be a good segue into a book that couldn't be put down. But the there is a love triangle, more and more characters. These characters should have given the story more depth, but I found them extraneous and complicated the story. I thought the ending might be more emotionally satisfying. All in all an ok story but too long fo ...more
Stacey Nerdin
This was one of those bait-and-switch books for me. It started out so strong. Engaging characters, interesting setting and decent story line. But with the time jump (when it switches to Gus' story), the floor just fell out from under it. The pace slowed to a terrible crawl. The characters - especially Gus - were unbelievable, and I even laughed out loud at some of his amazingly stupid and unrealistic actions. I quit reading it. I just quit. So I guess I'm going to miss all the twists and surpris ...more
Judy Churchill
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most magnificent novel I’ve read in awhile. I laughed, I cried, I felt heartsick and I rejoiced in the love, despair and compassion shared by the characters. This is literature. The writing is flawless and the deep human truths revealed through wonderful, fully developed characters whisks the reader along on the journey.
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2014, 30authors
"....a story so stunning it will leave you staggering with emotion." - For the full review, visit The Book Wheel. ...more
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