Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Release Day: Love, Alice by Barbara Davis ~ My Thoughts

Happy Release Day! 


Love, Alice

Love, Alice by Barbara Davis
Print and e-book, 416 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Berkley

From the author of Summer at Hideaway Key comes a sweeping new Southern women’s fiction novel about forgiving the past one letter at a time...

The truth lies between the lines... 

A year ago, Dovie Larkin’s life was shattered when her fiancé committed suicide just weeks before their wedding. Now, plagued by guilt, she has become a fixture at the cemetery where William is buried, visiting his grave daily, waiting for answers she knows will never come.

Then one day, she sees an old woman whose grief mirrors her own. Fascinated, she watches the woman leave a letter on a nearby grave. Dovie ignores her conscience and reads the letter—a mother’s plea for forgiveness to her dead daughter—and immediately needs to know the rest of the story.

As she delves deeper, a collection of letters from the cemetery’s lost and found  begins to unravel a decades-old mystery involving one of Charleston’s wealthiest families. But even as Dovie seeks to answer questions about another woman’s past—questions filled with deception, betrayal, and heartbreaking loss—she starts to discover the keys to love, forgiveness, and finally embracing the future…

My thoughts about Love, Alice ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first line.)

First line—"The place smelled of sickness and damp—of tears and misery and shame."

This author is new to me but I had been seeing this book everywhere and everyone was talking about it. I knew I had to read it! This is an amazing story with a gripping storyline that kept drawing me back to it. I couldn't stop reading because I just had to find out if Alice was ever going to find her child. And would Dovie ever find peace and be able to move on with her life?

The story goes back and forth between 1962 when Alice is sent away as an unwed mother in England and the year 2005. Oh my goodness, what Alice had to endure at the Blackhurst Asylum for Unwed Mothers. And then to have her baby snatched away from her without even so much as a peek at the child. The year 2005 seems just as bleak as Dovie mourns her fiance who took his own life two weeks before their wedding. It's been a year and she still doesn't have any answers.

The characters become so intertwined in the story but they all have their own pain and secrets. The collection of letters, even though they are wrought with sadness, help to heal those that they touch. The letters are what kept me going, I hoped the letters would give me the answers I was looking for as well.

I just loved this whole story and the way that the author wove it all together. I wasn't sure how it was all going to end and it kept me guessing. What a sad but beautiful tale.    

About the author

Author of The Secrets She Carried (Penguin/NAL) The Wishing Tide, (Penguin NAL) Summer at Hideaway Key (Penguin.NAL) Love, Alice. (Penguin/Berkley) December, 2016. And coming in October 2017, When Never Comes (Lake Union)

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