Oh Blake Hartt what a beautiful, beautiful man inside and out.
Some of the reasons why I love Blake:
1) His manners and morals are inspiring
2) His ability to see beauty in anything and to see the best in people is breathtaking
3) His all encompassing love for Livia is mind blowing
Here are some examples of why Blake is truly beautiful
Livia talking about Chris -
"You know the best compliment he's ever given me? 'You're pretty enough to get by.' He's said it so many times." Blake waited until she set her deep gray eyes on him. "He has no idea the beauty in front of him. He's a fool."
"Livia, 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." Blake looked reluctant to move.
When his eyes found hers, he placed a hand over his heart, as if it might stop again. "You are so lovely," he said.
He finally stopped long enough to thank her. "Every time I think I couldn't love you a bit more, you stretch my heart again."
"I love you so much, I think there are burn marks on my heart." Blake touched his chest.
Oh Blake be still my heart.
All phrases and quotes from Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
Poughkeepsie (Poughkeepsie #1)
by Debra Anastasia (Goodreads Author)
Each day, Livia McHugh smiles politely and acknowledges her fellow commuters as she waits for the train to the city. She dismisses this kindness as nothing special, just like her. She’s the same as a million other girls—certainly no one to be cherished. But special or not, she smiles every day, never imagining that someone would rely on the simple gesture as if it were air to breathe.
When the moment comes that Livia must do more than smile, without hesitation she steps into the fray to defend the homeless man. And she's surprised to discover an inexplicable connection with her new friend. After danger subsides, their smiles become conversation. Their words usher in a friendship, which awakens something in each of them. But it’s not long before their bond must prove its strength. Entanglements from the past challenge both their love and their lives.
Blake’s heart beats for Livia’s, even if her hands have to keep its rhythm. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love never fails. Love never fails, right?
In an interwoven tale of unlikely loves and relationships forged by fire, Debra Anastasia takes readers into the darkest corners of human existence, only to show them the radiant power of pure adoration and true sacrifice. Complicated families and confused souls find their way to light in this novel, which manages to be racy, profane, funny, and reverent all at once