Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review: Love, Alice by Barbara Davis

Love, Alice
by Barbara Davis

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The truth lies between the lines...

A year ago, Dovie Larkin’s life was shattered when her fianc√© 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…

Kritters Thoughts:  What an epic story!  Dovie Larkin has spent the last year mourning the loss of her fiance as he committed suicide just before their wedding.  She has visited his grave site trying to find the answers and she interestingly finds the answers in a completely different place.  While at the graveside she sees a woman put a letter on a grave and her inquisitive side comes out and she will do anything to find answers.

There are almost two storylines going on at the same time.  One is Dora as she tries to find the answers to what happened to her daughter after her daughter left her 40 years ago and then Dovie's storyline.  I loved how these stories slowly wove together.  I won't spoil anything, but the author perfectly stitched them together at just the right pace.  There were a few moments where I predicted what was coming next, but it in no way affected my reading.  

To be petty for a minute, sometimes I get frustrated when main characters have similar names and this was the case in this book, I just wish their names could have been just a little more different - hard to read sometimes.

I am absolutely a fan of Barbara Davis and love how she writes people in such a moving way.  This was my third Barbara Davis book and I am excited because I have just one more of her backlist to read and saw that she has already announced the title of a book to come in October 2017- When Never Comes.  

Have you read Barbara Davis?  Do you like her as much as I do?

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley NAL.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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