Review – Return To Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia



‘Return To Poughkeepsie’ (RTP) was in my ‘Top 15 Books of 2013″ for a very good reason; it is A M A Z I N G!

Some of you know that I am personal friends with our lovely-foul-mouthed-sweet as a sugar cube- Debra Anastasia (DA) (I call her my fart-princess and if you have read her posts then you know why) BUT let me tell you I am not biased AT ALL when loving this read!

Debra’s catch phrase is “Let Me Tell You A Story…” and she is a glorious story teller.

We see the return of our favorite characters in RTP, focused mainly on Beckett and his struggles to except his lot in life and that he is a good guy deep down and with all his faults he is loved. Loved I tell you, LOVED.

As usual we see DA use her infinite flair for words, phrases, thoughts, relationships and life. She did not for one sentence let us down with the LONG anticipated wait for this second installment of “The Brotherhood Series”.

I once asked Debra where she got the idea for this story and she replied, “I saw a homeless man one day and I realized that we are all people no matter our status in life. I wanted to share a story that was different and made people think.’

And she did just that, ten fold.

DA takes us on a a wild stroll of emotions in RTP and I have my walking shoes on.
Do you?



Beckett Taylor is a  murderer. His calling, his craft are destruction and  intimidation—whether he wants it that way now or not. He left  Poughkeepsie to keep his brothers safe, to keep Eve safe. Set up with  happy lives to live, they’re better off without him, right?

But  all his willpower crumbles when he hears his brother Blake’s frantic  voice on the phone. An unknown enemy has moved in on his old territory,  and Livia’s been taken. In an instant, Beckett knows it will take an  attack only he and Eve can execute to bring her back. All his  self-imposed embargoes are torn to shreds, perhaps along with the new  man he’s struggled to become.
“Brother, call Eve. I’ll be there soon.”
In this emotional and action-packed sequel to Poughkeepsie, Debra  Anastasia conjures a tale of love at its most raw and ragged. With  Beckett and Eve, how could we expect anything less? But even when it’s  messy, not magical, true love perseveres. Real love finds a way—for  better or for worse until death does part.

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About The Author


Debra Anastasia is busy, just like every other mom. There’s dinner, the dogs, the two kids, the two kids, and her ongoing battle with…ahem…  digestive issues, which combined with her adolescent boy sense of humor  makes for colorful and sometimes cringe-worthy social media updates. Her first love and crowning achievement is her thriving career as the  weirdest mom on the block.

Her writing started a decent handful of years ago when–along with the  animals and humans in her house–the voices of characters started  whispering stories in Debra’s ear. Insomnia was the gateway to plots  that wouldn’t give up, wouldn’t let go. Now they stalk her everywhere.  Halfway through making lunches, a twist takes hold and–fingers full of  peanut butter–she finds somewhere, anywhere to write it down.

She’s eternally grateful to Omnific Publishing, which has now published four  of her books: two in the Seraphim Series and two in the Poughkeepsie  Brotherhood Series, as well as her novella, Late Night with Andres. That one is special because 100% of the proceeds go to breast cancer  research. (So go get it right now, please!) She also very much  appreciates her open-minded readers, who embrace everything she has to  offer, with a focus on anti-heroes and bathroom humor.

Debra lives in Maryland with  her family.







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