Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Love, Alice by Barbara Davis (Book Review)

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

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 fiancĂ© 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…

About the book-

I love books with dual time lines. I think it adds to the overall depth of the book to have two sets of characters, especially when it comes time to interweave the two story lines. This was my first Barbara Davis book, but I absolutely loved how effortlessly she jumped from Alice's timeline to Dovie's. Love, Alice is a book about loss and grief and new beginnings. It was full of drama, and full of surprises. My favorite aspect of the book were the letters from Alice to her little one. They really help take the book to another level and help us understand Alice and what happened with her, her child, and her mother. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction with a touch of historical fiction and who do not mind heavy subject matter.

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