I’ve been hanging out on Helena Hunting’s Facebook page for a while and the author, Debra Anastasia, might also visit there quite a bit, and I might have some friends who are also fans of hers, sooooo I finally got around to reading Poughkeepsie Begins, the first (but last written) book in the Poughkeepsie Brothers Series. Debra herself suggested starting here, and the book can be read as a stand alone with no cliff hanger (I know that’s important to some readers).
Poughkeepsie Begins tells the story of three foster brothers, Beckett, Blake and Cole and their really crappy lives. Without the reading the rest of the series, I can tell it explains how they end up so screwed up for the rest of the series.
This story focuses on Beckett, the oldest of the brothers. As I started the series I wondered if Beckett was too much of a bad boy for me, and he is a bad boy. But he’s a bad boy with a soft spot in his heart too, particularly for his brothers and a certain girl. From there, there is action, romance, and maybe a tear or two for the reader.
The book reminded me of the movie Sleepers from 1996, if you want an idea of the angst you’ll get from Debra in this awesome book.