Love, Alice

Love, Alice

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 fiancé committed suicide just weeks before their wedding. Now, plagued by guilt, she has become a fixture at the cemetery where William is buri...

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Title:Love, Alice
Author:Barbara Davis
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ISBN:0451474813
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:432 pages

Love, Alice Reviews

  • Barbara White
    May 10, 2016

    I'm a huge Barbara Davis fan, the queen of the dual timeline, so I was thrilled to get my mitts on an advanced copy of her latest. LOVE, ALICE is a masterful story about secrets, regret, and grief. Add two wealthy, dysfunctional southern families, a nasty institution for unwed mothers on the English coast, and a stash of letters that turn up in a cemetery lost-and-found, and this is a compelling page-turner.

  • Carol Scheherazade
    Jun 23, 2016

    This was a good yarn! Reminds me of some of the novels I read when I was a kid when I couldn't wait to get done with school so I could finish! Very enjoyable

  • Susan Peterson
    Jul 30, 2016

    Love, Alice is an achingly beautiful book; one that will make you sad and even angry at times, but mostly filled with hope and love. Dovie has been mourning the death of her fiancé for a year, still trying to come to terms with his death, and unable to move forward, spending her days at his graveside. When an ailing woman leaves a letter at the grave of a young woman, Dovie, sensing a kindred spirit, reads the letter, and sets out to ease the woman's heartache. Dovie then receives a collection o

    Love, Alice is an achingly beautiful book; one that will make you sad and even angry at times, but mostly filled with hope and love. Dovie has been mourning the death of her fiancé for a year, still trying to come to terms with his death, and unable to move forward, spending her days at his graveside. When an ailing woman leaves a letter at the grave of a young woman, Dovie, sensing a kindred spirit, reads the letter, and sets out to ease the woman's heartache. Dovie then receives a collection of other letters left behind at the cemetery, which unearth a family's secrets, betrayals and heartbreak; but she also discovers the power of forgiveness, hope, and above all else, the love a mother feels for her child. The characters in the book are filled with flaws; characters who have sacrificed their own happiness for a myriad of reasons; characters who love fiercely and protectively. This book also opens our eyes to the shame of the Magdalene laundries/asylums, horrible places that were like prisons to the unwed mothers who were sent there. Once again, Barbara Davis has written a poignant, spellbinding book, with a story and characters that will live on in my heart.

  • Carol Boyer
    Aug 10, 2016

    Love, Alice is a fabulous novel of heartbreaking, heartwarming, haunting secrets that are bound together with others through grief; it will hold you breathless till the very end. I was totally in love with this book, from the beginning, as Dovie sits daily by the graveside, trying to understand why her fiancé William, committed suicide. One day an older, bent over, sad woman comes to visit her daughters angel grave and there, she leaves a letter. Dovie finds herself taking the letter, even thou

    Love, Alice is a fabulous novel of heartbreaking, heartwarming, haunting secrets that are bound together with others through grief; it will hold you breathless till the very end. I was totally in love with this book, from the beginning, as Dovie sits daily by the graveside, trying to understand why her fiancé William, committed suicide. One day an older, bent over, sad woman comes to visit her daughters angel grave and there, she leaves a letter. Dovie finds herself taking the letter, even though she knows its wrong. She is deeply moved by what she reads and drawn into more grief, wanting to help Dora. More letters are slowly revealed and just keep the mystery going. There is so many layers to this book, a richness that gives readers a sense of history, beautiful landscapes, a taste of real Gullah food, a sense of the devastating outcome for Alice who has been sent away to one of the Magdalene asylums by her mother, a sense of repartee and humor of relationships that seem not to be working out, Austin, Kristopher, Dovie yet an everlasting hope that things will. The best is a Mother's love for which the heart never lets go. Butterflys and Tsunami's - coexisting emotions, hurt denial, reality, loss, joy, choices, time to heal and forgiveness all so relatable... This book is one you will want to start reading again, because its that good!

  • Letty
    Nov 29, 2016

    I like how this book went back and forth from the past in early 1962, Cornwall, England where we first meet Alice in the Blackhurst Asylum for Unwed Mothers, to present Charleston, SC, where were are introduced to the main character, Dovie Larkin, in the Magnolia Grove Cemetery where she visits her fiance's grave daily. After a year, she is still struggling with his death, wanting to figure out why he committed suicide. It is at the cemetery that she meets Dora, who leaves a letter at the headst

    I like how this book went back and forth from the past in early 1962, Cornwall, England where we first meet Alice in the Blackhurst Asylum for Unwed Mothers, to present Charleston, SC, where were are introduced to the main character, Dovie Larkin, in the Magnolia Grove Cemetery where she visits her fiance's grave daily. After a year, she is still struggling with his death, wanting to figure out why he committed suicide. It is at the cemetery that she meets Dora, who leaves a letter at the headstone of an Alice Tandy. Dovie secretly takes the letter, reads it, and discovers it is Dora's letter to her daughter Alice asking for forgiveness for putting her in the unwed mother's home. Dovie decides to help Dora find out what happened to Alice. More letters are found by the cemetery's groundskeeper, these written by Alice to the baby she had to give up, and he relunctantly gives these to Dovie. It is through these letters written by Alice that we hear her story.

    I enjoyed this book very much. Such a bittersweet story about secrets, love, trust, and forgiveness. My heart went out to Alice, so heartbroken at having to give up a child, said child considered a sin by the nuns at Blackhurst, and I was so hoping she would find that baby. While this story itself was fiction, the act of babies being taken from unwed mothers is very real. Such a terrible and heartbreaking part of history. I found the Author's Note at the end of the book very interesting as well and certainly should be read.

    A big thank you to First to Read for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    Nov 27, 2016

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    I decided to read this book up because the synopsis sounded interesting. I really had no expectations since I have never read any of this author's work before and really hadn't heard anything about this book. I am glad that I decided to pick it up because it turned out to such a nice story. I was pulled into the story right away and really was eager to see everything work out for the characters. I was able to predict some parts of the story b

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    I decided to read this book up because the synopsis sounded interesting. I really had no expectations since I have never read any of this author's work before and really hadn't heard anything about this book. I am glad that I decided to pick it up because it turned out to such a nice story. I was pulled into the story right away and really was eager to see everything work out for the characters. I was able to predict some parts of the story but I still really enjoyed the journey.

    This was a book that was told in two timelines that focus on two women, Alice and Dovie. Dovie is trying to move on after her fiance committed suicide. She spends a lot of time at the cemetery trying to come to terms with her loss. She happens to see an older woman leave a letter at another grave and feels compelled to take the letter to read. Her life soon becomes intertwined with the older woman and learning the events of the past.

    Alice's story is told through her letters. Alice wrote a series of letters prior to her death that were left at her grave in the cemetery where Alice's fiance is buried. These letters eventually come to be in Dovie's possession and she shared them with Alice's mother slowly over a period of time. As Alice's story unfolds, my heart broke for her and everything that she went through.

    I think that the dual timelines worked well in this book. I really liked that letters were used to tell the story of the past and thought that it made the book flow nicely. Dovie and Alice both were wonderful characters. Dovie learns not only about Alice's past but some truths about her own as the story moves forward. By the end of the book, Dovie was almost like a new person. She had really come to terms with a lot and had helped her new friends do the same.

    I would recommend this book to others. The story was one that has stayed with me. It was a book full of pain and grief but also of friendship, love, and learning to move forward. This is the first book by Barbara Davis but I look forward to checking out some of her other work in the future.

    Nice story even though it was somewhat predictable.

  • Chris  Carroll
    Nov 30, 2016

    This is the third book that I’ve been able to read by this author and so it was with great anticipation that I dived into this read. The author has the ability to captivate you with a combination of history, mystery, and life itself.

    Love, Alice is about the hunt to find the truth behind an emotional story. The author takes a look at the fate of a child back when being a single parent was not acceptable.

    Told through letters from the past and those looking for the truth today, you are taken on a t

    This is the third book that I’ve been able to read by this author and so it was with great anticipation that I dived into this read. The author has the ability to captivate you with a combination of history, mystery, and life itself.

    Love, Alice is about the hunt to find the truth behind an emotional story. The author takes a look at the fate of a child back when being a single parent was not acceptable.

    Told through letters from the past and those looking for the truth today, you are taken on a trip of heart ache, secrets, and a variety of emotions as you devour this story. With the characters looking to heal their hearts and find some peace from the pain and questions they are all suffering from, the journey through this book is a delicate balance and soul searching.

    Barbara Davis has a knack for creating complex characters and telling deeply personal stories that you simply cannot put down. The story is unique and will touch you in ways that will stay with you long after the cover is closed.

    This is definitely an investment of quality time to grasp the rich story that gives you peace and healing along the way. Barbara Davis offers us a wonderful gift in yet another amazing read.

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  • Suzanne Leopold
    Dec 03, 2016

    This book takes place in 2005 in Charleston, South Carolina. A year ago, Dovie was getting ready to marry her fiance William. To everyone’s shock, two weeks prior to their wedding William took his own life. Dovie Larkin now spends her lunch hours visiting his burial site, grieving his death and searching for answers. One rainy afternoon at the cemetery, she spies a grieving elderly woman leaving a letter at the grave of Alice Tandy. To protect the letter from the elements, she picks it up and re

    This book takes place in 2005 in Charleston, South Carolina. A year ago, Dovie was getting ready to marry her fiance William. To everyone’s shock, two weeks prior to their wedding William took his own life. Dovie Larkin now spends her lunch hours visiting his burial site, grieving his death and searching for answers. One rainy afternoon at the cemetery, she spies a grieving elderly woman leaving a letter at the grave of Alice Tandy. To protect the letter from the elements, she picks it up and reads it. The letter is written by the elderly woman asking for forgiveness from her child.

    Dovie is given access to letters written by Alice that years ago were dropped off at the cemetery. In 1962, Alice was sent away to an asylum for unwed mothers in England. She was sent there by her mother to have the child. Alice’s baby was adopted by a wealthy family in the United States. Alice’s experiences in this asylum were not positive ones and women were treated unkindly.

    Dovie befriends the elderly grieving woman, named Dora. Dovie shares Alice’s letters which helps to unlock family secrets. They work together to solve two mysteries: 1. Where was Alice living after she left the asylum? 2. Where is her grown child is today?

    The book is told in the voice of Dovie throughout most of the book and through Alice’s letters. There are other characters introduced into the story other than those mentioned. They all become greatly intertwined as they sort out their own sorrows and secrets. This heartfelt touching story had me teary-eyed when I finished it.

    Giveaway on my blog until 12/13

  • Krissys
    Dec 06, 2016

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    The truth lies between the lines...A year ago, Dovie Larkin’s life was shattered when her fiancé 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 conscie

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    The truth lies between the lines...A year ago, Dovie Larkin’s life was shattered when her fiancé 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tissues people.. Tissues~!

    Massively emotional there is a blend of grief, hope and devastation suffering and healing all blended within this book.

    It seems odd that you could find healing in another persons pain but that's what happens here.

    I really liked the sense of humanity in this book. These characters were people with faults and with pasts but they connect through them and find a common ground with eachother and the reader.

    There are so many different layers to this book and its cast that really capture your heart and tug at the heart strings.

    If you haven't read it, its beautiful. I highly recommend.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Dec 13, 2016

    Dovie spent her lunch hours in the cemetery every day since her fiancee committed suicide. Dovie hoped she would find out why William would kill himself a few weeks before their wedding.

    The cemetery didn't tell her much, but she did befriend the caretaker of the cemetery, Josiah, as well as come across Dora who was grieving the death of her daughter, Alice.

    Dovie didn't find relief from her own grieving, but she did find Alice and Dora's story very interesting. Alice was connected to a powerful,

    Dovie spent her lunch hours in the cemetery every day since her fiancee committed suicide. Dovie hoped she would find out why William would kill himself a few weeks before their wedding.

    The cemetery didn't tell her much, but she did befriend the caretaker​​ of the cemetery​, Josiah​, as well as come across ​Dora who was grieving the death of her daughter, Alice.

    Dovie didn't find relief from her ​own grieving, but she did find Alice and Dora's story​ very​ interesting. Alice was connected to a powerful, wealthy family in town, and had been buried in the family's plot.​ ​That in itself caused Dovie's curiosity to peak and to want to ​know more.

    ​When Dovie finds letters that had been left and written by Alice, a definite connection between the letters​, Dora, and the Tate family comes to light.

    LOVE, ALICE goes back and forth in time using letters written by Alice, facts about the Tate family,​ and Alice's mother to help reveal the secrets of Dora's grief.​

    I always enjoy books that go back in forth in time and especially when the mystery is revealed through letters or some other unique ​way.

    ​I enjoyed Dovie and Dora's friendship and the determination Dovie had to find out the truth. The Tate family was a bit mysterious with Mrs. Tate being pleasant but secretive and her son being closed mouth and a bit unpleasant at times. Dovie knew some secret was kept by the Tate's, and she wanted to know what it was.

    LOVE, ALICE grabbed me from the first page because of Ms. Davis' marvelous skill of storytelling and ​descriptive writing.

    Ms. Davis’ books are books I don’t want to end simply because of the characters, the setting, and definitely the story line.

    LOVE, ALICE is another heartwarming book by Ms. Davis about family, about love, about the love between mother and child, and about choices with characters that you would want to know and spend time with and a town you would want to live in.

    This is going to be my favorite of her books even though I loved every book Ms. Davis has written. 5/5

    This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher and author in return for an honest review.