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Love, Alice
Title : Love, Alice
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ISBN : 9780451474810
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 432

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 buriFrom 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 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…


Love, Alice Reviews

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    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 c [...]

  • Suzanne Leopold

    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 [...]

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.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 [...]

  • Cindy Burnett

    Love, Alice was a sweet, entertaining read. Barbara Davis creates a likeable and engaging cast of characters that I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know. The Charleston setting and culinary tidbits made me like the novel even better. Dovie Larkin, the main character, is still recovering from her fiancé’s suicide the previous year. Still mourning William, she visits his grave daily. One day while she is at the cemetery, she sees another woman whose grief reflects her own. As the older woman is l [...]

  • ChrisCarroll

    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 [...]

  • Barbara White

    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.

  • Susan Peterson

    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 [...]

  • Dorine

    Recommended Read! LOVE, ALICE by Barbara Davis is an amazing and heart wrenching story of past and present that brought part of my own family’s Cornish history to light. I’ve heard them called workhouses in the murmurs of what happened to my ancestor in the late 1800s during her pregnancy. In this story, we learn the fate of unmarried pregnant women who were sent to do penance until their baby is born during the 1960s. Women work in the “laundries” where they are housed until forced to g [...]

  • Krissys

    Love, Alice by Barbara Davis     The truth lies between the linesA 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 con [...]

  • Letty

    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 [...]

  • Carol Boyer

    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 [...]

  • Leah

    Love, Alice is a novel that suffered from predictable twists and a frustrating main character and with only one storyline worth reading, the book's near 450-page length felt overly long and wholly unnecessary. Maybe other readers would feel more for Dovie's character, but her plight didn't affect me one bit. In fact I feel the novel would be greatly improved if it was strictly a historical novel with no present day aspect. With a lot of editing (the cemetery and a high-end restaurant in the same [...]

  • Carol Scheherazade

    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

  • Zoe

    Perceptive, haunting, and profoundly thought-provoking!This is a heartbreakingly sweet novel that delves into the emotional, physical and mental anguish experienced by young pregnant girls who historically were spurned, institutionalized and forced to give up their babies, and the incredible power and importance of hope and forgiveness.The prose is eloquent and beautifully descriptive. The characters are determined, intelligent, consumed, and sorrowful. And the story is written in a back and for [...]

  • OpenBookSociety.com

    openbooksociety/article/loLove, AliceBy Barbara DavisISBN13: 9780451474810 Author’s Website: barbaradavis-author/inBrought to you by OBS reviewer Andra SummaryFrom 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 fixt [...]

  • Debbie

    I. Loved. This. Book. I have read every one of this author's books and I am so grateful I won a giveaway to get the first ones because she is writes amazing stories and I may not have found her. Love, Alice tells the story of a young unwed mother sent away to a church run laundry. It's a hideous place where the girls are mistreated, exploited, and their babies are immediately taken from them at birth. Jump forward to a grieving fiancé who finds a letter at a grave and decides to read it for var [...]

  • Jeanne Adamek

    Too long for the story that this was.It was a nice enough story, I wasn't bored reading it yet had no problem putting the book down. Also wasn't anxious to get back to the story. And this makes the novel sound awful which isn't what I want. I guess what I want to say that this was a nice story with pleasant characters but a type of which I have read a number of times. I found nothing really special, striking, or memorable. STILL I realize that any number of readers will thoroughly enjoy Love Ali [...]

  • Suze Lavender

    Dovie regularly visits the graveyard where she can spend time with her fiancé William, the man she loved. He killed himself just weeks before their wedding. Dovie doesn't know why, but she hopes to find answers by visiting William's grave. At the graveyard she sees a woman who leaves a letter on the grave of a woman named Alice. Dovie can't help herself and her curiosity is getting the better of her, so she reads the letter. While she was looking for information about William, Dovie discovers a [...]

  • Rae

    The themes explored in Love Alice, of love and loss, along with its interesting dual setting - Charleston, SC, and the Blackhurst Asylum for Unwed Mothers, Cornwall, England - are what drew me in. A time-slip novel, it follows the contemporary story of Dovie Larkin, a museum manager left grief-stricken when her fiancé inexplicably commits suicide merely weeks before their wedding, and through a series of letters from the past, the heart-breaking journey travelled by Alice Tandy, in the hope of [...]

  • JT Belangela

    It’s one thing to read a book by a beloved author and adore it, but it’s another thing entirely when an author who’s never passed through your radar grabs you and takes complete possession of your soul. That’s what happened to me when I picked up Love, Alice by Barbara Davis. This powerhouse book has an interesting premise. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but something told me to give it a go. I did far more than like this book. This addictive page-turner rendered me unable to do anyth [...]

  • Mary

    I really enjoyed this one. We meet young Alice in 1962 through letters she has written to her unborn child. Unwed and pregnant in a small English village, her mother is ashamed and fearful of gossip, and forces Alice to go to a convent to work and slave and give birth to a child they take from her and sell to rich people. My heart broke for Alice. The contemporary story line brings us to 2005 in South Carolina, where we meet Dovie at the cemetery mourning the loss of her fiancée who killed hims [...]

  • Kathleen

    I am so glad that I was lucky enough to be a recipient of this book from the author. If I never read another book t his year, I would have made sure I read this one. This was my first book by Barbara Davis, but it will not be my last. She writes a story so powerful and emotional in how it drew the reader into the story from the very first page. It is a heart wrenching and at times a despair you feel right down to the bottom of your heart. Then it takes you to a healing place where two people fin [...]

  • Shoshana

    I really only enjoyed the main story of Dovie and the romance between her and Austin. The problems I have with the book are about the random, needless things that it felt like the author threw in as an afterthought. Dovie's obsession with college football was mentioned once, halfway through the book, and not again. The dates also didn't match up at the end. Gemma's letter was dated January 1969, after Alice had died, but then Alice's last letter was dated December 1969. It seems like it should'v [...]

  • Mindy Tysinger

    First off, a big thank you to Penguin for allowing me to read this early release of Love, Alice. I have never read anything by Barbara Davis but that is certainly going to change. Fabulous read but have your tissues at a ready. Dovie Larkin has been trying to come to grips with her fiancée's suicide for over a year with little success. She spends her days in the cemetary looking for answers that never come. One day she sees an elderly woman leave an envelope on a grave. Even though she knows sh [...]

  • Anna

    I feel like I was duped. I expected this to be a historical novel about the treatment of unwed mothers in the 1600's instead this ended up being more of a romance story.As soon as green-eyed billionaire Austin hotpants entered the scene I knew that this book was not for me. Austin and Dovie got under my skin and I really struggled to finish this overly long and predictable novel. I'm not anti-romantic but it is rare that someone writes about having it all in a way that doesn't make me want to ro [...]

  • Stephanie Margolies

    This book touched me in many ways. An excellent read.

  • Karen Trosterud

    This was the first book by Barbara Davis ! I loved it! Will differently read more by her:;

  • Cian O hAnnrachainn

    What if Philomena Lee had died, instead of her son Michael Hess? And in this telling, he's straight instead of gay (but not to worry, we'll be sure to be diverse and include a secondary gay character in our tale), and the woman he's drawn to does the hunting down of his mother?That, in essence, is the premise for LOVE, ALICE by Barbara Davis.Lacking the power of Katie Hanrahan's THE LEAVEN OF THE PHARISEES, the book touches on the horror of the Magdalene laundries and the lives that were destroy [...]

  • Lis Carey

    Thirty or so years ago, a young woman in a village in Cornwall became pregnant, and before they could marry, her boyfriend was killed in a fishing accident. Her mother, unexpectedly much harsher than Alice had expected, sent her to a convent to have her baby--one of the now-notorious Magdalene laundries. From this experience, Alice emerged without her baby, but with an absolute determination to find and reclaim him--and an unforgiving anger toward her own mother.A year ago, Dovie Larkin's fianc [...]

  • Sarah

    I really, really, really wanted to love this book. Historical fiction + Southern fiction + a little bit of romance; should have been a home run! The parts where we look into the past are pretty good. I could feel what the narrator was writing; I felt the damp of the nunnery, I felt the heartache when Alice's baby was taken; I felt the betrayal of her mother. Don't get me wrong, I liked a lot of it. I wanted to stop reading but I had to know what happened with Alice and Dora. This novel could hav [...]