Love, Alice has an interesting story telling concept and characters that ultimately tells a story of learning to love and forgive.
Dovie Larkin’s life was shattered when her fiancé committed suicide weeks before their wedding. A year later she has become a fixture at the cemetery where William is buried … looking for a way to rid herself of the guilt she feels. One day, Dovie watches a woman leave a letter on a nearby grave and she’s curious. With more letters from the cemetery’s lost and found Dovie hopes she’ll find her healing as well as help heal whatever hurts the woman she saw in the cemetery. But little do they know that the letters will begin to unravel a long held secret of one of Charleston’s wealthiest families.
I guessed early on where the story was going but that didn’t stop me from turning the pages. I rarely guess what happens but even if I do I’m curious enough to want to know the path taken to the end. The story is told in part through the letters that Alice wrote as a young woman … forced by her mother to leave home because of a pregnancy. This was by far my favorite part of the book. I thought the letters were well done and a great way to tell that part of the story. I also enjoyed Dovie finding her way through her guilt and finally coming to terms with Williams death. However, I felt there was lack of in-depth relationship establishment between some of the characters. Some of relationships didn’t feel quite real because I didn’t see the growth of the relationship enough throughout the book. Otherwise, I thought the writing excellent with great pace and flow. My first Barbara Davis novel and I don’t see it being my last.
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley.
Rating: 4 stars
Title: Love, Alice
Author: Barbara Davis
Release Date: December 6, 2016