October 27, 2016

Loved It: Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Literary Fiction

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.

Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.

Alice Hoffman has been on my hit list for a long time and with her impressive bibliography, picking what book to read first to sample her writing became challenging. 

Then came FAITHFUL and everything about it called to me like a siren from the whimsical cover art to the already heart tugging blurb. Shelby Richmond is an unforgettable character and her journey towards self forgiveness and genuine happiness is affecting in its rawness, her resilience inspiring, and her introspective narration of events touched me in a powerful yet somber manner. 

The themes and topics depicted in FAITHFUL are dark and heavy: mental breakdowns, animal cruelty, and drug addiction, to name a few. However the novel remained light hearted and hopeful even. Shelby struggled for sure and made more mistakes to which she punished herself intently, but she was never a defeatist. Even on those moments where Shelby was on her knees from self loathing she still managed to have a (dry) sense of humor about things.

FAITHFUL is such a beautiful story and every bit relatable. It's one of those poignant tales that will stay with you for a while making this latest AHoffman release worth checking out. 

P.S. There's a magic realism tag to the title in Goodreads but there's none of that, there was a very light slant in the beginning but AHoffman didn't develop the angle just in case you're curious.

Talk Supe


  1. Ooh- what a pretty cover! I haven't read any of her books yet, but heard that The Dovekeepers was really good. I love the sound of this and, of course, that it features New York. :D

  2. I haven't read this author before but this book sounds really good. What an interesting story.

  3. I've always wanted to read AHoffman as well, Braine. Your review makes me think this one might be the way to go for me as well. It's something when an author can hit on such heavy topics but leave you feeling hopeful!
    Happy Friday, lady! <3

  4. It looks interesting and different. thanks for the discovery

  5. I am tempted since you and Melissa loved this one, but I hated Practical Magic, the book so much. Plus, I just don't think I can handle all the dar themes right now. I will keep it in my maybe pile.

    1. This sounds like a thoughtful novel with some teeth, and loved your review! Hugs...

  6. Love seeing a personal triumph story. I haven't read her books yet, either.

  7. Sounds like an awesome read! Glad you enjoyed it! :D

  8. This sounds fab Braine and thanks for the clarification about the magic

  9. No magical realism? A shame. But still it sounds good

  10. So weird. Alice Hoffman is an author whose work remain elusive to me. I think I only have one of hers (Practical Magic) but I haven't read it yet. She's like an institution! I think it's time I read her books. :)

  11. Sounds like a really interesting story. I like dark stories and haven't read enough of them. I'll have to check this one out. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  12. That's amazing she was able to keep it light and not too heavy with such topics! Glad you enjoyed your first go!

  13. so glad you are enjoying books like these, she seems to cover a lot of interesting topics. I just prefer to blissfully ignore reality in my reads lol

  14. That cover really is beautiful and it sounds like a very emotional story. Great review!

  15. I should read this! I read one of her books maaaany years ago and remember loving it.


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