Saturday, August 23, 2014

Review: Within These Walls by J.L. Berg

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Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength. 

I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.

Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?

Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated. 

Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom. 

I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget.

But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.

Lailah Buchanan was born with a severe heart defect and for the last 22 years of her life she has been inside of a hospital room; dreaming about a life outside it's walls.

She believes love isn't an option for her and that no one could ever want a mess like her.

"Why have a beating heart if I don't know why it beats in the first place?"

Jude Cavanaugh has his own scars, his are just not so visible. After losing the woman he loved in a tragic accident, he tries to find consolation within the walls of a hospital.

Will he ever be able to let go and find love again? Will he have a reason to try to?

"My life was anything but a journey. It was a dead-on."

From the moment Jude meets Lailah, he is curious about her. He starts to spend more time with her during his shift and then decides to dedicate his life to make her future better and help her cross out each and every item on her "Someday list" And so their story began... 

"Everything. I'll give her everything." - Jude

"Let me fall in love even if it means I'll get hurt in the end. At least then, I'd know that I'm living." - Lailah

Will two broken hearts break each other before even having the chance to begin? Could they expect a rose to blossom in the shadows? Go buy it immediately and find out! And don't forget to have a box of tissues nearby, you will need them!


Not surprisingly, Within These Walls is another beautiful and unforgettable story by J.L. Berg. It's sad. It's redemption. It's hopeful. It's love. It's heart-gripping. It's everything. I loved Lailah and Jude together. So much.

Can I give this book more than 5 stars? Yes. It deserves all the stars in the sky. Thank you Jennifer for another awesome book! I'll always hold it close to my heart.

J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate. J.L. Berg is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency, LLC.

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