Monday, August 18, 2014

Within These Walls by J.L. Berg Review

From USA Today Bestselling author J.L. Berg, comes a breathtaking story that shows us how love truly can conquer all...even the most damaged of hearts. 

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.

***Due to some graphic language and explicit scenes, this book is not recommended for readers under the age of 18.***
My Thoughts:
5/5 Stars

     J.L. Berg stepped out of her comfort zone to write this emotional masterpiece and highly succeeded! Laila has a heart defect that forces her to face her dying days sooner than expected. She spends countless days in the hospital and when at home, her mother hides her from the rest of the world. To fill her days she makes lists, one which includes bucket list items. She never believes that she will cross out everything on the list, but when Jude enters her life he is determined to do just that.
     Jude has secrets of his own though. He wants to remain unnamed and spend most of his time wondering the halls where his life was taken from him. Working as a CNA he comes across a beautiful blonde that pulls him in leaving him feel more than he has felt in years. This is a beautiful story about two broken characters coming together to mend one another. The emotions are tragic and real. Each page you feel more and more intertwined in the story.
      I was captivated by Jude’s intensity. At first he has a wall up, but slowly breaks it down to allow his heart to love again. He goes out of his way to make Laila’s life as best as possible. I loved this book from page one and highly recommend it to all readers. Unlike books where the focus is about sexual tension and rushed relationships… This book captures a slow burn one of a kind love.

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