About BEYOND THESE WALLS:
Happily ever after.
That was what we were supposed to have.
Pudding cups, sandy toes and a lifetime of making each and every one of our dreams come true—that is the future I’d promised her.
I could see it in my dreams, hold it in my hands, but then I watched as all of our hopes and wishes suddenly slipped through my fingers like sand.
I thought the worst was behind us, but what if we’d just delayed the inevitable?
They say love can overcome any obstacle. But can it survive death?
The breathtaking love story of Lailah and Jude concludes in Beyond These Walls.
What started out as a simple friendship within the walls of a quiet hospital had blossomed into a love so unlike anything I could have ever imagined
WOW, JL Berg has done it again in writing this beautiful and touching story. She has made me stop and truly take a look at my own life, making me put all of the little things in life really into perspective. JL Berg fist did this very thing to me with Within These Walls and somehow and has did it again with Beyond These Walls. Seeing life and the day to day normal things, the things we take for granted, through Lailah’s perspective really makes me see life in such a different and whole new light, a much clearer one, one that I appreciate more now because of both these books.
When given a second chance, you shouldn’t fade into the background. Rather, you should explode like a rainbow of colors dripping down a canvas
Beyond These Walls is an absolute beautiful conclusion to Lailah and Jude’s story who we first meet in Within These Walls where. This book picks right up where we left off in the first one where Jude has taken Lailah to Ireland and proposed to her and they are now planning for their big December wedding while they are living in New York, Lailah still going to college and Jude running his family business. Life is perfect, Lailah’s health, although it will always be an issue they have to keep an eye on, it is doing great, she is living a normal life checking off items of her list. But all that can change in an instant and both Lailah and Jude realize that and at times are silently waiting for the other shoe to drop. When things suddenly change, Lailah and Jude are left on opposite sides and their love and their commitment to each other will be tested greatly but will their love survive it and what if Jude saving Lailah only delayed fate a little bit longer.
”I love you, more than anything in this world, Lailah, and as you can see, I would give you anything to make you happy…but not this. Please don’t ask this of me.”
Jude was such a broken man in Within these Walls after losing his fiancé in a terrible accident. Meeting Lailah changed everything, she healed his broken heart and saved him from the dark place he had spiraled to. IN Beyond these Walls, we get to see the Jude we first fell in love with but we see him become the man he was meant to be, the amazing, thoughtful and loving husband but also the smart and powerful business man that saved his family’s company. Jude was Lailah’s white knight who came riding in with chocolate pudding cups and stole all our hearts. But Jude whether he was a hospital orderly or a billionaire CEO, he always remained to be just Jude, the man who made it his life’s goal to spend the rest of his life making his wife happy any way he could and to appreciate every second he got to spend with her.
”But don’t let the world change you. Change the world, Lailah”
Lailah was such an amazingly strong heroine in both of these books. Lailah lived a life mostly inside a hospital room or her bedroom living only have a life, never being able to do all that she wanted. But rather than give up, she dreamed of a normal life and made her list of all the things she was going to do when her life one day did become normal. She was a person that truly appreciated everything and everyone in life and even after finally getting to live a full normal life, she never that change her, still appreciating to be have the ability to do the simplest things in life even the she had and amazing amount of wealth now thrown at her. She never took anything thing for granted and she never gave up, no matter what the fight. She truly was one who made a difference in the world and her character’s outlook on life truly made me stop and take a look at my own. And last I must say I loved the special bond she had with Roman, she saw the good in him and it seemed that she brought it out of him. The author has really intrigued me in his character by doing this and must say I find myself wanting to know his story and very excited to know we will get it.
I loved my life and the constant amazement of it all. I would always be that girl who loved taking taxis just for the thrill of it and who never stopped looking at the ocean because it was too beautiful to turn away
This book was such an amazing conclusion to Lailah and Jude’s story, I am so glad the author didn’t finish their story where it ended in Within These Walls and that we get to see the next chapter in their life, seeing them as a married couple but also see them still dealing with Lailah’s health issues that will never truly go away, and how they adjust to it all trying to live a normal life in New York. I must say that going into this I was apprehensive about reading this book, I knew it was going to be so emotional and at the end of Within These Walls we were left in a good place with their story and it did feel complete. These two went through so much heartache, both before they met and after they fell in love, I just didn’t know if my heart could take anymore, I wanted to stay in that little happy bubble with Lailah after Jude proposed to her in Ireland, they deserved to have their fairytale and live happily ever after. But I stepped out of my bubble because I needed to know, I needed to once again feel the amazing connection and love these two shared and I must say I must say the author didn’t disappoint. Even as emotional as this story was, I loved being sucked into this book and feeling the love these shared, which seemed to only grow even more with time, and to see them not take a second they shared for granted. I loved their outlook on life. I loved that he continued over and over again to check items off her list, and that they stayed grounded to who they were when they first met, even with all that they now had. The story was written so well and I couldn’t help but connect with both of them to the point I felt every emotion they felt as if they were a close friend part of my life.
Overall I loved the story the author told in this book, it was an amazing read. Although I must say I that in the second half I found myself wanting more story, I found the time passage to be too quick and would have loved to see more of what was happening along the way, rather than have weeks pass in between chapters it felt rushed at times, especially the last several chapters. We got more of the slow time passage and detail in the first half leading up to the wedding and I did enjoy it but would have rather less here and more focus on all that took place after the wedding.
”Love isn’t about perfection. It’s a beautiful chaotic mess, and there isn’t anyone I’d rather spend my life with than you.”
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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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