Within These Walls by J.L. Berg

Posted February 14, 2015 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments

Within These Walls by J.L. BergWithin These Walls by J.L. Berg
Series: The Walls Duet #1
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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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.

This book made me so sad! In a good way I promise. So this is one of those books where when it starts out you just feel for everyone involved. There honestly is no bad person in this story, everyone is just trying to deal with the bum hand they have been dealt in life and somehow end up colliding with each other.

So Lailah was born with a heart defect that has left the vast majority of her life consisting of surgeries and permanent hospital visits. I really liked Lailah, she’s been given such a tough hand, and at the same time she has managed to stay as optomistic as possible (a heck of a lot more optimistic than I would be in her shoes that’s for sure). I also really liked her list of things she wanted to do when she was better enough to leave the hospital and leave her life. This list really helped make the book into what it was.

Jude, man oh man, Jude. I felt so bad for him. It’s like he was stuck in time. His finance died and he just stopped living. He’s completely paused his life to wallow in the place where his finance died. He stops living his plush life and ends up living in a small apartment and working as a nurses aide in the hospital he just can’t seem to leave. And that is of course where he ends up meeting Lailah.

There is a lot of build up in the relationship between Lailah and Jude. First of all she’s in the hospital so it’s not like they can date or anything, and secondly Jude is not really in a place to really think about dating, he’s just so stuck. But even with all that he is draw to this girl who has such an inner strength, and he wants to give her some of the things that she has missed out on because she’s been in the hospital. So much so that he starts doing things on her “someday” list. I really loved the build up between the two of them, and it’s just so sweet and sometimes bittersweet in parts.

I liked the writing and the pacing in this book, and I’m pretty sure writing a book that primarily takes place inside a hospital can’t be the easiest thing in the world, but the author did such a good job at bringing me into their world. If you like sweet romances, then this book is so for you, because sweet is exactly how I would end up describing this book.

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About J.L. Berg

I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for ten years, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows.

I’m married to my high school sweetheart. We were married young, barely out of high school. Everyone told us we were crazy and stupid. We’ll be celebrating 12 years of marriage this year, and I love him more every single day. We’re living proof that true love knows no age limit.

I’m absolutely obsessed with romance novels (duh) and probably could have built a vacation home with the amount of money I’ve invested in them over the years. Romance novels take you to another place, making your heart race, emotions swell, passion run free. After so many years of meeting hundreds of fictional characters and discovering their worlds, I found myself creating my own.

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