Within These Walls

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Title: Within These Walls

Author: J.L. Berg

Published Date: August 18th 2014

Rating: 4/5 Stars

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.


A portion of the sales during the first week of release will go to a children's heart charity.

"Within these wall, I gave my less than perfect heart to the man I loved."
I had no idea what I was getting into when I received this book. And if y'all read the synopsis, y'all know that it's not very forthcoming but it is very ominous. It was with that feeling that I knew Within These Walls was going to be good.
It's not one of those books that fools us into believing that it'll be good with an vague synopsis and an intriguing prologue. J.L. Berg keeps her promise with her words and we aren't let down.
"You can't live a normal life without the heartache. It's all part of the package."
I thought I was going to be in pain reading but really it's not very painful. What it is, is insightful. I like to believe that this was Jude's story more than Laihla's. Yes, our main focus is on Laihla but it's dual point of view for a reason.
"As long as we were able to love and be loved in this world, no heart would ever be beyond repair."
There are quite a few NA books out there that are in dual perspective, and, personally, those are my favorite. And there are quite a few that don't build character for the hero. The hero is, most of the time, the doting love interest, and his main point for having his own POV is to make us swoon over his thoughts, but that's not the case here. Jude does dote, don't get me wrong there, but he has substance, he has reason behind his characteristics. And when we peel his layers, like peeling onions, we find out that there's more to him than meets the eye. We fall in love with him with each layer revealed.
"A heart does what it needs to in order to heal."
Laihla, man, what she has gone though is eye opening. We don't really think about the blessing we've been given until 1) they're gone or 2) they are shown to us by other people. Reading Laihla's perspective were are given #2. I realized the simple pleasure I go though because I'm able to and how others aren't. It's not a depressing thought, it's more of a reflective thought. Laihla makes us reflect on how we are living our lives. Fully, or just cruising through.
"Perhaps I was a goner from the start."
Within These Walls is a journey I didn't see coming. The story itself is predictable, but the road we traveled was not. And you can bet I won't be seeing chocolate pudding the same for a while.
 "I was finally the lucky one."
With more books to be read 
Psalm 139:23-24


Author Bio & Links

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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