My Review and a Giveaway of Within These Walls by J.L.Berg

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WITHIN THESE WALLS

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.

My Review

I have to say that each J.L.Berg book I have read is so very good. She has a way of taking me on a journey with the characters so completely that I want to be around them. I want to be a part of their lives. Ms. Berg is so good at getting me so invested in the story that there is no way I will not feel their emotions. Within These Walls is no different.

This is the story of Lailah and Jude, two broken souls who find each other in a hospital of all places. Lailah has lived her life in the hospital. Tests, doctors, she has no friends her age or who have lived like she has, and in many ways like she hasn’t lived. She is not the normal young lady who thinks all about the parties and such, or at least it seems. She has dealt with so much that she is mature beyond her years. Jude has given up everything and now haunts the halls of the hospital, taking the pain from his broken life and keeping it alive every day, even if his reason for doing so is no longer with him. Lailah, however, causes his heart to crack open and feel again. He is not altogether sure that is something he wants.

I loved that even stuck within the hospital walls their journey to love was not perfect. My heart melted with each and every item that was checked off Lailah’s list.

I suppose that it could be considered a bit unrealistic, how they meet, and fall in love, but honestly isn’t that what we are looking for? Isn’t that why you picked up a book in the first place, to live in someone else’s reality?

I do not like to give spoilers but I will say this, have a box of tissue nearby when you read of Jude and Lailah’s love story, you will need them. I highly recommend this book.

Excerpt

She looked around, closed her eyes, and took a deep breath of fresh air as it breezed

past her.

“I’m free!” she squealed.

“Well then, why are we standing around and wasting time? Let’s get the hell out of

here!” I laughed, grabbing her hand and tugging her in the direction of my car.

“I’m sorry it’s not that great-looking, but it runs,” I said, regarding the less than

stellar state of my car, which had probably seen more birthdays than she had.

“It’s green!” she exclaimed.

I threw her bags into the trunk. “Yep, split-pea, baby-shit green.”

“Eww…gross. Why did you have to ruin split-pea soup for me?” She laughed as we

got in.

“Well, that is a color!”

“I think we should name it,” she declared.

I turned the key. “The color? I thought I just did.” I pulled out of the parking spot and

drove the short distance out of the hospital.

We were officially free.

“No.” She laughed. “The car. Cars that are baby-shit green need to have a name.”

I turned my head with a look of mock surprise and shock. “Did I just hear you curse?

I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad word leave those pretty little lips of yours before

in my life. Two seconds out of the hospital, and you’re already swearing like a sailor!

I think I’m having a bad effect on you.”

She stuck out her tongue and laughed. “I’ve cursed before—in my head and maybe

once or twice out loud,” she said, grinning. “You’re changing the subject. From this

day forward, I hereby do so-eth—”

“Do so-eth?” I couldn’t help but ask.

She was literally vibrating with excitement. Being out of the hospital had awoken

her spirit and had breathed fresh new life into her lungs.

“Shut up! It’s my fancy car dubbing speech. I’m supposed to sound like

Shakespeare.”

“Oh, sorry,” I faked a cough as we turned west. “Go on. You do so-eth?”

“I hereby name this car, um…” She looked around, searching, and finally her eyes

grew wide. “Yertle the Turtle!”

She was so proud of herself that she didn’t even notice where we were when I pulled

the car to a stop.

“Very clever, Sam I Am.” I laughed. “But Yertle the Turtle was blue.”

“He was not!”

“He was,” I urged. “In the book illustrations, he’s blue.”

She looked over at me with her arms folded over her chest. “How the heck do you

even know that?”

“My mom used to read to us a lot when I was little.” I shrugged. “And I’m smart,” I

added with a grin, tapping on my temple.

“Well, whatever. We’re calling it Yertle, even if it isn’t blue. Now, where are we? And

what are we doing?” she asked, looking up. She gasped when her eyes took in the

panoramic view of the ocean.

“We’re going to put your toes in the ocean.”

 

 

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About J.L. Berg

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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I have always had a book in my hand. With ebooks many in hand! I really enjoy sharing my favorite authors with people, and helping others find a new favorite author. When I was young I knew I was in trouble when I was sent to my room and COULD NOT read. Truly a tragic punishment for sure! Join me to talk about books we love or help others find new books to read! I am willing to read books in exchange for an honest review, and would be happy to participate in blog tours and cover reveals. Some of the types of books I enjoy are romance, romantic suspense, alpha males, rockers, paranormal (shifter), tattooed guys, contemporary romance, MMA fighters, NA romance, Christian romance, sports romance, ménage and BDMS.

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