An Inspiring Story to Awaken the Heart (The Beyond Series Book One)
by D.D. Marx
Barnes & Noble
THE iREAD REVIEW
In this engaging story about believing in the unexplainable, Olivia finds a way to move on after the tragic death of a close friend.
Olivia is shattered when her best friend Dan dies unexpectedly in an accident. Struggling to put her life back together, she tries to find meaning in her career. Bereft when it implodes, she finds solace with cousin Garrett, who takes her in and offers her a place to heal. Scotland-born chef Finn has experienced more than his fair share of tragedy. Following the loss of his wife, he finds himself competing in a cooking show and living in the United States. When he unexpectedly meets Olivia, he discovers that his heart may not be off-limits forever.
As Olivia and Finn become close, they discover that there is more to their meeting than simple chance. In fact, the two people they loved the most may be conspiring to bring them together, and it is up to them to follow the signs they are sending as well as their own hearts.
Feisty and principled Olivia and sexy and ambitious Finn are easy to root for. Both have experienced tragedy in their young lives but strive to make the best out of their current situation. The reader can’t help but want the best for them both, especially if that means them ending up together. The rapid development in Beyond Believing will leave readers eagerly turning pages in order to find out what happens next while its supernatural aspect offers a fresh perspective on the typical love story.
D.D. Marx has written a story that will appeal to readers who not only believe in love but that there is more to the universe that can simply be seen. A tale of romance that defies the usual parameters, Beyond Believing is a story that will leave the reader eager to pick up the next book in the series.
THE iREAD REVIEW
Beyond Love, the second story of the Beyond series by author D.D. Marx, finds Olivia and Finn trying to make their new relationship work despite numerous obstacles encountered.
Brought together by two of their deceased loved ones, the couple, now at the other end of a whirlwind romance, must find a way to merge their lives. When Finn gets in a life-changing accident and Olivia must reveal a painful secret, the two must work through these hurdles in order to find happiness. With the support of family and friends, will they find their way to happily ever after?
D.D. Marx has written a heart-wrenching follow-up story about two individuals who just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to love. This sequel to Beyond Believing will have readers crossing their fingers for it to prevail. Olivia experiences more than her share of heart-stopping moments as she prepares to move across the country to be with Finn and faces various moral dilemmas, coming across as a very sympathetic character. The reader wants her to come to the right decision, while also not wanting her to experience any resulting negative fallout.
At times, it may seem like things come a little too easily to our protagonists, such as when Olivia effortlessly pulls together a fundraiser and has a roster of celebrities ready to help out, or when she is able to achieve her career dreams with very little personal struggle. However, the challenges they encounter, such as Finn finding himself at the heart of a terrorist attack, help balance that. And while Beyond Love could be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel, readers will appreciate the character development and story background provided in Beyond Believing.
Filled with mouth-watering food descriptions, heartwarming moments with friends, and enough romantic moments to satisfy even the most voracious romance reader, Beyond Love is a satisfying addition to the Beyond series, and one that will leave readers clamoring for the next release.
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