Within These Walls (These Walls Duet #1) by J.L. BergWithin These Walls by J.L. Berg
Published August 2014
Series: These Walls Duet #1
Genres: New Adult
three-half-stars
Format: eBook
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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.

Lailah Buchanan was born with a heart defect that led her to spend most of her childhood within the confines of a hospital room. And while doctors gave her little time to live as a child, everyone sees it as a miracle that she is still her. However, Lailah has always been treated like she was made out of glass, and her bucke list of things she wants to do but never will becomes longer everyday.

But one day, during one of her extended hospital stays, she meets Jude Cavanaugh, a brooding tattooed nursing assistant. Jude is the quiet type who’d rather be left alone to grieve. He lost his fiancé in an accident years ago and began working at the hospital where she died, hoping to find some sort of redemption or something to ease the pain. But something about Lailah makes him want to open up, and go through all of the things on her bucket list.

However, as their relationship goes on, Jude discovers that will leave him guilt-stricken again, and which might shed a different light on his actions…

Well, needless to say that this is a book with a medical plot and some people are not exactly fond of those. However, this book will not be the cause of ugly crying, even though it does have some heavy parts in it.

I very much liked the story and the fact that beyond their mutual attraction, Lailah and Jude had something else in common, which is of great importance to the story, so the whole plot doesn’t just revolve around a simple romance. I loved the exchange between the two of them and how they opened up to each other little by little.

There is also something thoughtful about the book, especially when Lailah explains that she is uncomfortable with opening her life to other people since she will end up being a burden and they will end up hurt. This aspect of the book reminded me a lot of The Fault in Our Stars, which had a similar reasoning. However, this one is much lighter as we are not talking about a terminal disease in the proper sense.

If there is just one thing I’d have to criticise about this book, then it would be the fact that the happy ending came easy. Too easy to my taste. Sure, something had to be done to make it a HEA, but it made the story a tad less plausible.

But the whole read as such was definitely interesting, and one I’d recommend!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
3.5 Stars
Characters
4.5 Stars
Writing
4.5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: three-half-stars