Friday, May 15, 2015

Beyond Believing

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Synopsis (from Amazon): When Olivia gets news of her best friend Dan’s fatal car accident, her life is shattered. Consumed with grief and struggling to find any meaning or purpose to life, she trudges along with a gaping void in her heart. Finally, when her frustration reaches its peak, Olivia decides to put her trust in the depth of friendship the two of them shared. That trust finally allows him to breakthrough to her, and Dan begins to guide Olivia through the twists and turns of her life, leading to something new and entirely unexpected.

When Olivia exposes a gigantic internal scandal at work, her career implodes. With no job and nowhere to turn, she escapes to Palm Springs for the sympathy and care of her beloved cousin, Garrett. However, with only weeks left before the opening of his newest store, “Gin and Tonic,” Garrett isn’t quite the comfort Olivia had expected. She yet again tries to find her way, and in the process meets someone who begins to fill that void in her heart. She’s never before experienced a love like this; it heals her soul and rekindles her spirit – and just may have been the design of her dearly departed friend all along.

Beyond Believing is a sweet, funny, and romantic story that touches the heart, serves up delicious twists and turns, and shows the reader that there’s no such thing as “coincidence.” Author D.D. Marx regards this book as her “love letter to friendship,” written in memory of her best friend, Dan.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!  I was hooked from page one.  I can't wait for next book (yes, there are two more!!! Beyond Love and Beyond Forever).  Beyond Believing is a modern day story that takes us quickly from high school, to college, the loss of a friend, the loss of a spouse - the real world.  The book is has two different stories going on for most of the book.  Olivia's up and downs of life after losing a best friend and entering the work world and Finn's ups and downs, love, career and loss in Paris.  Their paths cross unexpectedly leaving us wanting more.  Oh….sigh…..I just loved it.

Favorite Character(s):  I could really relate to Olivia.  I felt she was the "real world." What she went through, reality of life and what we go through all told in an very entertaining way.  I loved the signs from Dan, the hard decisions she had to make, and her independence. 

Fast read/slow read:  I read Beyond Believing so quickly.  I just couldn't get enough of it.

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Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I can't wait for the next two books: Beyond Love and Beyond Forever.

D.D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger, as well as a lover of all things social. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always has a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.  Connect with D.D.:  Website  ~  Facebook  

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