Thursday, February 22, 2018

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: Beyond Believing starts out so tragically, however, it is needed to set the tone of the story.  Olivia and Dan have such an amazing friendship and he is always by her side, especially when she needs him the most.  

I love how she stands up for the a large company and does the right thing.  I was sorry that it caused her career to implode as she did the right thing.  As she runs to California to her cousin Garrett, it changes her life for the better.  

This is a very easy read with wonderful characters and a great story line.  I couldn't get enough of Olivia and her story.  At the end of every chapter, I had to determine if I had time for one more chapter.  It was such a hard choice.  I enjoyed Beyond Believing so much.  I recommend purchasing Beyond Believing.  If you are looking for a bookclub book, this would be a great choice.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Absolutely, I am staring the next book in the series, Beyond Love.

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.

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