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Beyond the Quiet: Second Chances [Kindle Edition]

Brenda Hill
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Book Description

After love and betrayal, can she learn to trust again? Can she begin life again?

Lisa thought she'd had a happy marriage, but after her husband of twenty-five years succumbs to a fatal illness, she discovers betrayal so devastatingly deep she doesn’t think she will ever recover. But life sometimes offers second chances.

When a retired fire chief pursues her with a passion that melts her icy façade, she falls in love for the first time and learns to offer the love she’d always felt but never knew how to express.

But when a spurned co-worker unleashes his rage on the lovers, Lisa’s life changes once more, offering her the opportunity to follow her heart’s desire, but only if she’s strong enough to cherish each moment and leave her old life behind.

Beyond the Quiet shares the story of one woman's struggle though bitterness, loss, and betrayal, learning to cherish each moment and follow her long-buried dreams.

READERS ADVISORY: Contains explicit love scenes with graphic language.

Beyond the Quiet, an award-winning Romantic Thriller, shares the story of one woman's struggle though bitterness, loss, and betrayal, learning to cherish each moment and follow her long-buried dreams.

If I could give more than five cups I would give 10 or more. Ms. Hill has written Lisa's story so well that I could barely set the book down to wipe away my tears. If you do not add this book to your collection, you will have missed a truly amazing read.
Matilda, Coffee Time Romance
Coffee Time Reviewer's Award

Beautifully written, if you one read one book this year, this is it!
Jenny Woodall

Editorial Reviews


Coffee Time Romance & More:
Reviewer's Choice Award 2009
Preditors & Editors Top Ten Finisher
Readers Poll 2009
Claire M Teeters, editor
Yucaipa/Calimesa News Mirror 

A great read! Ms Hill is a cross between Iris Johansen and Nora Roberts. The tension kept me spellbound until the end.

Ashley Merrill, Front Street Reviews
Brenda Hill takes her readers through a story all about Lisa and her self-discovery. She finds out what it is like to truly love someone, to truly hate someone, and all that is in between.

M. Jean Pike
Award Winning author of Waiting For The Rain

"...sensual, emotional and beautiful."

From the Author

Preditors & Editors Top Ten Award 2009
Coffee Time Reviewer's Award TRR Award 2009

Product Details

  • File Size: 1253 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: L. Cooper Press (December 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5UB4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So-So June 13, 2011
By Mosacha
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm only a few pages away from finishing this book and so far not totally impressed. It was a pretty easy read and the story kept me interested. But to me a lot of what the main character does is questionable. Why didn't she report the assault by Rick at the open house?!! I thought the whole "Terry" thing very creepy. There's no way I would've jumped into that relationship so quickly...he was borderline stalking her at the beginning. Then there were the explicit sex scenes...I'm no prude...but the author went into way too much detail in some of the scenes. Overall, not too bad for a free book!
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lesson In Living June 11, 2011
By M.S.S
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I had my doubts about this book from the description. I usually don't go for the sad stories, but in this case I'm so very glad I read it. Lisa was my type of character from beginning to finish. She didn't just follow along with some male, she didn't fall back depend on others yet she also showed a real human side. The author showed us it's okay to be mad at the ones we love, to question everything and find out how to live and love on our own. This story had everything from betrayal to true love, all without staying in a stereotype. Loved it and definitely look forward to reading more from this author.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars At least it was free June 16, 2011
By Laura
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I don't quite know where to start with this review because there was just so much in this book that was "off". The main character was such a weak person most of the time yet she had a co-worker that was at least 10 years younger who couldn't stand it that she wouldn't jump into bed with him? Plus a man she meets who immediately falls in love with her. She must really be something...yet she's not. She loses her husband and immediately falls "in love" with this man who keeps calling her. Yet, all they really do is have sex. All the time. In intimate detail. I really didn't need to know every little thing. People do still have imaginations although many writers, like movie producers, think we need to have every last detail of what goes on. If there was actual love between Lisa and Terry, I didn't see it.

From close to the beginning, it was obvious what was going to happen with Jenna and Marsh. Again, these characters weren't likeable or intelligent in any way.

A big deal was made about Lisa and how she dressed to look successful. She also acted proper. Yet there were a couple of times she cussed which didn't fit her character at all. It was just kind of tossed in there. And for being so proper it made no sense that she wouldn't report Rick. Plus they called 911, left her car there, and no one contacted her? There were quite a few things like that which made no real sense.

At the end, after finally settling things with her daughter, Lisa said she couldn't wait to move near her and enjoy life with her grandchild and grandchild-to-be, yet all of a sudden she switched and told her daughter to expect her when she saw her. She had things to see. What was that all about? Her daughter probably would've told her to go jump in a lake at that point!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sketchy But Rich July 31, 2011
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This story is rich with emotion ranging from love, anger, joy, happiness, sadness, disbelief, and frustration.

Lisa, overwrought from her husband's death, is pulled out of her stupor when she hears pounding on her door. It's her daughter who's come to help her sort through her late husband's belongings. In the process, Lisa finds a notice regarding a post office box that she knew nothing about. Curiosity peaks and she looks into it after her daughter and grandson head back home. She enlists the help of brother-in-law Stan who is also her friend and lawyer, setting in motion an unraveling ball of yarn and she discovers things she was absolutely clueless about.

While at an open house which Lisa was hosting, she meets Terry O'Neal, retired firefighter who forms an instant attraction to her and pursues her. Lisa, bouncing back from the recent death of her husband, returning back to work, and discovering some flooring news, is not looking for romance, while rejecting him, is fascinated by him.

While all this takes place, her daughter Shanna is begging Lisa to visit her in Minnesota and when Lisa turns down the invitation, Shanna gets upset, making this one more thing Lisa has to deal with.

On top of all this, there's a guy in the office who has been harassing her, showing up at a home-showing while Lisa is alone.

Beyond the Quiet is a story about relationships, between a man and a woman, a woman and her daughter, work relationships, and other familial relationships. It's about love and loyalty and betrayal. It's about forgiveness. It's about self-discovery where Lisa comes to terms with who she thought she was, who she really was, and who she is becoming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Quiet - a book review July 3, 2011
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In Brenda Hill's novel, Beyond the Quiet, a grieving widow, Lisa, discovers that her husband led a secret life, deceived her, and took away her financial security. Further, she learns that her husband's brother and his wife, whom she had always loved and trusted, were privy to this betrayal. In the midst of her shock and anguish, she meets another man, Terry. She finds full-on love and passion for the first time in her life. For a few short months, she knows what it's like to love and be loved by someone who truly cherishes her.

Beyond the Quiet is a well-written book that starts with a sedate pace but soon lays out twists and turns that pull the reader into the tale. I soon became emotionally invested in the outcome.

Her husband's death marks the beginning of a journey of enlightenment for Lisa as she is forced to re-examine her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her capacity for forgiveness, and her automatic lifelong responses to pain and heartache, which were not healthy. She struggles to feel deserving of the joy she discovers with Terry, at the same time trying to establish some autonomy and control over her own destiny.

The erotic scenes between Lisa and Terry are handled with heat, finesse, and tenderness. There is poignancy in Lisa being able to finally experience true closeness, and being able to throw off a lifetime of undeserved shame about her body. Also compelling was Terry's insistence that they enjoy the rare gift of love that was bestowed upon them by fate, an insistence that finally overcame Lisa's reticence and gave her some of the happiest times she had ever known.

Real life simply does not always have happy endings, and this book is very much like real life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the story line
Though the main theme was a little flat at times, I enjoyed the story line. It made me mad at times and I had a few laughs along the way..
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3.0 out of 5 stars WARNING PORNOGRAPHIC
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Published 6 months ago by Heather
2.0 out of 5 stars Even the Author Was Against the Heroine
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Loved this book!
Published 10 months ago by Doris Romero
3.0 out of 5 stars Caught in the Middle
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. This was the third book of Ms. Hill's that I have read. I am glad that I read the other ones first. Read more
Published 13 months ago by DeeDee Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected
I liked Lisa and felt sorry for her in the begining of this book, but as I read she became .more and more self-centered. Read more
Published 15 months ago by DyAmite
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Quiet
Even though I agree with a few of these readers that this book has some believability issues, it is one of the few books that made me cry at the end! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I was really surprised as to how good this book was. Really enjoyed it and looked for other books by this author right away.
Published 16 months ago by Gladys R.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure what to say!!!
I got this free and although it was a little weird I am thankful for the gift. I really like Brenda Hills style of writing however this book was disjointed. Read more
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More About the Author

I'm Brenda Hill, a California-based author, editor, and writing coach.

I love things that go bump in the night whether they're serial killers or other strange creatures. I've written about those pesky people who intrude on our lives with deadly force - Ten Times Guilty, With Full Malice, Beyond the Quiet. I'm still writing about those pesky people/creatures, but this time they're in a slightly different form.

The House on Serpent Lake is a ghost/love story - with a slight twist.

Raised in the South, I live in the Inland Empire of Southern CA, but long for cool ocean breezes, the forests and clean air of the northern areas of the States, but can do without mosquitoes and horseflies. The bonus? My son and his family. So here I stay.


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