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Behind the Wall: A Novella Paperback – April 1, 2017
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At the end of the story in the anthology I was left wanting more from Dane and Ella-
Jane brought so much heart and emotion to the characters, I was not ready to let them go. I really wanted, and needed, them to get their happily ever after. So I was beyond excited when Jane Harvey-Berrick announced she would be adding to their story and re-releasing it on its own!
I honestly wasn't expecting to be so deeply affected by this story. The vulnerability of Garrett, the strength of Ella, you can't help but root for these 2, taboo relationship or not. Like Ella, my heart honestly ached for Dane-
But also his sense of loss and defeat that none of this would be in his future. My heart broke a little for Prisoner 97813.
This story made me stop and think, and reevaluate some of my preconceived ideas about people. I cried the first time I read it, and I cried even more this time around.
"And I cried because hope is belief, and she believed in me. My God, she believed in me."
This story makes me want to be a nicer, kinder, friendlier person- because it's true, you really don't know what battles a person is going through.
Even within this short novella, the author has once again given us a story with real emotion and a budding forbidden romance that warmed my heart. There is certain kind of hell, of course, being stuck in the four walls of a prison cell, but Ella becomes a lifeline for Garrett in the short time they are together and it was true joy watching as his hard edges began to soften.
I originally read this as a novella in the Hot for Teacher anthology and I'm so happy that the author expanded on their story and didn't leave anything up for question. There is a beautiful tenderness that is shared between Ella and Garrett and it's never more apparent than when he is finally free. They work together to find their balance, their happiness despite what a well-meaning best friend might think or the entire world for that matter. These two might have started out in a less than accepted way but love is love, and it just can't be denied. My hope is that Garrett and Ella continue to build a future as strong as the bond between them.
So well done. A solid 5 stars!
I have a love-hate opinion about novella's. They are either a perfect addition to an existing series or a quick story that keeps the reader engaged for a short amount of time. There is just enough to keep the reader fully satisfied. On the other hand that same short story can be so compelling that the reader wants more. This is the case with Behind The Wall.
Jane Harvey-Berrick painted a very vivid picture of life behind the bars without sugar coating it or romanticizing it. It's a very brutal environment where the men are suppressed. Their sense of humanity is warped from their environment and past actions that landed them within prison. The ideal situation is to rehabilitate these men so that they can become a positive part of society. While rehabilitation is a positive action, the reality of it is not quite as great in real life scenarios. These men have a criminal record for the rest of their lives. Their future opportunities are limited and they will always be paying for their previous crimes. The difference on how their rehabilitated lives play out is by their will to stay clean and become upstanding citizens, their work ethic, and lastly their support system once they are free. Jane Harvey-Berrick clearly wrote a compelling story of a young man facing all these obstacles and a young woman compassionate and brave enough to help him face them. Love is a strong motivating factor and these two people valued it's strength.
I would of loved for this to have been a full length novel because both Garrett and Ella were both such compelling characters.
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