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From the Author
- ASIN : B00MQGNOXQ
- Publisher : JL Berg, LLC (August 18, 2014)
- Publication date : August 18, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1154 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 307 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,026 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"The truth is, you are far from normal. You are light-years away from the word. You are exceptional. The word normal would be an insult to your very nature."
Another sweet new adult romance! I decided to read this book after seeing multiple friends giving 4 star ratings so I gave it a chance. While it's not the most original book around, and I predicted the majority of the plot, this was still an incredibly fun read.
Lailah Buchanan has a congenital heart disease, her heart is too large for her body. Lailah has spent a lifetime in hospitals and longs for a more normal life outside the constricting medical walls. Jude is a CNA, he took the job at the hospital after a tragic accident three years ago in which his fiance was killed. Jude is a shadow of his formal self and lives day to day. Upon being switched to the cardiac wing, Jude meets Lailah and the two become fast friends. Over time, the two begin to develop stronger feelings.
It's funny that I enjoyed this book so much, I actually can't wrap my mind around it. It has a bunch of aspects in it that I don't normally like.
-cheesiness (but not a lot)--> check
-recycled plot--> check
...and yet, this was so good! All of these aspects were easy to ignore, the book as a whole being delightful. I honestly think this is a testament to J. L. Berg as an author, because I fell in love with both Jude and Lailah and was rooting for them as a couple the entire book! This is very much a feel good romance for those of you out there looking for a lighter book to brighten up your day.
Lailah as a main character was perfect; she had been dealt a s*** hand in life, and yet she still wanted to live it to it's fullest. Things that we all take for granted everyday, like the ability to walk through sand or go to a school dance, these are all things that Lailah strived for because her condition took away these small pleasures from her. And Jude was the perfect man to help her find a way to live her life.
Fans of sweet romantic new adult reads, this is the book for you! Everyone else, give it a try!
Top reviews from other countries
It's sugary sweet and totally over the top.
It deals with a few heavy subjects but does it in a fluffy, never too serious way. I'm not sure it completely worked for me. I wanted it to be more 'heavy' without the difficult bits glossed over.
There were times I nearly popped a retina with the saccharine dialogue and Jude's sackcloth and ashes routine got really old.
The thing with Marcus and the mother was just weird...
Jude's change from sad loner to happy go lucky geezer; and Lailah's transformation from shy never had a boyfriend virgin to seductive temptress was just too rushed.
I liked Lailah however, she was a quietly strong character. I got totally fed up with the way her mother, and later Jude, treated her like an incompetent child.
There were a few things that just didn't add up for me. Several times it's mentioned that the hospital is kept cold to ward off bugs, I've spent my fair share of time in hospital and I've never been in one that was anything less than subtropical.
Also, not long after getting over a life threatening fever, Jude puts Lailah under a cold shower. This just doesn't make sense.
At just over 50% I had to have a serious word with myself because I just couldn't be bothered with it anymore. The story completely lost my interest and I very nearly DNF.
Unfortunately the author went with the 'obligatory break up to add drama' tactic which pissed me off and I pretty much skimmed the last 10%.
Book 2 is the continuation of their story and is equally as fantastic as this book. A duet that is highly recommended.
I knew without a doubt that this book was going to be a great read. When the name J.L Berg appears on the cover, that's a sure sign, if ever there was one. However, I can honestly say that this book blew me away.
This is the unique story of Lailah, a 22 year old woman born with CHD (Congenital Heart Defect). She has spent all of her life a prisoner to her illness. Confined to the walls of a hospital room, her whole life has been spent being sheltered by her mother, Molly.
Cue Jude! O.M.G! The gorgeous and broken Jude, who falls into her life after his own world fell apart.
This is a unique and beautifully written love story that sees the beautiful Lailah blossom into a strong and sensual woman at the hands of Jude, who will stop at nothing to make Lailah live a long and happy life.
I couldn't put this book down. This worthy read has just joined a minority on my "All Time Favourite Book" list.
This is a must read!!!
This is the story of Layla and Jude. Layla's life has always been spent within the walls of a hospital because there is damage within the walls (chambers) of her heart (specifically it is enlarged). She meets Jude who is hiding from his past and working shifts as a nurse's assistant.
The story builds upon their relationship slowly...very slowly.
I enjoyed this book. There is a realistically sad undercurrent through the book. I think that while their relationship was blossoming, always knowing that she was very sick, made for difficult reading.
The plot is predictable but enjoyable nonetheless.