#Review “Beyond the Roses” by Monica James

BEYOND THE ROSES by Monica James

Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult (Standalone)


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Sunflower Crowns

Monica James has broken me, and not in a small way, but in a, I couldn’t breathe I was crying so hard way. This book is guaranteed to ruin you in the same way. Monica meticulously grabs the thread of your heart and soul slowly pulling and unwinding it page by page, moment by moment, until you’re just a mass of feelings and emotions barely able to form a coherent sentence. She has written the type of book that lives with you long after you’ve finished, that even days later you’ll think of it and it will cause you to tear up because that’s how strong the feelings are that she elicits, this book is more than memorable, it’s life changing. 

What would you do if you found out that you were going to die? Would you fight until the end? Or would you accept what’s coming and live the last days of your life to the fullest? Lola has decided to live the last days of her life to the fullest by giving her time to the terminally ill children of Strawberry fields. She’s accepted that she will never have the life that she thought she would, and she’s tired of being alone. The people who she thought were her friends left her when she was at her lowest and most lost. Lola wants to be the safe place for others that she did not have. She wants to give and be there for them the way no one was there for her because she understands what they are going through. She had accepted her destiny until the moment that fate intervened and brought the noble Dr. Roman Archibald into her life. And with him fate brought her something she had long since lost-her will to survive. 

Lola and Roman are perfectly tragic and beautifully broken. They’re the type of strong that I could only hope to be if I were in the same situation. These two find in each other what they had accepted was not possible. They found a love that gives them strength and courage. They found a peace in the cards that they had been dealt. This right here, these moments between these two is Monica’s best writing to date. The passion and connection, the love and loss, the acceptance and grief are visceral. These sensations and feelings don’t just pour from the pages, they erupt free overpowering you with the intensity of it all.

This book didn’t just bring tears to my eyes, it tore my walls down and had every emotion I’ve ever had ripped straight from my heart. The kind of crying that I did was the kind that fuels your soul, it’s the kind that cleanses you and shows you what real true love should be like. Monica has proven that she can elicit any kind of feeling from you and to me that shows how phenomenal of a writer she is. You’re probably saying to yourself why on Earth would I voluntarily read a book that will tear me apart? But let me tell you this story may be hard and it will make you cry but it will also leave you with a feeling of peace. The purity of love and loss, of knowing your truth and accepting it, of doing what you know to be right even when it’s hard, these moments, these feelings, are why you should read it. I promise you will not regret it if you do, take the chance of Lola and Roman! 

Voluntarily Reviewed an Advanced Complimentary Copy


To the outside world, my life is perfect.

I’m young and rich, and some may even say I’m beautiful. But I would give anything to be somebody else because after being extraordinary all my life, all I wish for is…silence.

My name is Lola Van Allen, and there’s no easy way to say it, but…I’m dying.

When my doctors reveal all hope is lost, I decide to spend the time I have left sharing my experience at Strawberry Fields, a summer camp for terminally ill children. No matter my fate, I yearn to make a difference.

Things are quiet and slow-moving until I meet him.

Dr. Roman Archibald.

From the moment our lives entwine, he pushes me until breaking point. But for someone who has nothing left to lose, I push back twice as hard. Roman challenges me in ways I never imagined, revealing things aren’t always what they seem.

This is my story…and how I got a second chance at life.

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About the Author

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping toleave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life. She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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