[Book Review] Beyond the Roses by Monica James


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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Book Facts

Published: November 2020
Genre: Romance
Format: e-Arc

✨ I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 

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Going into this I was expecting it to be sad but I was not prepared for the emotional Rollercoaster this book ended up being. 

Lola is 25, to the outside world she has the perfect life, but in reality it’s anything but. At age 20 she was diagnosed with a High grade glioma – a condition that is going to kill her. Lola decides to stop all treatment and spend some time volunteering at Strawberry fields a summer camp for terminally ill children. It’s here that she meets Dr. Roman Archibald which sends them both on a life changing journey that neither of them could have predicted. 

I think saying I enjoyed this book is the wrong way to describe my feelings – I appreciated Lola’s story it’s tragically beautiful. She is brave and selfless and all around awe inspiring. 

I made the major mistake of finishing this book off on my morning commute – I do not recommend unless you are into crying in public! That ending… all of the feels!

My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟


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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 to leave 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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