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Within These Walls

(Walls #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  5,614 ratings  ·  674 reviews
Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength.

I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.
Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?

Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated. Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom.

I was drowning, a pri
282 pages
Published August 18th 2014
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Aestas Book Blog
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it

What a sweet romance!

I loved the sound of this when I first heard about it and just had to give it a try. I thought it might be a bit of an emotional roller coaster to be honest, but it was more of a low-angst, "make-you-smile" kind of love story about a girl with a damaged heart and a guy who'd lost it all finding love and healing with each other.

Lailah was born with a heart defect and had spent most of her life in the hospital dreaming about a life outside it's
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3.5 stars!


This was such a sweet story! While I didn’t totally love it, both main characters were adorkable, the message behind the story was uplifting, and the romance was heartwarming. After reading this book and this author’s Ready series, I notice that all of her books make me fall in love with the idea of love. There are clichés and her stories are definitely sugary sweet, but ultimately, it’s just impossible for me to not enjoy her books on a certain level. For me, her books are the perfect
Amy | Foxy Blogs
An uniquely situated romance told within the walls of a hospital. Lailah was born with a severe heart defect and for the last 22 years of her life she has seen the inside of a hospital room more than her own bedroom. Treated with 'kid gloves' her mother has protected her from the world. All the sheltering has made Lailah shy and somewhat innocent.

Jude is a broken man trying to find solace within the walls of the hospital. A tragic moment has left him a ghost of himself. Going through the motions
Rachel Reads Ravenously
3.5 stars!

"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."

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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

"Two broken hearts - we would destroy each other before we even had a chance to begin."

Well if you're a hopeless romantic like me and enjoy a sweet heart-melting read, then this book will be right up your alley :)

Within These Walls is the story of 22-year old Lailah Buchanan, who was born with an enlarged heart and all her life, she has been in and out of the hospital; often craving for normalcy and dreaming of life outside the hospital's walls.

25-year old Jude Cavanaug
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 STARS

"Hope was an emotion that could give the smallest man the strength to move mountains."

Since this was not my first read by this author, I knew this book, like her others books it will be sweet and emotional. And it was! I can say for sure this is the best book by this author. This story is beautiful, romantic, sweet, heartwarming and heartbreaking at times. Within This Walls says the story of two people who learn to live, love and most of all hope, two people who learn to live life
Bibiana In Bookland
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Me ha gustado mucho la historia, me ha parecido muy bonita, pero me han fallado varías cosas, que la hacían poco creíble. Tampoco me ha acabado de convencer la manera de escribir de la autora, lo que ha hecho que no consiguiera meterme de pleno en la historia, pero si que estuvieras enganchada, pues, como he dicho, la trama es preciosa. Es una lectura sencilla, pero bastante predecible.
Sleepless Readmore
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jude & Lailah ♥


two broken hearts
we would destroy each other
before we even had a chance to begin..."

Now this was an adorable read! The storyline was incredible and I loved the plot. If I wanted any nurse or any guy spending time with me in the hospital with me I would GLADLY pick Jude. He is a selfless character and to make me love him more (didn't think possible) he goes off and starts making Lailah's (view spoiler) come true! It made me extrem
Sandy ღCoffee Addict Booksღ
WITHIN THESE WALLS, he became my solace, my sanctuary, and my strength.

Within these walls, I gave myself to a man who said he would always fight for me and love me until the end of time.

Within these walls, I gave my less than perfect heart to the man I loved.

And then...he walked away.

Lailah was born with the heart defect. Most of her life she was in and out of hospital, never had normal life, and never lived until she met Jude a nursing assistant in the same hospital as her. Jude was locked up i
Arabella ~♡AB♡~

3.5 Stars. This was a really sweet story, super swoony with a little steam. Jude works at the hospital as a nurses assistant and it's when he gets transferred to the cardiology Ward that he gets to meet Lailah.

Since the death of his fiance 3 years prior, Jude has felt alone and bereft and works all the hours he can in the place that he lost his first love. When he sees Lailah, finding pleasure in the simple things in life, he finds that he is wanting to do anything he can to put that smile on he
Jeannine Allison
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4.5 stars...

"There was nothing careful about falling in love."

I really enjoyed this novel. It started a little slow but once Jude and Lailah met, it captivated me until the end. One thing I didn't like was how quickly Jude fell in love. (view spoiler). But I loved how Lailah fell in love and the way she admitted it. Once they settled into a rhythm, their story
4 1/2 ANGEL Stars

"Every angel has wings, Lailah.

I LOVED this book!!! It was sweet, and angsty and had a little funny thrown in. I fell in love from the PROLOGUE!

'Like a white knight, he saved me from a life of gray and showed me a world of color.'

I always try to write my reviews immediately after I finish reading so that the emotions are fresh and the memories are "still there". But I have been so busy this week, that I haven't been able to sit down and write one. No problem. The smile is
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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No sabía muy bien que iba a encontrarme en este libro, solo sabía que era New Adult y este género suele gustarme bastante así que no dude mucho a la hora de comprarlo. Y menos mal que me dejé llevar por mi instinto, porque ha sido una lectura memorable que he disfrutado desde la primera página.

Está narrado desde la perspectiva de ambos protagonistas -Lailah y Jude- lo que nos da una visión muy amplia de sus mundos y sus pensamientos,
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Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ay, por favor. Qué historia más tierna. Pensaba que sería un libro diferente a lo que resultó ser (y por ello mismo me gustó muchísimo). Tiene muuuchos tópicos ya vistos en miles de libros pero ¿qué le voy a hacer? Me siguen encantando estas historias. Y aunque la historia de amor me chirrió un poco porque fue quizás precipitada, luego la autora lo arregló. Ha sido muy, muy tierna.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Free on Amazon Dec 20, 2017
Patricia Bejarano
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Puede que sea más un 3.5 pero como Goodreads no tiene medias estrellas, pues eso. Mayormente porque he disfrutado muchísimo de esta historia.
Entre estas paredes es una historia de lucha y superación por parte de ambos personajes principales y ambos por diferentes motivos. El escenario es pequeño, ya que la mayor parte de la novela sucede dentro de un hospital, y aún así, es maravilloso ver como los personajes se desenvuelven ahí.
La relación entre ambos ha sido muy cuqui, tierna y sus momentos
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho acquistato questo libro rapita dalla trama. Mi aspettavo una storia travagliata, dolore, sofferenza, mi aspettavo di versare qualche lacrima (cosa che, ovviamente, è successa!) ma non mi sarei aspettata TUTTO questo!
Non mi aspettavo tanta dolcezza, tanta delicatezza, tanta gioia in un mondo ristretto che avrebbe potuto trasudare solo insofferenza, solo rimpianto. Invece la storia è un inno alla speranza, alla vita. Un invito a non arrendersi mai, a vivere un’esistenza piena, fino in fondo e a
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars for this beautiful and sweet story. I really enjoyed this one. Lailah was born with a heart defect and has spent most of her life in and out of the hospital. She's never really even lived life, missing out on the normal stuff most of us take for granted. Jude is broken and basically lives at the hospital working as a CNA and roaming the halls. He's kind of lost and not who he use to be. I loved these two characters. I loved their first interactions and I loved how sensitive and sweet J ...more
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was just okay for me. I actually wanted to stop reading but I did finish it. This book deals with a few heavy subjects but it's done in a light and never serious way and I'm not sure it completely worked for me because I never really cared about Jude or Lailah. I don't know if I'll be purchasing book 2 to find out what happens based on how I felt about this book...maybe if it goes on sale. ***SPOILERS*** So don't continue to read unless you want to know details about this story and why it j ...more
Annie Brewer
This was the first book I've started and finished in a long time. It kept me glued to my kindle, desperately needing to know more. These characters are both flawed and real and beautiful. I loved them and wanted nothing but for everything to work out for them. It's a tragic lovestory, but also a journey of self-discovery, first love and second chances. I'm so glad I read and experienced it. It got me out of a long book funk. 5 Stars!
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non stavo con lei soltanto perché mi sentissi in debito oppure obbligato. Mi piaceva starle vicino.
Per anni ero rimasto nascosto, sottoterra, in una segreta che io stesso avevo costruito e da cui non volevo uscire. Dopo aver incontrato lei, mi pareva che quelle catene si fossero spezzate e adesso, finalmente, ero risalito in superficie, abbagliato da quel primo squarcio di sole.

Era Lailah il sole. E io ero folgorato dalla sua presenza, così pura e rassicurante.
"Ogni cosa ha un inizio.E questo è il nostro"

Mi ha commosso tantissimo questo libro,alla fine avevo i lacrimoni,una storia d'amore dolce,romantica,straziante,intensa,una storia che fa riflettere su tante cose,il dolore,la rinascita,il sacrificio,la speranza....assolutamente da leggere,e spero che magari ne facciano un film!!

"Era Layla il sole.E io ero folgorato dalla sua presenza,così pura e affascinante"

"Non si può vivere senza soffrire.Fa parte del pacchetto."

Sandra Uv
Jul 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

No me ha gustado. Es una historia bonita pero totalmente irreal y totalmente clicheada. No me he creído en ningún momento la historia de amor. Es un Instalove en toda regla y todo pasa demasiado deprisa. Me he llegado a aburrir y no he sentido nada. Una historia olvidable.

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La mia recensione sul blog

Attirata dalla trama e dalle premesse, avevo paura di piangere come una fontana per colpa di questo libro... invece, per fortuna, è andata molto meglio del previsto! Non che non ci siano scene tristi e commoventi, ma l'epilogo mi ha fatto tirare un sospiro di sollievo.
Per prima cosa mi è molto piaciuto il fatto che il romanzo sia narrato attraverso il punto di vista di entrambi i protagonisti: Lailah e Jude. I racconti in prima
Dec 11, 2017 marked it as no-way-jose
Worst plot there isn’t

Update: 2/2/19 I have no idea why this book was in my “want to read “ shelf. I would never read this. The review above had all the info why and worse of all, it’s a duet or trilogy. I hate those
Dec 10, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Don't know what happened or how I missed reading this book a long time ago. It's been sitting on my Kindle patiently awaiting its turn. This summer I've decided to do a "cleaning" and I am determined that my backlist will decrease.

This is an extraordinarily sweet and loving story -- and I simply fell head over heels in love with the characters, who both are fighting battles of their own. Somehow a cup of chocolate pudding made everything better.

And now, I'm off to read the conclusion to their
I love this book! Great the narration by both, except for how Grace's voice was done. Beautiful, unique and utterly touching. No outside drama, just the pure journey of two people finding each other and making it beautiful. I loved loved loved the "someday list".

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“Life—it really did go on, even after insurmountable grief, debilitating sorrow and a life waiting to begin. As long as we were able to love and be loved in this world, no heart would ever be beyond repair.”

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J.L. Berg is the USA Today bestselling author of the Ready series, the Walls duet and the Lost & Found series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she's not writing, you will find her cuddled up, watching a movie with her family, obsessing ...more

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“Life—it really did go on, even after insurmountable grief, debilitating sorrow and a life waiting to begin. As long as we were able to love and be loved in this world, no heart would ever be beyond repair.” 8 likes
“WITHIN THESE WALLS, he became my solace, my sanctuary, and my strength. Like a white knight, he saved me from a life of gray and showed me a world full of color.” 7 likes
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