Beyond the Roses
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 sh ...more
I knew this story was going to be trouble for me. I saw it, I felt it, and I ignored the warning signs anyway because deep down, I’m a glutton for punishment. I had this pre conceive notion that I was going to be left unscathed when I read the final words from this book because nothing and I mean NOTHING phases me in stories anymore and guess what happened??? I was a goner for these characters!! I fell in love when I shouldn’t have, I got my heart broken into a million tiny pieces and with all o ...more
I wanna start my review by telling you that i'm sorry.
I'm sorry because i know i won't be able to explain the beauty of this book, because i'm just too overwhelmed by all those emotions.
This story is beautifully heartbreaking.
Two days after reading it i'm still here sobbing.
Gosh even writing this review make me cry!!!
Lola & Roman' love is so powerful, deep, and intense: it's the kind of love you find in fairy tales...
But this is not a fairy tales, and sometimes the happy ...more
This is definitely a serious book that revolves around our main character living with an inoperable tumor that is probably going to kill her. She lost her best friend before this book starts and is working at a camp for sick kids. She starts to fall for the doctor at the camp, but he has secrets of his own. This books really heavy and deals with a lot of heavy topics and conversations. You definitely have to be prepared for that. I'm much more used to Monica's dark romances, so this one felt ...more
"Life isn't measured in time, but rather moments, memories."
This is one of those books I just want to hold close to my heart and never let go.
Meant to meet.
Meant to survive.
This book will change your perspective, will show you an unpredictable aspect of life and the uncontrollable power of love.
"Lead with your heart...and you'll find me. Always." ...more
Lola Van Allen is young, beau ...more
⭐️ 5+ "Lead With Your Heart" Stars ⭐️
I literally just finished my read of Beyond the Roses and... I'm not okay! My heart is hurting so badly, but at the same time I'm filled with happy feelings. I'm a complete mess of contradicting feelings! Monica James without a doubt in my mind signed with this novel her best contemporary romance to date!
I feel like this review should be short and sweet, because there's not a lot I want to unveil about the plot. Just from the blurb, it's clear what you're ...more
(𝑨𝑹𝑪 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒚 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒆𝒙𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒏 𝒉𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒓𝒆𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘.)
𝑳𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒊𝒔𝒏'𝒕 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆, 𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒔, 𝒎𝒆𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒔.
If i could ha given this book a thousand stars, i would.
I could have never imagined reading a book that would break me but make me whole at the same time. This book did exactly that.
There are book you read and forget, and there are books you read and never forget. this book falls in the second category.
This book was one of the most beautiful, heartbreaking, t ...more
This beautiful, emotional and quite frankly inspirational ride is one I will not forget anytime soon.
Thank you to the author for this beautiful story that not only broke my heart but pierced it back together at the same time. This book made me feel just like Chasing the butterflies did, like I was watching a movie and I just didn’t want it to end.
Lola, she is one brave and beautiful character and believe it or not you’ll learn a thing or two from her. I sure did. ...more
Lola Van Allen is dying. Her days ...more
I must be dead inside because there is no other explanation as to why this did nothing for me.
Monica James is an exponential writer, there is no denying that but this release… I just wasn’t able to connect with anything. The emotionally driven storyline that touches base on realistic issues that anyone can relate to nor the characters that I didn’t particularly care for. And that is fine because as a reader, you’re not expected to love everything an author dishes out.
I know what you are thinking. Why would you willingly read a book where you know you are going to cry- that you know ...more
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“Beyond the Roses” is a standalone novel by the best-selling author Monica james. Told in dual perspectives , this book completely wrecked me!
Okkkkk… I need some time to swim out of the puddle of tears this author has managed to drown me in, I mean , I have no words! This Book was so beautifully written that I felt every emotion the characters felt in this book. The scenes and emotions won;t just stop playing in my head! I really don’t know ...more
PSA: I’m not spoiling anything. I rather you go into this blind.
I was 25% in this book, and I felt so gutted. My emotions were all over the place. The writing is so beautifully done.
”Whatever happens is mapped out for us, and we ...more
Because it goddamn truly deserves it.
Alright...I am still crying from all the feels this book gave me...this one, here, is a masterpiece of a book made to bring out even the raw hidden pain out of a person.
Lola was the character we can all relate to for an extent but her levels of difficulties in life surpass us...To know your days are numbers yet still having to smile, live for others takes a guts to do...I just can't...😪😪🤧.
This is by far ...more
It's nothing like it.
It was bittersweet, emotional and angsty I spent hours crying over the suffering the characters went through.
This book isn't just fiction it's our reality, the reality we try to forget but it reminds us that there is no running away from it.
I loved how strong and brave was Lola, she thought Ramon was saving her but in the end she was the one saving him.
This book shows how selfless someone can be with the person they really love. It ...more
So, why just four stars? Insta-love very seldom works for me. And the subject matter called for more time between Roman and Lola to make what evolved between them seem more real and believable. And the ending felt a bit overdone ...more
If I could give this a million stars, I would.
Monica sealed the cracks in my soul without even knowing, dealt with sensitive subjects with understanding.
It shattered me and bulit me back again.
‘Beyond The Roses’ is so powerful.
So damn poweful.
Roman and Lola, God knows why, they were the spark and the fire...fated.
I d ...more
Lola is by far one of my favorite female characters ever . She’s strong and fearless. I wish to be just like her.
It took me forever to actually form words after reading this book - Just a warning - you will need tissues, so please have them handy.
“Lead with your heart...and you’ll find me. Always”.
From time to time I’ll read something that reminds me why I love to read romance so much. This was one of those books. Straight away I need to start by saying this is hands down THE most beautiful book I have ever read, and while Lola and Romans story is heartbreaking, it delivers such an important message. Their story is a reminder to take nothing in life for granted, a ...more
Always make Memories, tell them you love them, cherish those memories & never forget <3
I am emotionally in a beautiful book hanger because of Monica James
Beyond the Roses is a magnificent book that must be read!
This book will emotionally tear your heart into pieces with the amount of love that pours off the pages.
I haven't read such a b ...more
You need a good cry? READ THIS ✔
You looking to be inspired? READ THIS ✔
You wanting your heart ripped out of your chest and your soul sucked out of your body and go blind from all of th ...more
This is one of those books where I know, no matter what I write, I will not do this book justice. This is hands down a 2020 most memorable read and will stick with me for a very long time.
It's a book about inner pe ...more
“You gave me a piece of your heart.... so here is mine.”
Monica James stole my heart, my tears and my emotions with the story of Lola Van Allen. Never have I spent over half a book reading through blurred eyes and with tears running down my cheeks. Monica devastated me, made me laugh, did I mention the tears, then there was the anger and the frustration, but most of all there was the undeniable feeling of love that flowed throughout this beautiful st ...more
I have five words for you. I love you, but...
Beyond the Roses was one of my most anticipated reads this year, yet, when it came time to sit down and read it, I was scared. I had heard all the hype and had read the blurb almost a million times and I wanted it. No, I needed this book in my life, but was afraid of what Monica is going to pull out of me. I finally found the courage to dig i...more
I’m still crying big ol ugly cry tears. I’m not okay right now you guys!! 😭 But the good kind of cleansing therapeutic tears you get from a book that simultaneously breaks your heart and mends it back together at the same time. This unputdownable book is just that remarkable, that astonishing that you won’t be the same after reading it. This is one of those unforgettable books that even though you can tell around the middle that the ending is not going to be exactly what you're h ...more
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., ...more