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[Review] Beyond Believing – D.D. Marx [Blog Tour]

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What could be better on a Monday than another book review? Welcome, booknerds, to the Ginger Mom’s stop on the Beyond Believing book tour! Let’s take a peek at the book, shall we?
MARX_Believing_FRONT_WEB.jpgBeyond Believing
by D.D. Marx
Series: The Beyond Trilogy
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing Group
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format Read: Kindle
Source: Author for Review
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo 
⭐⭐⭐1/2

When Olivia gets news of her best friend Dan’s fatal car accident, her life is shattered. Consumed with grief and struggling to find any meaning or purpose to life, she trudges along with a gaping void in her heart. Finally, when her frustration reaches its peak, Olivia decides to put her trust in the depth of friendship the two of them shared. That trust finally allows him to break through to her, and Dan begins to guide Olivia through the twists and turns of her life, leading to something new and entirely unexpected.

When Olivia exposes a gigantic internal scandal at work, her career implodes. With no job and nowhere to turn, she escapes to Palm Springs for the sympathy and care of her beloved cousin, Garrett. However, with only weeks left before the opening of his newest store, “Gin and Tonic,” Garrett isn’t quite the comfort Olivia had expected. She yet again tries to find her way, and in the process meets someone who begins to fill that void in her heart. She’s never before experienced a love like this; it heals her soul and rekindles her spirit – and just may have been the design of her dearly departed friend all along.

Beyond Believing is a sweet, funny, and romantic story that touches the heart, serves up delicious twists and turns, and shows the reader that there’s no such thing as “coincidence”. Author D.D. Marx regards this book as her “love letter to friendship,” written in memory of her best friend, Dan.

Megan's review

Wow! This book has so many levels to it! I gave it 3.5 stars (rounding up to 4 on Amazon and Goodreads) The first level was oh my gosh, depressing! Dan dies. First few pages. And I sat there, staring at the page going “what?” (Keep in mind, I read the synopsis when I signed up for the tour – briefly, but I read it – and completely forgot about it when I started reading). And then, bad thing after bad thing happens to Olivia and I kinda wondered if she was ever going to catch a break!

This lasts for a solid 50% of the book. Then . . . the love story! The first part of it was actually a little comical because Olivia tends to get drunk each time she’s around Finn for a bit and she makes a fool of herself a couple times. And the monologue from both of them! I thought I was reading about a horny teenager for a bit. It was pretty funny! But then, you see them start to form a relationship and it turns into a pretty sweet love story.

Do I understand the need to show us that Olivia’s life pretty much sucked after Dan died? Yes. Was it hard at times to keep trudging through the crud, hoping for something better to come? Yes. With my limited contemporary background, I’m not used to the real-life depressing story. Most of the books I read are a little sugar coated. BUT – was it worth it once I got to the Olivia AND Finn part (because you spend the first part of the book with them in their separate lives)? Yes, absolutely!

Issues . . .

While I enjoyed the story, their were a couple issues for me. The first was the passage of time. Even now, I don’t have a clue how much time passed in the first book. None whatsoever.

Second – the present tense was hard for me to read. At least, it was for the first half of the book. Once the tempo picked up with the love story, it was still a little annoying but much easier to handle. This is my own personal preference, though. The tense was executed perfectly so, for someone who enjoys reading books written in this form, you’re good to go!

Finn. Oh. Holy. Hotness! I really enjoyed his character (and it definitely had me wishing I was reading this in audio format – he’s Scottish and sounds so hot!). Olivia . . . I’m still not really sure about her. I definitely had a problem at first with her blind trust in “signs” like radio songs and license plates to make really big decisions in her life. But, once I saw that it was a theme with the story, I let it go. I kinda like her character but she doesn’t fall into the top favorites category. Finn, however . . . being a chef, as well? Definite contender!

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Final verdict? I think the best way to rate this book is to split it in half. First half – ugh and super frustrating. Second half – horny teenagers and then this adorably cute love story. I will be continuing the series because the ending definitely makes you think that it’s going to keep getting better. My fingers are crossed. Dan, don’t let us down!

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A super big thanks to iRead Book Tours and D.D. Marx for sending me a copy of this book to review and allowing the Ginger Mom to participate in this tour 🙂 And guess what? There’s a GIVEAWAY! There are 3 packages available (ending December 28, 2017) . . .

1st package
Kindle Fire 8 16gb that includes the ebook copies of the Beyond Trilogy (this one is open to the US only, sorry)

2nd package
A spa basket that includes paperback copies of the Beyond trilogy (also open only to the US)

3rd package
ebook copies of the Beyond trilogy PLUS a $25 Amazon gift card (this one is open Internationally!)

That’s all I have for you today! Happy Monday 🙂
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3 thoughts on “[Review] Beyond Believing – D.D. Marx [Blog Tour]”

  1. GAH! I’m not sure what writers like about present tense?! I tried writing that and basically you just have to plow forward like a pile driver… it’s too much! Still it sounds like a hard romance to slog through… though CHEF! And Scottish?! What! I concur Oh holy hotness! ♥️

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