Posted in 5 paws, Giveaway, Inspirational, Review on April 27, 2015

Beyond Believing



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 breakthrough 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.


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While the book is somewhat predictable I loved reading about Finn and Olivia’s lives and how their paths crossed through mutual friends throughout the years. It took me a little bit to get used to the viewpoint changing each (or nearly each) chapter. But once I got the swing of it I raced through the book.

I laughed and cried during parts of the book and wanted to high five Olivia for a certain work situation. (don’t want to spoil too much!).  There are a few F* bombs, but thankfully not many.  The book would have been just as good without this word.   I loved the interaction between Olivia and her family and I think that made her realize that maybe she was missing out on something by not having a family.

I thought her relationship with Dan was sweet and how he seemed to know when she needed something and a certain song would play on the radio or Olivia would ask for him to give her a sign and he did..Angels do exist!

Finn was a loveable character and he dealt with a lot before he met Olivia.  I loved that he went to Paris for culinary arts school

Definitely a good read and we give it 5 paws up.



About the Author

D.D. MarxD.D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger, as well as a lover of all things social. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always has a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.

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