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.
Beyond Believing is a sweet, contemporary romance novel. The story unfolds simultaneously with both Olivia, an American and Finn, a Scot, recounting events from their personal histories. We learn of their hopes and aspirations as well as the close-knit friendships that will help them weather the trials and storms that will come their way. As you read the book, you are trying to figure out what connections will form to ultimately weave these two storylines together.
This romance was a fun read and had me flipping the pages non-stop. Despite the huge cast of characters, I never felt lost. I appreciated Olivia’s offbeat sense humour and dry wit.
For those looking for a squeaky clean read, the PG-13 rating does apply here (A couple of F-words, sex scene but not explicit).