Within these walls is a story of pain and survival. Within these walls is a romance of love and sacrifice and within these walls are two people who had the courage to let go of guilt and find each other, to make a new life with each other.

“He wasn’t just hot. He was different. Different and hot were a deadly combination for all females, even for me, and that made him interesting. But love is not an option for me.” Lailah

Young Lailah’s been within the walls of the hospital more than she could remember being at home. Battling demons of her heart and waiting for that small glimmer of hope that can change her life, she is one courageous lady trying to make the best of her situation. She gives herself pep talks of encouragement within the walls of her almost permanent home and even cracks jokes to herself, about herself.

“Then I had seen her. As if she didn’t have a care in the world. She had been eating pudding without a spoon while staying in a hospital, like it was the most normal thing in the world. I had been selfish. So damn selfish.” Jude

Years of guilt and pain have driven Jude to living within the walls of his torturous heart. Once a happy go lucky guy and with the world at his feet, tragedy drives him to make a home within the walls of a hospital, severing ties with his family. A chance meeting with Lailah, spending time with her and becoming more than friends, becomes his salvation.


Jude and Lailah will make their readers shed more than a few tears as they get to know each other. If Jude bends backward to make it his life mission to fulfill Lailah’s “Lailah’s Someday List”, Lailah with her patience and positivity, helps Jude get past his guilt and hurt. They both make an endearing couple and you can’t help but cry and laugh with them every step of their story. There are so many instances in the book that brought tears to my eyes and I lived the pain and love with Jude and Lailah as I read the book.

J.L Berg’s latest release “Within These Walls” is one of the most poignant and courageous stories I’ve read. Jennifer writes from her heart, and Jude and Lailah are her crowning glory as she leaves footprints across the globe. Having followed her from her first book, “When You’re Ready” (Ready Series),  she has penned herself into an awesome writer with her latest book.

“Within These Walls” will leave an indelible mark on the heart of the readers!!

Received an ARC from the author for an honest review.