Written by D.D. Marx ⎮ Narrated by Heather Masters and Angus King
Author: D.D. Marx
Narrator: Heather Masters and Angus King
Length: 5 hours and 41 minutes
Series: The Beyond Series, Book 1
Publisher: Beyond Publishing
Released: July 16, 2019
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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 listener 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.
This audiobook was provided by its author, D.D. Marx, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks, D.D.!
D.D Marx holds a profound talent for creating a story that is endearing, mysterious, believable, romantic, and enthralling. Hopeless romantics, voracious readers, and spiritualists may all find something of value to treasure within this engaging easy to follow love story that has many stories and elements blended into one “meant-to-be” love story. For those struggling to believe in fate and holding the hope that the right person is out there---reading Beyond Believing may assist restoring a bit of that belief in the higher powers that are guiding true love connections. Although this is a love story, it is also a story of loss, grief, and moving on after an unthinkable tragedy has occurred.
The main protagonist Olivia lost her best friend, Dan, and his passing changed her perceptions of the world and her future life path. After Olivia asked Dan for a sign, he began to communicate from the other side via license plate number synchronicities, scents, dreams, and the most intriguing-- John Mellencamp songs. “Small Town” was the song that bridged the gap between worlds and led Olivia to a new job and a beautiful man named Finn McDaniel with a generous heart that was shattered by the passing of this first wife and baby. Finn worked hard to build a life after an intense tragedy and wasn’t looking for love when an embarrassing chance first meeting orchestrated by Olivia’s cousin was precisely what fate had in mind for these two lovely souls to meet.
Audio aspects of Beyond Believing were well captured via the talented duo Heather Masters and Angus King, both of these talented individuals have created a lovely medley of cheerfully upbeat Heather and the calm, sultry, cadence of Augus’s Scottish accent created an entertaining dialogue that added a theatrical presence to the book’s narration. The vocal characters alternate chapters with their perception of their spiritual beliefs and life circumstances, and the budding romance that was divinely guided by Dan and others in the realm of spirit.
Beyond Believing (the first of four) is not only a beautiful love story that fueled the undying belief that true love does exist; it provided an example that one can rebuild after unthinkable tragedy and learn to love life yet again.