A heavy storm, a terrible accident and a family is shattered.Lying unconscious in a hospital bed, Maddie can hear her beloved husband whispering words of intimacy, love and hope. Gently beckoning her back to him, Paul reminds Maddie of their journey from friendship to their deep abiding love and the fears, heartache and hope that shaped their relationship.Maddie feels suffocated by the darkness pressing upon her, as it dredges up her past pain and the blackness that threatened to consume her and her relationship with Paul in those early days. When she tires of fighting, Paul's love and commitment, so evident in his voice, woos her once again to reach past her physical and emotional pain and find his arms again.Beyond the Night is a hauntingly beautiful tale of love lost and found, hope destroyed and restored with an ending that brought me to tears and filled me with joy! Marlo Shalesky's insight into the human heart is exceptional and her talent with the written word, indisputable. This story will inspire you to love more generously, persevere during hardship, embrace hope and seek God. Beyond the Night is the first in Marlo's Love Stories With a Twist series and leaves me highly anticipating each story that will follow.
Beyond the Night is an amazing love story that will make your heart sing. In some ways it had that sad/beautiful feel of yearning hope and unrequited love...sort of like the mood of Sparks's novel The Notebook, except this story wasn't rated R. They beauty of the author's writing style filled me with awe, and the way she used dialogue and internal thoughts to convey deep emotion took my breath away. The interaction between Maddie and Paul was so beautiful it made you long for them to realize what they had. At times I wanted to climb through the pages and tell them to wake up and do something about the way they felt. It was awesome...and holy. The spiritual journey was necessary and real, and didn't have a contrived element sometimes found in books where characters are angry at God for some loss they'd experienced. Everything flowed naturally. Even the scriptures. Beyond the Night is also a fabulous illustration of the necessity of God's perfect timing. It shows how God knows our needs and understands our pain even when we don't. It brings to mine a pop song that goes... "You can't hurry love, no, you just have to wait..." You can't read this story without feel changed by story's end. I highly recommend it.
This book reminded me of the movie Notebook based on a book by Nicholas Sparks. This too is a story where Paul helps his wife remember their amazing love story!Maddie, Pauls wife lies in a hospital bed fighting for her life. Paul decided to remind her of how they met, the adventures in college, and how their friendship blossomed into love.Each time Paul tells her part their story he stops and asks, Remember Maddie?He hopes helping her remember will keep her alive. Remembering will give her something to live for.There are many powerful revelations in this book but one really stays with me Hope. It was a strong thing. Invisible. And real. Soft as a flowing stream, strong as a ragging torrent. I love how the author gives a word picture of hope. Marlo has her characters come to this revelation of hope in the story as well. Powerful.Get your tissues ready before you start reading this heartfelt story of friendship, hope, deep love, and the discovery that God doesnt leave us in darkness but longs to love us in it!
You know those books that pack an emotional punch? The ones you cant put down and then after youre done with them you think about them for days?That was Beyond the Night for me.Flowing between the present-day scene of a woman floating on a sea of darkness - at times almost drowning - and her husband groaning for her to wake from her coma, and a series of flashbacks in the 1970s, the real treasure for me were the scenes between Paul and Maddie in their twenties.With graduation on the horizon, Maddies life seems to be following her orderly plan. Get her degree. Become a doctor. Get married.Yes, things are going her way. Until she starts to lose her sight.Paul realizes his love for Maddie on the same night she begins to lose her vision. But how can he convince her that everything will be okay when experience has taught him it wont be?Schalesky has an incredible talent for building emotion in her scenes that is an effortless journey for the reader, who then finds themselves on the edge of the cliff with Maddie - did Paul mean it when he said he loved her???Pauls indecision and heartache over the past also really touched me, as I tend to be an overthinker and relive past mistakes. But he definitely redeems himself through the end of the story!Using delicately weaved-in details, Schalesky managed to bring the past to life, even to someone who wasnt alive during the featured decade. I think these minute details are what also allowed this reader to feel so close to the characters, so entrenched in the scenes.This was my first Schalesky read and I will definitely be looking for her other books. Highly recommended.