Sara Elizabeth Goodman lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband and their miniature schnauzer, Rosalita. She is a high school English and journalism teacher, and in her spare time she attends as many concerts as she can. She is the author of Roman Glass and the blog Sara*ndipity. Follow her on Twitter @saraegoodman.
Beyond The Palaceby Sara Elizabeth Goodman
From the first moment that Ben sees Laura, she seems too good to be true. Stunning, elegant, adventurous, and intolerably charming, she is everything that he wants in a woman. She even shares his passion for Bruce Springsteen's music. And before he even realizes that it's happened, Ben has turned his whole life upside down to follow Bruce around the country with her.
Laura fascinates him because everything about her is a contradiction. She never lies, but she never quite tells the truth either. She's wildly outspoken and passionate, yet smoothly changes the subject whenever she is asked a direct question about herself. She manages to intrigue and infuriate, attract and repel, charm and disarm Ben at every turn. Yet there's something sweet beneath her flippant exterior; something that Ben realizes that only he is allowed to see. And no matter how much he tries to stay away, he is unable to resist her.
But Laura has secrets that threaten to destroy their unlikely friendship. She is wealthy, yet unemployed. She has no family, and she seems to have almost no past, except for an older man whose relationship to her Ben cannot figure out. And she claims that she doesn't believe in love.
When the tour ends, Ben knows that he wants more from his relationship with Laura. But he doesn't know what Laura wants. And neither does she.
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This was definitely a great read. i could not put it down. the book spoke to me just as much as the music speaks to me. do yourself a favor and invest some time. you wont regret it.
I was really glad to finally have a finished, polished version of Beyond the Palace at my fingertips. I remember reading the draft way back in newspaper class, and it was amazing, although I had mostly forgotten how it goes before opening it up again. Anyway, before I go on, I must stop and say: BUY THE BOOK. If you love Bruce Springsteen, if you love music, if you just want a damn good read. It will pull you in from the beginning but the last third (the home stretch, as I call it) won't let you go. Strong character development, intense drama,some angst, witty dialogue, what more could you want? To me, this feels like a cross of High Fidelity and the Great Gatsby. What does that mean? A phenomenal book - there's a troubled sort of romance going on, but even though Ben is the protagonist and narrator, there would be no story without Laura.
This is a fabulous relationship story about Bruce Springsteen tramps. You don't have to be a Springsteen fan to enjoy it!! Very well written!
I have actually read this book twice now. Mostly because it is so consuming you can't put it down! If you love huge concerts, if you've listened to Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, or if you have ever had a complex relationship, you will immediately find yourself drawn into this story. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do.
I'm not a HUGE reader, but I couldn't set this book down. Very fun and interesting read! Highly recommended.