Beneath, You're Beautiful

Beneath, You're Beautiful

by Tori Madison, Amanda Krause

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Four words continue to haunt me . . .
You. Have. Breast. Cancer.

I associate them with the upheaval of my life to this point. The last few months have been a test of my strength . . . mentally, emotionally, and physically. Cancer is a monster. It preys on your mind and it consumes you, consistently reminding you of how your life used to be. Life before cancer. I was a successful business woman, running my own design firm, and was happily married to my college sweetheart. My life seemed perfect. Until it suddenly came crashing down all around me.

So, here I am, in the midst of treatment, incinerating the remnants of my shattered marriage and attempting to piece the rest of my life back together. With three amazing friends pushing me forward, the 'post-chemo' finish line is coming into view.

And then . . . there's him. The man I never anticipated. The one who breathes hope and meaning back into my life. A man who kisses my scars and shows me that I'm beautiful. I never expected him. Hell, I never expected cancer. I'm finally ready to write my future, a future I never planned on, but one that is better than I could've ever imagined.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151483445
Publisher: Tori Madison
Publication date: 02/22/2015
Series: Tori Madison's Beneath Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 718,416
File size: 666 KB

About the Author

Happily married and the mother of two, Tori Madison is active in the world of philanthropy and finds joy in making a difference in lives of others. She is an avid reader, lover of life and a breast cancer survivor. Currently residing with her family in Minnesota, she can often be found at Caribou Coffee or at the dance studio with her kids. With a well-known weakness for dark chocolate with sea salt and cheesecake, she also has a fondness for chips and fresh salsa.

Writing a book was never on her radar. After a challenge from a friend to write 1,500 words the story came to life and a new opportunity to make a difference was born.

Her debut novel, Beneath It All, released on September 24, 2014. Beneath, You’re Beautiful is her second novel and the sequel to Beneath It All. It is a two book series.

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Beneath, You're Beautiful 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
FaeRhiannon More than 1 year ago
FTC Disclaimer: This book was provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review of the book. NO monetary compensation for this review or time has been provided. The opinions expressed in our reviews are our own. One of the Best Sentences Ever: “Project Fake Nips was now commencing.” FIRST OFF: If you have not read book one, “Beneath It All” — STOP READING THIS AND GO READ THAT!!! This review will contain spoilers for book one, and you desperately need to read book one first!!! — Did you read book one? Yes? Good!  OK!!! On to the Review! — If it were possible to give a book (or a series) more than five stars… this would be it. Similar to Spinal Tap’s amp that goes up to 11, this book would go up to a 12. I am incredibly grateful that a friend asked me if I’d like to review this book by an author that I’ve never heard of… At first I was a bit wary as a lot of review books have been letting me down lately. I asked her if I could read book two as a standalone or if I should read book one first, and she emphatically said that I needed to read book one. So I did… in about 24 hours. I TORE through that book, and then I devoured book two (metaphorically). As reviewers, we’re supposed to give honest opinions and here’s mine: I am in love with Tori Madison and all that she writes. I literally got 30% of the way through “Beneath It All” and wrote to most of the women in my family and demanded that they read it. Book two begins with Victoria calling Dr Blake Forrester back — after he’s transferred her to another doctor and asked her out for coffee… after her marriage fell apart due to her husband Noah being a lying, cheating scumbag… I was actually writing out my thoughts as they came to the aforementioned friend and informed her, “I want to attempt to kill Noah in a slow, mangled process that leaves him horribly disfigured, impotent and in pain for the rest of his life because as he begs for death I’ll deny it to him.” She found this hilarious and passed it along to Ms. Madison. A good laugh was had by all…. but seriously… Have you seen or read “The Princess Bride”? In the end, when Westley claims they will fight “to the pain”? Look up that quote. That’s what Noah deserves. These books aren’t just about triumph over a disease that is prevalent in 1-in-8 women… it’s not just about loss and pain.. it’s about sisterhood, best friends, rebirth, strength, the ability to know when you need to be left alone… and the ability to know you need to be held and not be strong for a little while… Just when Victoria thinks she’s about to be free… cancer finds its way back into her life. This book made me cry — and that’s a very rare thing for me. I’m not a crier. This book made me literally laugh out loud. I have so many quotes highlighted it looks like a coloring book.  Her use of music in the book is perfect, and she has my undying love for including the song “Falling Slowly” — arguably one of the best and most underrated love songs ever. This book is wise, and innocent; it’s painful and free; it’s dark and filled with light; and it’s sexy (Yeah… some pretty awesome sex)… It’s everything that an amazing, memorable book should be. Tori Madison has that skill, rarely seen these days, of using a simple turn of phrase with dialogue and making it just click with something inside of you. Victoria is speaking to her friend, Bobbie Jo, saying she knows she will feel beautiful again “… someday” and Bobbie Jo responds with, “You’re beautiful every day…” — Where one would say “you’re always beautiful”, Tori Madison switches it up just enough to have it stick with you. It is reminiscent of moments of dialogue by Nora Roberts’ — which is one of the highest compliments I can give. I can only hope that Tori Madison writes more — I know I’ll read pretty much anything she puts out.  If my ranting and raving hasn’t driven you away yet — good. Know that you need to read these books, and share them with the special women in your lives. Be aware of your body and spend time with those you love. Don’t ever block out love. Let it come to you. And never settle for less than you deserve. Read these books. Find her on FB or Goodreads and let her know how they’ve touched your life. Other Fantastic Quotes: “I’m bald, I don’t have boobs, and my skin is dry and pasty. Let’s be honest, I look like the goddamn female version of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings.” “You know what? I’m done hearing Noah’s name. I don’t want to hear it anymore.” “You mean, f***-nuts?” “What? Did you just call him ‘f***-nuts’?” “I sure did. Isn’t it fitting?” “Because let’s be honest, breakfast without bacon was a crime.”
zetti786 More than 1 year ago
Beneath You’re Beautiful Review This is my honest review in return for an ARC. The storyline that is included in this story is very close to my heart as a friend of mine had cancer. I knew yet again that this book was going to make me cry, and yeah yet again I had puffy and red eyes from reading this book. Throughout the book there are moments that was actually quite difficult to read but this is a story about survival, about fighting and how life doesn’t always work out the way you want it to. Victoria is a kick ass survivor who has been through so many things and got through it. The last book ended on a cliff hanger so when I finally got my hands on this book, I was so excited. This book didn’t disappoint me at all.  It has been a eye opener in some ways, I am very diligent usually about giving myself an exam but a particular storyline that happen in this book had me in tears for a few hours. Whilst this is fiction, it is easy to see it happening in real life. My heart ached for the characters, I felt every gut punch, every smile radiate through me and I truly went on an emotional rollercoaster. This book will stay with me forever. I am so glad that last year I got the chance to read Tori’s debut novel, she is an inspiration to me and one day I will follow in her footsteps and write my book. I loved the story; it is real, honest and truthful. Ladies I recommend this read so much! You will need a box of tissues and a cuddle at some point. I know I did.
mjlovestoread More than 1 year ago
The second book in this duet was even better the first. Tori Madison has proven that she is one helluva great writer and can take something so personal and so close to her very being and give it life. This saga of a seemingly happily married woman and the struggles she faces in battling breast cancer kept me riveted. In this book, Victoria is now pushing forward with her life after her less than noble husband left her for another woman while she so bravely wages the war against this hideous disease. With her trio of besties by her side and the surprise love that she begins to explore with her former doctor, it seems that nothing can stop this formidable woman from conquering the world. We watch as she painstakingly goes through her treatments, so starkly recalled by the author yet presented almost lovingly to the reader. This personal journey, that we are witness to from the start, is so beautiful told. I am continually in awe of this character and her strength to get well. Her knight in shining armor, Dr. Blake Forrester, might just be one of the sexiest doctors I have ever read. His ongoing patience and support had me swooning something fierce. But even in my envy, it was hard not to love his devotion to his woman, when she felt so broken. So unworthy of true love. The way he worships her is simply breathtaking. What I loved was that the story does not hold back. We are exposed to all the awful side effects of cancer yet, we are also subject to the abundance of love that Victoria gains tenfold from not only Dr. McHottie but from those crazy broads, Jen, Bobbie Jo and Dana. Their unconditional support and love of their friend not only made me extremely glad and also laugh often but also brought a tear to my eyes more than once at the special nature of their relationship.The much needed comic relief in the form of Bobbie Jo warmed my heart. She is quite the character and Victoria is quite lucky to have her. Although there is some drama that unfolds and a few bumps that continue to set up shop in Victoria's road to happiness, overall this story truly made me smile. In the end it is a story of hope, perseverance and the abundance of surprises and twists and turns that life can have in store when you least expect them. The author took what she knew and wrote a tale that she couldn't help but knock out of the park. It is a part of her and it shows. This book ends with quite possibly the most perfect parting line a character has ever uttered. You will want to pump your fist up in the air when you read it. I applaud the author for digging deep within herself and writing a story that resonated so profoundly. I know this storyline will have a huge impact and is well deserved of the accolades it will surely receive. A huge 5 stars for a job just so well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first thought about reading this book I thought "there is no way Tori could top Beneath It All", but she did... plus some!! In this book you will laugh, you will cry, and again you will scream at it. Victoria is an amazing woman and her strength prevails through this book as she is once again faced with problem after problem. This books has set my standards pretty high as far as the "man of the book goes", I dont want to give too much away but woowza!!! Be prepared to not want to put this book down... it will suck you in just as much if not more than Beneath It All!! Wonderful job Tori!! You set the bar pretty high for 2015, I'm not sure anyone can beat this book!!