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Book Review – Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson

Summary: Three women are brought together in an enthralling story of friendship, heartbreak, and resilience. Set at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, this is an amazing debut novel.

Duty. Honor. Country. That’s West Point’s motto, and every cadet who passes through its stone gates vows to live it. But on the eve of 9/11, as Dani, Hannah and Avery face four grueling years ahead, they realize they’ll only survive if they do it together.

Everyone knows Dani is going places. With athletic talent and a brilliant mind, she navigates West Point’s predominantly male environment with wit and confidence, breaking stereotypes and embracing new friends.

Hannah’s grandfather, a legendary Army general, offers a stark warning about the dangers that lie ahead, but she moves forward anyway, letting faith guide her path. When she meets her soul mate at West Point, the future looks perfect, just as planned.

Wild child Avery moves fast and doesn’t mind breaking a few rules (and hearts) along the way. But she can’t outpace her self-doubt, and the harder she tries, the further it leads her down a treacherous path.

The world—of business, of love, and of war—awaits Dani, Hannah, and Avery beyond the gates of West Point. These three women know that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But soon, that adage no longer rings true—for their future, or their friendship. As they’re pulled in different directions, will their hard-forged bond prevail or shatter?

Beyond the Point is a heartfelt look at how our closest friends can become our fiercest battle buddies. After all, the greatest battles we fight rarely require a uniform.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Review: This book was phenomenal. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it. The summary didn’t pull me in. I chose it because I didn’t like any other choices for April’s Book of the Month. But, I am so glad this is the one I ended up with.

Hannah, Avery, and Dani are all wonderful characters. I loved seeing their friendship grow over the years, even through hardship and distance. I also loved that, even if they had problems in their friendship, in the end it was strong enough to persevere.

I cried a lot in the last few chapters. A whole lot. Grab a box of tissues. My heart still hurts. One of my favorite books of 2019 so far.

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