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Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson
Contemporary fiction

Beyond the Point

We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Claire Gibson, on your first book!

by Claire Gibson

Quick take

Three young women enter West Point on the eve of 9/11. Their lives will never be the same.

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    400+ pages

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Why I love it

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Author, A Woman Is No Man

When you run a bookstagram account, you read so many books. Sometimes I lose count of how many I’m reading at once. Sometimes I focus on a single book and don’t come up for air until I am done. That’s what happened with Beyond the Point. When I started reading it, I had no idea just how much it would pull at my heartstrings.

Gibson tells the story of three women—Dani, Hannah, and Avery—over the span of seven years, from the sunset of their high school years to the dawn of a new, shared era at West Point Military Academy, in the wake of the devastating 9/11 attacks. We follow their intertwining stories as they form long-lasting friendships, striving to be the best they can be for their families, country, and faith. Through these women, we are reminded of the strength it takes to summon the courage to face challenges in both war and peace.

As a new author, reading other debuts has taken on a new significance. Still, I was surprised to find out that this was Gibson’s first novel—the writing is polished and seamless! If you love women’s fiction, historical fiction, or well-written stories about friendship, this is a book for you.

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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?

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Get an early look from the first pages of Beyond the Point.

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  • Grand Forks, ND

    “This isn’t what I like to read” I told myself as I choose it. I was partly right, b/c I didn’t like it, I LOVED it. The characters and lessons are so real, raw, and full of emotion. Flawless work, CG

  • Cabot, AR

    Hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year! I’m a military spouse (& former athlete) so this books hits close to home in parts. I laughed, cried, cheered etc. Read it! You won’t regret it!

  • Phoenix, AZ

    This was an incredible book filled with the stories of 3 separate amazing, courageous and imperfect women and their journey before, during and after their path at West Point. Could not put this book down!

  • Sinking Spring, PA

    Gah. This book brought out all the emotions in this former Navy Brat. The author’s ability to connect faith, friendship, and the military grabbed me in a way that I didn’t know was possible. Loved it!

  • Redondo Beach , CA

    I read through this book in one day, I could not put it down. One of the most amazing books I’ve read. Full of life, love, loss, perseverance and strength. It’ll make you smile and cry the whole way.

  • Rogers , AR

    I’m so glad I decided to join Book of the Month because I probably never would have decided to pick this book up and I’d definitely be missing out. This book is SOOO good. I loved that the story was

  • Pittsburgh , PA

    Fantastic read about strong women, friendship, love, overcoming tragedy and ‘life’. I found mysef identifying with parts of the characters on personal levels, one of those reads that stays with you.

  • League City, TX

    As a female West Point grad, this is the first time I’ve ever seen my experiences and struggles actually depicted. Gibson’s characters are fantastic and relatable and I’d recommend this to anyone.

  • Tujunga, CA

    I loved this book. I was hooked after a few chapters in. It was all about friendship, love, unity, and tragedy. I liked that each chapter was from someone else’s perspective. Long book but so worth it

  • Paia , HI

    I read this while at West Point for my brother’s graduation. Needless to say, I was emotional. I loved asking my brother how his experience matched up with that of the strong women from the book. Love

  • Denham Springs, LA

    Through strong, relatable characters & a narrative told from multiple perspectives, the author weaves a compelling story about female friendship & life in the military. Long but I couldn’t put it down

  • North Charleston, SC

    This book had me hooked right away. It was so good and very much real life when It came to love, friendship, and heartache. This was one of those books that I needed recovering time from before the next

  • Weymouth, MA

    I chose this book half-heartedly because it was the better of the choices for that month. I don’t usually read books like this but all I have to say I laughed, cried and absolutely loved it.

  • Marana, AZ

    Tied with Circe for my favorite BOTM. If you’ve ever wondered how much our service members sacrifice on the daily, then this is the book for you. I greatly look forward to Ms. Gibson’s other works!

  • Austin, TX

    Multiple perspective narrative of heartache, friendships and hard work. If the sisterhood went to West Point that’s this book. Dynamic characters, facing their own demons, find strength in their bond.

  • George West , TX

    I have been a member of BOTM for a year now and this is far and above the best book choice I have read. It is so much more than a West Point, 9/11, military novel. It’s literature gold at its finest.

  • Sioux City, IA

    What an incredible story weaved across so many different parts of the three women’s lives. It was a TOME but I devoured it rather quickly after letting it sit on my shelf for two years. Glad I read it

  • Nashville , TN

    I haven’t read many stories about the armed forces but after going to West Point and watching football/being a student athlete, I was very intrigued in the differences and similarities our lives had.

  • east Hampton, NY

    Wow! The story of these 3 women’s paths through early life was fantastic. The highs and lows and adventures had me hooked from the start. I loved it. Makes you want to call your friends to catch up

  • Dallas, TX

    This book is wonderfully written. I want this to become a movie and i hope it’s executed as well as the book is written. You felt yourself coping & celebrating with the characters as if you were there

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