Sunday, November 22, 2015

REVIEW: COMPASS by JEANNE MCDONALD


Compass
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Jada D'Lee Designs
Release Day: November 17, 2015

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As teenagers, time
is infinite and love is made of fairy tales and caramel corn. For Alexis York
and Ryan Fisher, their friendship was the cornerstone of who they were. In the
wake of a family tragedy, that friendship was torn apart by time and distance.
Unrequited love was never reciprocated, and two lives that were once
intertwined, now moved on different trajectories.

Fifteen years later, these two friends are given a
second chance to correct the mistakes of the past. With one flight, a new home,
and a little help from a tiny red compass, Alexis and Ryan are reunited,
setting them back on the same course. Together, they find themselves on a
journey of rediscovery, friendship, hope, and love. 



Yet, when the harsh realities of life threaten to
tear them apart for good, will Alexis and Ryan lose all hope of a happily ever
after? Or will the childhood promises of forever lead these two hearts through
impossible odds and back into each other's arms?


"You're my compass. My one true north."





Reading a book by a new author is a gamble as you have no idea whether or not you will enjoy the journey you will be taken on. This was the challenge I faced when I decided to read Compass by Jeanne McDonald. Now that I am at the point of writing my review, I have to say I am glad I took the gamble as I got the chance to read a story that will stay with me for some time to come.

Compass is a beautiful and heartwrenching story of first love and second chances.  It's the kind of story that keeps you engrossed from start to finish. It tells the story of Ryan Fisher and Alexis York. These two have been best friends for most of their lives. They were inseparable. However, time and circumstances conspired to put a wedge in their friendship. Alexis was forced to move to New York City leaving her best friend behind.   At this point in the story, I was an emotional wreck. Their goodbye was bittersweet.  Their promise to never forget each other and to always keep in touch was poignant. It was evident that their feelings for each other went beyond friendship, but they were both afraid to admit it.

Fast forward fifteen years later, Alexis and Ryan are living their lives separate from each other. They are both successful in their respective careers and have forged new friendships.  However, their lives were incomplete as they were both missing the love of their better half. As fate would have it, their paths would once again cross under the most unlikely circumstances.  At this point in the story, I was all smiles. I felt the joy and excitement of their reunion. So deep was their connection,it was like they were never separated.

Ryan and Alexis have received a second chance to express their feelings for each other.  Will they cease this opportunity or will they continue to keep each other in the friend zone?  I found their interaction at this point entertaining,albeit a bit frustrating at times. There were moments when I felt shaking them both due to their failure to see what was staring them in their faces.  Everyone around them saw what they failed to see.

The characters were well-developed and easy to relate to. Alexis is smart, strong, independent and feisty.  She was struggling with issues of trust that stemmed from her parents’ divorce.  However, we see her gaining perspective, thus enabling her to move on. Ryan is adorable, caring,  confident and sexy. The story was well written and well paced.  It had a mixture of humour and sadness. There was a point in the story where my heart was in my throat as I feared the worst.  The title was fitting for this story. A simple toy compass guided two people, who had lost their way, back to each other.

Compass depicts that when two people are meant to be together, no matter how much time has passed, they will find their way back to each other. It also shows that true love transcends time and will endure for a lifetime.

I loved everything about this book.  I'm a new fan of Jeanne McDonald, who will be looking forward to reading more of her work.


“You can’t let fear steal your chance to love. If you and Ryan part ways, which I don’t ever see happening, but if it happens, don’t let that deter you from loving again. Love is learning. It’s taking chances. It’s making mistakes. But most of all, it’s allowing yourself to trust and be trusted.”


Lex, you’re my best friend in the whole world. Just remember, every time you feel off course, follow your heart. It’s your compass. It will always lead you to where you belong.   Flying high, Ryan















Jeanne McDonald is an author, a mother, a wife, a student of knowledge and of life, a coffee addict, a philosophy novice, a pop culture connoisseur, inspired by music, encouraged by words, and a believer in true love.  When she's not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, enjoying a great film, chatting with friends or diligently working toward her bachelor's degree in literature.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

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