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.”
I’ve made no secret that I’m a fan of Jeanne’s work. She has this way of sucking you into the world she’s created and the characters who live there. Compass is no different. I sat down to read and only put my kindle down when I had to do something like cook, or pick the kids up from school.
As I turned the pages, I needed to know what was going to happen next. There was no way I was stopping until I’d finished the entire book, and after about 5 hours, I did.
We first meet Lexi and Ryan on the day Lexi is moving away from the only home she’s ever known, thanks to the breakdown of her parent’s marriage. She’s been in love with her best friend for years, but has never told him, and now it’s too late. fast forward fifteen years, Lexi’s moving once more. This time from new York to Texas. She’s been thinking a lot about Ryan, and is debating whether to send him a message via facebook. No need… Ryan is now a pilot, having achieved his childhood dream, and is in the cockpit of Lexi’s flight home. Thanks to a tannoy announcement and a toy compass, they are reunited.
They slip easily into their friendship, almost as if they hadn’t been separated for years, but what Lexi doesn’t realise is that her unrequited love was in fact, requited. What follows is a beautiful slow burn as these friends rediscover each other and get the know the adult their friend has become.
Tinged with sadness and a trauma that had my heart in my throat, McDonald has once more created a story that unfolds in front of you and keeps you wanting more.