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If there’s one thing of which you can be sure when you decide to read a book by Jacqueline Simon Gunn, it’s that you will come away more enlightened about human relationships and why people think and act as they do. That’s because Gunn is not just a writer…and a good one too by the way…but because she is a clinical psychologist. As her profile states, she is “fascinated by human behaviour” and her writing is a way to explore human nature. Explore is what she does through her protagonist, Alex, in Where You’ll Land. Alex is studying psychology…of course…after ending several years of a relationship with Zach that didn’t result in the hoped-for engagement ring. Her determination to steer clear of men is, however, severely tested once she meets Will, another psychology student with whom she feels a connection on a much deeper level. But in time, her relationship with Will becomes complicated by Will’s own past experiences and her interactions with Will’s friend, Jude.
As the plot of Where You’ll Land unfolds, Gunn explores the motivations and emotions of her key characters, clarifying as a therapist would what is really going on in their heads and why. Anyone currently going through romantic relationship issues would do well to read this book. It will get you thinking about how you are looking at your partner e.g. are you seeing your partner as he or she really is, or as you would like them to be? An honest answer to that question might pinpoint why the relationship is suffering. Gunn also drives home the concept that while we might love or be in love with someone, marrying that person is no guarantee of eternal bliss. In fact, as she wisely points out, when we come to know each other’s vulnerabilities, the capacity for hurting each other is even greater. In the end, Alex and Will both recognize these truths. So does their love story have a happy ending? You’ll need to read Where You’ll Land to find out where they land!