Where You'll Land

Romance - Suspense
279 Pages
Reviewed on 01/06/2019
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

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!

Edith Wairimu

Where You'll Land by Jacqueline Simon Gunn is an eye-opening read that seeks to explore interrelationships between people and how one person’s decisions affects those of others around him. In the story, Alex is focused on relocating to Miami and moving on from a nasty break-up. Once in Miami, she meets Will and is immediately attracted to him. He seems hesitant at first but he soon starts to reciprocate Alex’s feelings. Their relationship is stormy as Will struggles to put his past behind him and move forward. His insecurities and trust issues make the relationship much more strenuous for him and Alex. While trying to make sense of it all, they both drag other people into the confusion.

Where You'll Land is emotionally intense. Jacqueline Simon Gunn captures the characters’ feelings expertly, making them feel palpable. As an external party looking into their circumstances, I was able to see and understand how decisions made by other people affect our own and vice versa. The plot slowly unfolds, which allows for the development of each scene and the exploration of each character’s thoughts and their ultimate actions. I liked that the story is based on real-life situations which made it difficult for me to predict the outcome. The advice and the lessons contained were also informative and they can be useful to a wide range of readers. Where You'll Land by Jacqueline Simon Gunn is enlightening and, most importantly, it is adeptly written by a clinical psychologist who offers her insights in the book.

Ruffina Oserio

Where You'll Land by Jacqueline Simon Gunn is a deeply moving, emotionally rich romance with powerful lessons on love. Can we really choose who to love and when to fall in love? Alex might have thought one can after a devastating breakup. Moving to Miami to study for her doctorate in psychology, she hopes to be in control, until she meets Will Easton. Will Easton has his own emotional baggage of issues from the past that still haunt him. When dirty secrets begin to surface, does Alex have the courage to face reality and can she muster up enough strength to stay in love with this man?

Jacqueline Simon Gunn is a brilliant storyteller and I enjoyed the emotional intelligence and the wisdom of the heart that is infused into the narrative. The story features different points of views, allowing readers to follow the plot from the perspectives of different characters, and the first person narrative has a unique force that drives the plot. Her gift for dialogue is exemplified in this novel and it greets readers from the opening pages of the story. I enjoy dialogues that contribute to the development of plot and character and Jacqueline Simon Gunn scores great points in this aspect. The characters are rock solid, developed with detailed backgrounds and psychological depth. Where You'll Land is filled with realism and truths that will resonate in the hearts of readers who have developed a pattern of making the same mistakes in relationships. It’s an engaging and hugely entertaining story with a strong appeal to fans of contemporary romance.