Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Review: Leap by MR Joseph

What if you had no idea your “future” lived beside you your whole life? What if that person was also your best friend? What would you do when you finally realized it? 

MacIntyre “Mack” Cooper and Corrine “Rinny” Blanchard have known each other since birth. Living next door to one another on the South Shore of Long Island, and their parents being best friends, meant growing up together was unavoidable. Their bond made them inseparable. 

What Corrine didn’t expect was the attraction she began to feel towards her best friend as the two grew older. 

As Corrine’s feelings evolve over time and tragedies transpire, she must put her feelings for Mack aside and continue to be just his best friend- unconditionally- when he needs her the most. 

However, what happens when the person you love most in the world is taken away without warning just when you need them the most? Would you give up hope or would your love keep hope- and him alive? 

No one knew Rinny like Mack did. No one ever would. Mack’s advice to her was when life takes a turn, and your faith is tested and your dreams seem out of reach, sometimes you just have to take the leap.

3.5 Stars

Review by Jen Hagen

Mack and Corinne were your typical kids next door.  Every activity done as children was done as a unit – they were inseparable.  Their first kiss was together at the age of 12, and eventually  Mack became Corinne’s first.    Sadly she wasn’t his first, and Corinne has to swallow the bitter pill from here on out.  Mack loves her, but at this moment it’s just as a friend.  Mack’s life takes a turn in his well-planned out future and this changes everything for Mack and Corinne.

The world I live in comes to a screeching halt and Mack begins to weep.  No.  No.  No.  That’s the only thing going through my head.  

Corinne is a saint.  Here she is heartbroken and puts up a wall around her heart just to help Mack.  I don’t know if I could have put that brave mask on and had the fortitude to move forward as she did.  Corinne changes everything to bend to Mack’s needs.  Eventually Mack and Corinne will become the happy couple one would expect, but there are a LOT of bumps in their road.

Life changes again for Mack and Corinne.  Mack’s job takes him to a dangerous situation and Corinne will face a medical crisis without the love of her life.  Corinne is slowly losing herself and without knowing when Mack will return, she faces long days.

I go towards the fogged up mirror and wipe it – displaying the image of someone I don’t know.  Who am I?  What is this all about?

There were several cliché plot lines that I always find enjoyable, but in this case there was too much.  Sometimes a recipe calls for too many ingredients and I found this to be the case.  

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