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Reviewed by Fiza Pathan for Readers' Favorite
Across the Distance by Marie Meyer is the story of Jillian Lawson and Griffin Daniels who were best friends since they were six years old. Later their friendship blossomed into a love so powerful that not only does it bring a smile to your face but a tear to your eye. Across the Distance is a perfect love story denoting to the reader that love sometimes can be friendship and that love is the basis of friendship; and finally, a strong friendship becomes even more beautiful when it evolves into love. This narrative is the tender love story of the passionate Jillian, a student designer, and her upcoming rock star, best friend Griffin.
More than just romance, Across the Distance shows us that we must never cheat ourselves out of happiness, especially when that happiness is for the good of the ones we love the most. Jillian, throughout her life, held herself responsible for the tragic deaths of her mother and father during the 9/11 terrorist attack…it was Griffin at that time who helped to pull her through and who ultimately, as a true loving friend, gave her a new lease on life. Across the Distance is about these rare friendships that we search for every day in the eyes of those we care for. Sarah, Chandra, Ren, and Jennifer are some other great characters whom we meet in this book that make the narrative even more colourful.
The novel is excellent and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. I would recommend Meyer’s novel to adults above 18, especially to those who have found their soul mate in the form of their once true best friend. The emotions in Across the Distance tend to consume all the senses of the reader, making it a fantastic page turner. Minimal descriptions but a lot of suspense make the story of Jillian and Griffin a wonderful read. This book is a winner.