“A short story for anyone who’s ever wondered whether they should take a leap of faith on love.
Emma thought she’d be the next of her friends to get engaged but when her boyfriend, Gray, says he needs some space, she has no idea where this leaves their relationship. As she struggles to deal with her emotions, in walks Sam, a man from her past who’s ready to declare his love for her. Luckily, she has her best friend, Jessica, to help keep her head on straight and to remind her to keep her clothes on too! Should she wait for her boyfriend to come back to her or should she revisit love with an old flame? No matter which man she chooses, Emma knows one thing, love leaps.
Approx. 8,000 words, 40 pages – perfect for a quick read anywhere you have a free 30 minutes. Written as a first person narrative, set in Raleigh, NC.” (description from Goodreads)
Karen Jerabek’s Love Leaps was a pleasure to read and a real eye opener. The reader gets great insight, through the main character Emma, of what it’s like to be out of the loop about one’s own romantic relationship.
As a male reading this I feel that I was able to sympathize with Gray’s need for space. I didn’t agree fully with the way he explained his need to Emma, but I think it was very realistic. A lot of guys, myself included aren’t great with expressing their thought process. I can also, and more comfortably, side with Emma in this. She was told out of the blue that her boyfriend needed space and would be in contact once he was ready. I would be just as much of a wreck were my significant other to blind side me like that, leaving me with no hope but to wait out the absence and the communication silence.
For a short story there was a good amount packed into it to enjoy. The conflict of heart Emma went through during her period of uncertainty was also a great addition. It aided in the mystery of how this story would end. I think the ending was great as well and a little unexpected for me.
While I thoroughly enjoyed Love Leaps, I’d enjoy reading a companion story to this. I think if the author were to share a story from Gray’s point of view it’d bring both sides of the story together and be very enjoyable. (Though this isn’t necessary, it’s just wishful thinking. I enjoy this author’s work.)
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