Review: CROSSING PATHS by Melanie Stinnett

The crossing paths of friendship, family, love, and loss are often complicated.

June Deckert and Caroline Smith sparked a friendship in college that carried them through graduation. Although they are complete opposites in every way, they have spent the last four years inseparable.

That is, until now.

June finds herself falling for a man who seems unattainable. As she works side by side with him on a new media campaign, their feelings for each other come alive. But when his actions start to speak louder than words, she wonders if she’s missing something.

Meanwhile, Caroline is fighting against her feelings for a recent acquaintance, and she decides to keep her new love interest a secret from June. Overwhelmed by these new emotions, her moods change swiftly, swinging up and down like a yo-yo.

While June and Caroline try to maneuver their way through new relationships, Caroline starts lying to June to protect her from a truth that threatens to break her heart and tear them apart. 

In the end, Caroline’s deceit will test their friendship, and June will have to decide if her chance at love is worth putting her heart on the line.


Crossing Paths is a book that touches on love and loss. The friendship of June and Caroline is the center of what the whole book revolves around.

June and Caroline have just graduated from college and moved in together. They are both looking forward to starting a new life and having a good career. Caroline has always been the one to never have a relationship where June has always been more grounded.

Not long after starting her new job, June has to go away on business. While gone, she runs into a handsome stranger. And let me tell you, she makes a complete fool of herself and I was dying laughing!! Little does she know that ‘he’ turns out to be a co-worker and one she won’t soon forget. After returning home, they find time to see each other but when his secret is revealed, she does the only thing she thinks she can do and that is RUN!!

Meanwhile, Caroline has a few secrets of her own that she is keeping from June. Caroline starts to find herself attracted to someone that she knows she shouldn’t have feelings for and knows June wouldn’t approve of.

When June finds out who her own ‘mystery man’ really is and how Caroline is involved, it will make you wonder if their friendship can be mended. I love how close their friendship is even though they are complete opposites. June has no idea that Caroline is not only keeping not one but two things from her. I really felt bad for June and hoped her heart could be saved. She is so destroyed and doesn’t feel she can trust him or Caroline anymore.

Throughout the whole book, I kept pulling for each of them to find their happiness and also be able to save their friendship. I was really shocked as I got deeper into the book and to find out some of the reasons that Caroline did keep one of her secrets. The secret was something I certainly was not expecting. I know she was only trying to protect June but I just wanted to say ‘spit it out’ and let her tell June. The humor and lightness in this book is something I really fell in love with. I think Melanie did a great job in executing this story and give it 5 stars!!


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