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Map of the Heart

Map of the Heart, August 2017
by Susan Wiggs

William Morrow
320 pages
ISBN: 006242548X
EAN: 9780062425485
Kindle: B01MDQ6HFA
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Winner for Wiggs"

Fresh Fiction Review

Map of the Heart
Susan Wiggs

Reviewed by Kristen Donnelly
Posted August 22, 2017

Women's Fiction | Women's Fiction Historical

I have been a fan of Susan Wiggs for nigh on a decade. Her way of fleshing out characters with ordinary problems and very normal issues feels achingly authentic. As she's veered away from traditional romance (focus on two people exclusively) to more general women-centric fiction (focus on multiple, but connected women throughout the story, romance present but not central), I've appreciated her even more. This heroine hit me wrong a few times (her fear-driven life was stressful and her fat shaming of her daughter even more so), but we all have our flaws and in the end I was pleased with her growth.

This story took a deft hand to craft. Wiggs juggles mystery and a few time jumps, as well as adolescent angst and mother/daughter relationships. As a frequent reader of this genre, Wiggs is one of the best.

If you're looking for an engrossing read, complete with a historical mystery, and a trip to France, then THE MAP OF THE HEART is your winner.

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SUMMARY

Love and family. War and secrets. Betrayal and redemption.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs returns with a deeply emotional and atmospheric story that spans oceans and decades, from the present-day Delaware shore to the battlefields of WWII France.

Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and settled into the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter Julie in a sleepy coastal town. Then the arrival of a mysterious package breaks open the door to her family’s secret past. In uncovering a hidden history, Camille has no idea that she’s embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her.

Camille, Julie, and Camille’s father return to the French town of his youth, sparking unexpected memories — recollections that will lead them back to the dark days of the Second World War. And it is in the stunning Provençal countryside that they will uncover their family’s surprising history.

While Provence offers answers about the past, it also holds the key to Camille’s future. Along the way, she meets a former naval officer who stirs a passion deep within her — a feeling that she thought she’d never experience again.


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