"Winner for 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
fleshing out characters with ordinary problems and very
feels achingly authentic. As she's veered away from
(focus on two people exclusively) to more general
(focus on multiple, but connected women throughout the story,
romance present but not central), I've appreciated her even
heroine hit me wrong a few times (her fear-driven life was
her fat shaming of her daughter even more so), but we all
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
If you're looking for an engrossing read, complete with a
mystery, and a trip to France, then THE MAP OF THE HEART is
Love and family. War and secrets. Betrayal and
#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
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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