Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

Map of the Heart

Susan Wiggs—an author “who paints the details of human relationships with the finesse of a master” (Jodi Picoult)—returns with a deeply emotional and atmospheric story of love and family, war and secrets that moves back and forth across time, from the present day to World War II FranceAn accomplished photographer, widow, and mother, Camille Palmer is content with the bless...

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ISBN:006242548X
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:368 pages

Map of the Heart Reviews

  • Sue

    I have been a long time reader of Susan Wiggs and this is my favorite book by her. It's a wonderful story told in a dual time line with characters that readers can identify with. The settings in France are beautiful and the plot keeps the reader interested until the last page.

    Camille and her teenage daughter, Julie, live by themselves in a small town and both are still mourning the loss of their husband/father five years after his death. Camille used to be brave and fearless but since her husba

    I have been a long time reader of Susan Wiggs and this is my favorite book by her. It's a wonderful story told in a dual time line with characters that readers can identify with. The settings in France are beautiful and the plot keeps the reader interested until the last page.

    Camille and her teenage daughter, Julie, live by themselves in a small town and both are still mourning the loss of their husband/father five years after his death. Camille used to be brave and fearless but since her husband's death in a climbing accident, she wants to live safely in her own little bubble and (much to her daughter's dismay), she wants to keep Julie in the bubble with her. A mysterious package sent to her father from his family in France, starts the three of them on an adventure to find answers to all of their questions about her father's parents. The second story line is the story of Camille's grandparents in France during WWII. These story lines are told simultaneously and when they meld together at the end, the secrets are revealed.

    This is so much more than a typical love story - it's a perfect blend of a love story and historical fiction and is a fantastic book to read. I highly recommend it.

    Thanks to librarything for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

  • Karen

    I received this ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a review.

    The story is told in dual time lines, current day Massachusetts and France during WW II "An accomplished photographer, widow, and mother, Camille Palmer is content with the blessings she’s enjoyed. When her ageing father asks her to go with him to his native France, she has no idea that shes embarking on an adventure that will shake her complacency and utterly transform her. "

    The ending is all wrapped up in a tidy ball, it was an o

    I received this ARC from netgalley.com in exchange for a review.

    The story is told in dual time lines, current day Massachusetts and France during WW II "An accomplished photographer, widow, and mother, Camille Palmer is content with the blessings she’s enjoyed. When her ageing father asks her to go with him to his native France, she has no idea that shes embarking on an adventure that will shake her complacency and utterly transform her. "

    The ending is all wrapped up in a tidy ball, it was an okay read.

    Not bad not great.

    3☆

  • Carolyn's

    WOW! Just WOW!

    Map of the Heart stole my heart and led me on a romantic journey of healing and love in both present day and war torn France in WWII. Susan Wiggs wrote an amazing story that was intriguing, capturing the beautiful and tragic moments of a family that (rather they realize it or not) is in search of healing.

    While we are introduced to Camille Adams who is a widow raising her teenage daughter alone yet with a strong family presence supporting her, Camille is merely going through the m

    WOW! Just WOW!

    Map of the Heart stole my heart and led me on a romantic journey of healing and love in both present day and war torn France in WWII. Susan Wiggs wrote an amazing story that was intriguing, capturing the beautiful and tragic moments of a family that (rather they realize it or not) is in search of healing.

    While we are introduced to Camille Adams who is a widow raising her teenage daughter alone yet with a strong family presence supporting her, Camille is merely going through the motions and not living. Her daughter Julie is experiencing her own sort of withdraw from society as she finds herself on the outside of friendships and activities in school that she usually excelled in- leading to trouble both at home and school.

    When Camille's father wants to return to his native France Camille doesn't want to leave the safety of Bethany Bay- the place she has been hiding since her husband's tragic death. Her father and her daughter- who needs the time away for her own healing and growth- finally convince Camille to go. Embarking on this journey brings the family to the place where it all began, where it all comes together, and where it reinvents and restores the entire family.

    While Camille's father is on his journey he is reacquainted with someone from his past that heals a whole in his heart years empty. The story of Henry Palmer is unearthed and is one of beauty, love, loss, healing and discovery. The journey is beautiful tale of enduring love with a deserving ending.

    Camille's journey leads her to seek assistance in France from a fellow American who is teaching and researching in France. Finn is taken aback by his attraction to Camille yet knows this attraction is something he can't ignore. His flirtation with Camille is sweet, adorable and romantic. Her heart is closed off after her husband's tragic death, her failed attempts at dating, and her turmoil with raising a teenager. Finn is on his own search for answers concerning his father and as well and their common bond over unearthing their family's path bring these two together in a slow, sweet and sexy romance that brings Camille out of her shell and convinces Finn he can have it all.

    It would be terrible not to recognize the beauty of the story of Julie. As a teenager struggling with changes in your body, mind and spirit, Julie is struggling with handling the death of her father and dealing with other teens that are cruel and nasty. My heart broke for Julie. When her Papi relays his own past too Julie it gives her a strength to overcome as well as move forward- namely by going to France. While in France Julie experiences friendships that nurture her soul as well as changes that enhance the beauty of this strong and intelligent daughter.

    I have read numerous Susan Wiggs books and this is my absolute favorite. Her words capture the beauty of present day as well as war torn France during WWII and made me as if I was there, experiencing all the joys and devastation of Lillie.

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