Map of the Heart

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

  • Title: Map of the Heart
  • Author: Susan Wiggs
  • ISBN: 9780062425485
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 blessSusan 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 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 Returning to the place of his youth sparks unexpected memories recollections that will lead Camille, her father, and her daughter, Julie, who has accompanied them, back to the dark, terrifying days of the Second World War, where they will uncover their family s surprising history.While Provence offers answers about her family s past, it also holds the key to Camille s future Along the way, Camille meets a handsome American historian who stirs a passion deep within her she thought she d never experience again.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. WritingBeautiful, descriptive, and poetic. I could easily visualize the beautiful, soothing landscape of Southern France under the bright sunshine, and the beach.The pacing is on-point. I didn’t find anything to fault in her writing.CharactersI didn’t get to invest in any of the characters as a matter of fact. The cast of characters is diverse and intriguing, yet I felt nothing but irritation toward the main character, Camille. She lost her beloved husband in a climbing accident 5 years ago [...]

    4. Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars - Top Pick!See the full review at HarlequinJunkieHeartbreakingly beautiful, Map of the Heart was another captivating piece of fiction from Susan Wiggs. A dual storyline set in WWII-era France and then in Bethany Bay, Delaware in the present time, we followed two couples who each faced serious challenges and seemingly insurmountable odds.Susan Wiggs is one of my go-to authors for women’s fiction/chick lit. She always writes a heartfelt story and also frequently incorpor [...]

    5. I received this ARC from netgalley 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 oka [...]

    6. My favorite genre—dual time line/WW II & contemporary—from a talented story teller and narrator combo. Once I started listening, I could not stop! Great listening experience. Really enjoyed it.

    7. Camille Adams has not fully recovered from the tragic accident that killed her husband. She projects her fear of risk onto her daughter Julie, keeping her close to home. Julie is struggling at school, but doesn't want to upset her mother in her grief. When a trunk is sent to Camille's father from his childhood home in France, the mysteries of their family's past are brought to light. It also opens up a chance to find new beginnings for Camille, her father and Julie.The story is told alternating [...]

    8. BEST BOOK OF 2017! Camille annoyed me a little bit but she was understandable and sympathetic. Besides that small quibble, I loved everything about this book. The characters were so well done. From the teenager and her story to the grandfather. I was so enthralled in the dual timeline . I really don't know which I loved more! The ending was SO PERFECT! The romance wasn't overstated. In the beginning I worried it would be "too much" but the distance was a nice way of them to get to know each othe [...]

    9. What an enjoyable read! So glad I decided to download this audio version. It's been years since I've read a book by Susan Wiggs; now I remember why I always loved her books. Great story, great charaters, lots of emotionally writing. Happy reading!

    10. Two storylines run parallel here (present day & WW2 eras), and eventually intertwine. So what happens when you adore one plot (or more accurately, one set of characters) and the other is simply, "meh"? A 3 star rating, I suppose.

    11. greatreadsandtealeavesspo‘The moments of life are ephemeral and unpredictable. We must capture the best ones and keep them safe in our hearts.’I was eager to read a Susan Wiggs book and was pleasantly surprised by this dual time narrative with characters that a range of readers should identify with. With idyllic French Provencal settings and a plot to keep the reader engaged to the end, it proved a wonderful read. The insight into photography is a real bonus and I appreciated the section ope [...]

    12. Originally published at Reading RealityI picked up Map of the Heart because I absolutely adored last year’s Family Tree. And while I did like Map of the Heart, it just didn’t suck me into reading it in a single non-stop day the way that Family Tree did.I want to say that Map of the Heart is two stories blended into one. But that happens on more than one axis, making me wonder if I should describe it as two stories, or perhaps four.First, it’s a time-slip story. While most of the action tak [...]

    13. Map of the Heart is an emotional family saga of secrets, betrayals, heartbreak , understanding and most of all a love that spans through time and finds it's way back in an extraordinary way. The journey that takes the reader across oceans to France and back to the lovely waterfront village in Bethany Bay in Delaware. Camille and her father, along with her daughter Julie will take a summer in France to find the secrets about who her father really is. Helping her with this search is a Finn, who is [...]

    14. Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs is well written with believable characters and a great plot. I love this author's books and this one was no exception.I received an ARC via Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.

    15. While I gave this 4 stars, I rounded up because I wanted to keep reading, but felt that it tried to cover too much (bullying, nazis, underground allied supporter, homosexuality).

    16. This would have been a solid 3 stars; I just don’t feel it was one of her better books. But thene had to go and make grandpa gay. Why? It served zero purpose nor added anything of value to the story. Like it was shoved in as an afterthought just to keep up with what the hot topic is right now.

    17. As can be expected from this author, all of whose books I have read and thoroughly enjoyed, this is another fantastic heartwarming read about two women who struggle to overcome the vestiges of their past memories as they move on in the world. Little does Camille Palmer, an accomplished photographer, widow, and mother of Julie, know how a trip her elderly father takes her and Julie on to his native France will transform both of their lives. Camille still mourns her dead husband, Jace, and has not [...]

    18. First off, I believe that Susan Wings is a wonderful writer and I pre-order any book that she creates so possibly I am bit biased. This is a well- crafted blending of a contemporary and historical tale. I would have rated it higher if Camille had not annoyed me as much as she did at times. She survived a tragedy and at times I was empathetic ;however, more often , I was merely annoyed with her. I do not wish to give any spoilers. But the familial relationships, the historical family stories were [...]

    19. I have ignited my love for the audio book! This was my second audio book in a row and I am kind of hooked. I really liked this story. The idea was crazily far fetched but I suppose that is the reason romance sucks us in. Fantasy always seems better than real life. I will definitely reador maybe listen another by her.

    20. Every once in a while a story comes along that you know will stay with you long after you have put the book down. Map of the Heart is such a story. If asked to describe it in one word that word would be - beautiful. Simply beautiful.

    21. Map of the Heart is a stand-alone novel by Susan Wiggs. It's the first book I have read by this author and it definitely won't be the last.Camille Palmer is a widow of 5 years, bringing up a teenage daughter Julie. She's gone from being an adventure lover to a woman terrified to do anything dangerous. Her fears also see her suffocating Julie who is slowly but surely withdrawing from society. She doesn't go out, she doesn't enjoy school, she has no friends and she is a very unhappy young girl. Ca [...]

    22. I absolutely love the beauty found in this book. The locations are described in vivid detail. The people are full of love. Pictures are worth a thousand words. Nothing truer could be said of families wanting to discover their own truth. Long-lost photos may hold the key to decades-old questions. Photos may also cause new questions to arise. Truth and honesty can be difficult to express with those we love because we love them. We don’t want them to feel the hurt caused by certain truths so they [...]

    23. Map of the Heart By Susan Wiggs is another romantic and bittersweet story that reaches across time and countries. Camille is a young widow with a teenage daughter, who has not given herself permission to move forward in her life. Her last memories of her husband Jace and his accident haunts her. Camille worries about her daughter, Julie, but has failed to realize how serious the problems have become. As this story progresses, we will follow Camille, and her father as they travel to France lookin [...]

    24. I absolutely adore this novel! I love the cover, I love the characters and I love their story! This is a story of grief, history, family, and love. It's centered around a two characters, Camille and Finn who are both experts in the photography field, dealing with old photographs. This is what brings them together and takes them across the world to southern France. The timeline is split between present day (US Atlantic coast and Southern France) and WWII (Southern France.) It delves into the hist [...]

    25. WOW!!! This is my first read by Ms. Wiggs and I am beyond blown away. I am not a fan of Romance novels or Historical Fiction, so I am amazed at how much I loved this book. There is just something about digging up someone's past, both good and bad, that is so emotional.First of all, I love novels made up of different stories or timelines that end up intertwining at the end.Second, the attention to detail was impeccable. I truly felt like I was swept away to Bethany Bay and to France. I do not kno [...]

    26. I absolutely loved the book. The characters in the book were very interesting. I love old pictures and the stories behind them. I remember once at a family picnic their was a picture of four brothers of one my grandfathers. Pictures are exciting things can be revealed to make you very happy and very sad at the same time. This book definitely has some revealing secrets that the family deals nicely with.

    27. What a wonderful book. I enjoyed the present day stories and how they intertwined with the story from the past. Realistic characters, romance, beautiful scenery, and learning more about a period in history I was not very familiar with. doesn't have anything higher than five stars, so that will have to do.

    28. Map of the Heart starts off with too much telling instead of showing (okay, we get it - our beautiful heroine Camille lost her husband and will never fully live or love again; our handsome, rakish hero Finn went through a nasty divorce and is through with love forever. Repeating this to the reader every ten pages is not necessary.) but once it settles into the main plot the book becomes much stronger. The chapters dedicated to Camille's father Henry and her daughter Julie are in some ways more e [...]

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