Map of the Heart

Map of the Heart

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"From World War II to present-day America; from the Nazi resistance to the 21st century; from the deepest corners of the heart to the furthest limits of love -- Map of the Heart is a moving, sophisticated story of fathers and daughters, love and loss, secrets and lies, rebellion and redemption."

-- Jane Green

#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 Proven#65533;al 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.

"Susan Wiggs seamlessly melds historical drama with contemporary romance," raves Mary Kay Andrews. Now, this hugely popular author has created her biggest, most powerful story yet -- a beautiful and heartfelt novel that celebrates the bonds of family and pays homage to the sacrifices of the past.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062425485
Characteristics: 351 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 26, 2019

Loved it!!! This rates as one of Susan Wigg's better stories. It goes quite deep into the characters and the journey back to her father's childhood is very moving.

Jan 09, 2019

What a beautiful story. I have read so many mysteries I was ready for something lighter and this really did it for me. It takes place in the present and the past. The past being when France was occupied by the Germans during WWII. The characters were well developed and very likeable. Loved it. I will be looking for more books written by Susan Wiggs.

Jul 13, 2018

I loved "Map of the Heart? and read the book within 24 hours. Camille lost her husband five years ago in a climbing accident. Every since then, she has sheltered herself and her teenage daughter from anything that could be harmful. When her father receives a package that begins to spark some interest in probably in France, he decides he is going back to see to his property. As the story unfolds between present day and World War II, the stories begin to collide, bringing the book to an awesome ending. Loved the mystery, romance, family story and reunions.

May 23, 2018

Give me grand romance in the style of Wuthering Heights or The English Patient! This book is not it.

EscapesToBooks Jan 22, 2018

One of the best by Susan Wiggs. Though her books qualify as "chick lit" they always go deeper into trauma and healing. Fully developed characters, a great sense of place and a happy ending. What's not to love?

Dec 11, 2017

This is one of the best books I've read in quite awhile! I'm going to check out her other books and make sure I've read them all!

Sep 12, 2017

I have always enjoyed the stories of Susan Wiggs and this has to go down as one of my favorites. This is an interesting tale of love that takes place in the present time and travels back to the end of World War II in France. Love has been lost and fear has taken in its place in Camilles life, but as the story progresses she is forced to move into the world again. But she is not the only person who find love. Through her restoration of photos she pieces together the story of her father and his mother and her love. Delightful story with characters that makes your heart warm as they travel through their journey in life. One of her best books.

debwalker Aug 02, 2017

A Good Reads Pick of the Month for August 2017: "In this heartwarming novel, a woman mourning her husband's death is propelled into an adventure when a mysterious package arrives from her father's family in France."


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