Map of the Heart
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 qu...more
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 ...more
Beautiful, 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.
I 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 and ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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Heartbreakingly 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 incorp ...more
The story is told alternating ...more
I 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 takes pla ...more
Camille lives as a helicopter parent, doing her best to keep her daughter Julie safe, but mostly stifling Julie’s adventurous spirit (and her own). After the tragic death of Camille’s husband about five years ago, Camille is terrified of risk, afraid she ...more
‘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 ...more
This is true chick-lit, not the junk food romance that's like candy. This is richer, more satisfying. Although I wish the main character hadn't been quite so unreasonably stubborn, I didn't dislike her to ...more
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 ...more
Camille Adams is the MC who is an overprotective parent for understandable reasons, but she suffocated her daughter Julie.
Camille experienced a very tragic event in her life, an event that changed her forever. After a very trumatic event people often are afraid to venture out anymore and she loses that ability to ...more
I really loved this story. I'll admit in the beginning that I wasn't too keen on Camille. But as her story unfolded, I could understand her reluctance to let her heart feel again. As well as he over-protectiveness toward her doughier. Finn was my absolu ...more