Thursday, February 21, 2019

Blog Tour: Review of Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

Author: Susan Wiggs
Publisher: William Morrow Paperback
Date of publication: February 2019 (reprint edition)

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 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 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.

I always know reading a book by Susan Wiggs that I will run the gamut of emotions and will be left smiling in the end.  Map of the Heart was no exception.  Told in duel time lines, it is a beautifully written story about love, sacrifice and family. 

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 absolute favorite.  He was funny and a breath of fresh air.  My favorite part of the book was Lisette's storyline. It was bittersweet and gut wrenching at the same time. I don't want to give anything away.  It's best to let the secrets within the book be discovered along with Camille and Finn.  I highly recommend picking this book up.

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About Susan Wiggs

Susan Wiggs’s life is all about family, friends…and fiction. She lives at the water’s edge on an island in Puget Sound, and in good weather, she commutes to her writers’ group in a 21-foot motorboat. She’s been featured in the national media, including NPR, PRI, and USA Today, has given programs for the US Embassies in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, and is a popular speaker locally, nationally, internationally, and on the high seas.

From the very start, her writings have illuminated the everyday dramas of ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. Her books celebrate the power of love, the timeless bonds of family and the fascinating nuances of human nature. Today, she is an international best-selling, award-winning author, with millions of copies of her books in print in numerous countries and languages. According to Publishers Weekly, Wiggs writes with “refreshingly honest emotion,” and the Salem Statesman Journal adds that she is “one of our best observers of stories of the heart [who] knows how to capture emotion on virtually every page of every book.” Booklist characterizes her books as “real and true and unforgettable.”

Her novels have appeared in the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List, and have captured readers’ hearts around the globe with translations into more than 20 languages and 30 countries. She is a three-time winner of the RITA Award,. Her recent novel, The Apple Orchard, is currently being made into a film, and The Lakeshore Chronicles has been optioned for adaptation into a series.
The author is a former teacher, a Harvard graduate, an avid hiker, an amateur photographer, a good skier and terrible golfer, yet her favorite form of exercise is curling up with a good book. She lives on an island in Puget Sound, where she divides her time between sleeping and waking.

Visit her website at, and connect with Susan on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Instagram Features

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TBD: Thursday, February 14th: Instagram: @writersdream

Review Stops

Tuesday, February 12th: As I turn the pages
Wednesday, February 13th: Ms. Nose in a Book
Thursday, February 14th: Comfy Reading
Friday, February 15th: Kritters Ramblings
Tuesday, February 19th: Literary Quicksand
Wednesday, February 20th: A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, February 21st: From the TBR Pile
Monday, February 25th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, February 26th: What Is That Book About
Wednesday, February 27th: Instagram: @jennsbookvibes
Monday, March 4th: Laura’s Reviews

1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

Yes! Susan Wiggs always gives us books that give you the feels and I always look forward to them! Thanks for being on the tour!

Sara @ TLC Book Tours