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Title:
Map of the heart
Author:
Wiggs, Susan, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]

©2017
Physical Description:
528 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
Summary:
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 Provencal countryside that they will uncover their family's surprising history.
General Note:
"A novel"--Cover.

"Larger print"--Page [4] of cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062670861
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

After graduating from Harvard University, Susan Wiggs became a math teacher. While working, she started writing her first novel which was published in 1987. She has written numerous romance novels since then including Home Before Dark, A Summer Affair, The Charm School and Candlelight Christmas. She has won three RITA awards for Lakeside Cottage, Lord of the Night and The Mistress. She has written a number of notable series, including; Lakeshore Chronicles and Bella Vista Chronicles. Susan's title, Family Tree, is a New York Times, USA Today, Toronto Globe and Mail, and Publisher Weekly bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Photographer Camille Adams used to be something of a daredevil. But after her husband's tragic death, she traded in the luxury of adrenaline thrills for the practicality of a safe and secure life for herself and her teenage daughter, Julie. When her father, Henry Palmer, unexpectedly receives a trunk filled with items from his family's past in France, however, Camille surprises herself by agreeing to accompany him and Julie on a summer trip to the small town in Provence, where her father grew up. Once there, Camille finds herself turning to history professor Malcolm Finn Finnemore for help putting together the pieces of her father's family history during WWII, never expecting that Finn will also turn out to play an important part in her future. With her usual easy sense of grace and down-to-earth literary charm, Wiggs (Family Tree, 2016) handles characters, setting, and plot with perfect aplomb while creating an unforgettable story about love, loss, family, and friendship that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the last page of this exquisitely crafted story.--Charles, John Copyright 2017 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Wiggs (Family Tree) bridges eras of history and the depths of the human heart in this emotional story of a family shaped by tragedies both near and distant. Widow Camille Adams lives quietly and-most importantly to her-safely with her teen daughter, Julia, in their small American coastal hometown of Bethany Bay. But chronic bullying sends the sensitive, intelligent teen spiraling into depression and rebellion. Papi, Camille's father, unexpectedly intervenes and takes them all back to his hometown in France, where they visit long-neglected family and uncover 70-year-old mysteries regarding his parents. Papi's quest for answers about his own childhood, rooted in the French Resistance forces during WWII, proves key to Camille's pursuit of wholeness. And Camille's burgeoning relationship with sexy professor Malcolm "Finn" Finnemore, who has hired her to help with a separate war history project, forces Camille to face her fears and contemplate the idea of truly living again. In this tribute to heroes long gone, Wiggs effectively unveils the humanity hidden within history books, showing that love can span generations and bring hope to those left behind. Agent: Meg Ruley, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Camille Adams has always felt that her hometown of Bethany Bay was a safe haven, but it's recently become stifling. She is still mourning the death of her husband, Jace, five years earlier; her father, Henry, just recently recovered from cancer; and her daughter, Julie, is being bullied in school. Then a man named Finn steps into -Camille's life with the hopes that she can recover photos on a 40-year-old roll of film that might explain Finn's father's final mission in Cambodia. Other mysteries are popping up at the same time. Henry receives a trunk of old items from the family home in the South of France. Henry's mother died in labor, and his father was a collaborator with the Germans during World War II, yet there are items in the trunk that draw -Camille, Julie, and Henry (and Finn!) back to the ancestral home in France to uncover lost family secrets. VERDICT Wiggs's books ("The Lakeshore Chronicles") are auto-buys for public libraries, and this title won't be any different. The characters are warm and human, with the mysteries adding just enough spice. [See Prepub Alert, 3/27/17.]-Jennifer Mills, Shorewood-Troy Lib., IL © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.