About the author (as seen in the book)
Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980’s began and studied Media Arts at University of West London before starting a career first in local newspapers and then as a junior sub-editor at Heat Magazine. She travelled though Europe during her gap year and went to live on the Greek island of Zakynthos for an unforgettable and life-shaping six months after completing her degree. Since then, she has travelled to Canada, Sri Lanka, Sicily, New York, LA, the Canary Islands, Spain and lots more of Greece, but her wanderlust was reined in when she met Max, a fluffy little Bolognese puppy desperate for a home. When she’s not writing novels set in far-flung locations, Isabelle spends her time being the Book Reviews Editor at Heat Magazine and walking her beloved dog round the parks of North London.
Publication date: 21st April 2016
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
ISBN: Paperback 978-1-405-92527-3
Also available in Ebook and Audiobook formats
Pages: 432 pages
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Format reading: Paperback
Copy provided by: My own brought
Blurb (as seen on the back cover)
A holiday on the stunning Greek island of Zakynthos, with it’s perfect blue skies, white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, should be a dream come true.
But for Holly it feels more like a nightmare. Arriving on the island to clear out a house she’s just inherited, Holly has no idea what to expect. And she’s certainly not prepared for the family secrets she uncovers inside.
With the help of Aidan, her handsome neighbour, Holly sets out to explore the island, hoping to piece together her own lost story. Yet all to soon real life, including the boyfriend she left behind, threatens to catch up with her.
Holly thinks she’s following the secrets of the past. But might it turn out to be a map to her future?
WOW what a front cover this is! I would quite happily jump in their it looks stunning! The white border around the scene really makes it stand out. Behind the blue sky you can seen the faint outlines of a map (what a lovely touch), Isabelle’s name is in white and at the top of the cover and just below that the title is coloured in a beautiful shimmery red, under that is a post mark for Zakynthos. Then your eye’s reach the beautiful scene of an enchanting Greek island, with its white sandy beach, blue sea; with a boat bobbing up and down, to the Greek white buildings. This is a cover I could just gaze at all day!
As soon as I came across My Map of You I knew I had to get it, especially after reading Then Now Always
which had me spell-bound by her stories and writing style.
My Map Of You is about family secret and lie’s, moving forward to forgiveness and learning to love the person that you are.
Holly, works for a London online clothing company writing out the descriptions for each item of clothing in their range. She is dating Rupert; who works in a corporate bank their relationship is fine. But Holly has found herself moulding herself into what she thinks will make him happy, suppressing her until she doesn’t know who she is any more. Holly is also guilty of telling Rupert a few fib’s about her family past which deeply affects her inside. She knows very little about her family which she has always felt disjointed by.
The Holly revives a letter from her aunt’s solicitor abroad after her death telling her she has inherited her mothers sisters house in the Greek island of Zakynthos. Shocked at this unexpected gift from a woman she has no memory of, Holly leaves Rupert behind to work and travels over for a few weeks to sort the house out ready to sell. Holly doesn’t know what to expect or if she will even get the answers to the questions she’s been asking her whole life.
Holly soon starts to soak up the island and quickly begins to feel at home. She starts to find clues about her mother and Sandra. Her neighbour Aiden a handsome Irish man, who even though she finds him frustrating at times he helps her explore the beautiful island and she is keen to find out more about the lady who left her this gift. Holly slowly being herself in Aiden’s company and enjoying their time together. She explore the island and the locals that new her aunt and her mother finding out small clue’s in which she has to piece together. Will she get the answer’s she’s looking for? Why did her mother and aunt separate? What did her mother keep secret? Does Aiden know more than he is letting on? Will she be able to piece all the clues together? Will she go through with selling a house on and island that she has become to love?
Aiden has been a great help and they start to get closer. But how close? But then suddenly both her worlds are about to collide as Rupert suddenly turns up. How will she deal with that? How will Aiden react? Will Rupert continue to be the man in her life? Or has someone else brought out the best in her?
I found My Map Of You to be a truly wonderful story. Isabelle wrapped me up in her words like a cosy blanket. I was glued to Holly’s journey as she try’s to find out more about her mother and aunt’s past. There are many twists and turns alone Holly’s journey some of which doesn’t always go smoothly, and this kept me turning the pages as fast as my eye’s could read!!!!!! Isabelle’s description in this book is out of this world, and totally made me feel I was right there in Zakynthos, tickling all my senses as I read. It goes without saying the plot and structure of this story is pretty perfect in my eye’s which makes it a dam good read!!!!!! I highly recommend My Map Of You, it’s defiantly a must read.
Marie’s Book Boutique gives
My Map Of You by Isabelle Broom
A very well deserved 5 Sparkly Stars
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