Violet North is wonderfully inconvenient. Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of moors and adventure, her life changes in the space of just 37 words exchanged with a stranger at her front door.
Decades later, Daniel Bearing has inherited his father’s multi-million-pound business and is utterly lost. He has no idea who he is or where his life is headed.
When Violet’s granddaughter’s marriage falls apart, Tilly, always adept with numbers, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why. But the Compatibility Index Tilly creates has unforeseen consequences for everyone in her world.
Tilly and Daniel share a secret too. 10.37am, April 22nd. Soon, a complex web of secrets and lies is exposed, and an adventure begins with a blue typewriter…
‘The Map of Us’ took a little while to get into, it’s written in a deliberately haphazard way, more thoughts than prose, but once you accept the style, the content is original and full of emotional depth.
Violet (Grandmother) and Tilly (Grandaughter) are the story’s main protagonists, but there are also numerous minor characters who are intrinsic to the map of Tilly’s family and add depth to this quirky tale.
It’s surprisingly addictive reading and well thought out. If the need for the map is Tilly’s family’s future happiness, what follows is the journey she and other family members take to reach their destinations. Humour, romance, cruelty and poignancy create an ever-changing map that enthrals and entertains until it reaches its conclusion.
A lovely, timeless read that is full of heart and humour.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Following heartbreak, Zoe Russell found a haven in Conwenna Cove. As the owner of the village diner and a volunteer for the local greyhound sanctuary, she’s happy with her peaceful life.
Local surfer Nate Bryson plans to leave Conwenna and see the world. He wants to shake off his reputation as a ladies man and start again somewhere new. Before departing, Nate decides to raise funds for the dog rescue home as a way of giving back to the community.
When Nate approaches Zoe to help with the charity event she sees there’s more to him than meets the eye. Nate can’t believe he’s failed to notice the kind and beautiful woman right before him. But can two such different people ever be together, especially if one of them is determined to leave?
This book reads well as a standalone, even though there are previous books in the series, which I haven’t read. It’s a gentle-paced, romantic read, full of friendly characters and the setting’s beautiful imagery.
Zoe runs the local dinner at Conwenna Cove; she’s dedicated her life to it, since settling in the cove after a disastrous marriage. Unwilling to face any more rejection and low in self-esteem she is slow in making friends but does befriend a rescue greyhound who she gives all her love, only to lose her. Nate escaped to the cove when his father died suddenly, working at his paternal uncle’s cafe he comes to terms with his grief and feels able to restart his life. Despite their, emotional baggage Nate and Zoe connect, but with one leaving and other scared to have her heartbroken is their love only a beautiful dream?
The plot is predictable, but the characters are authentic and make it worthwhile reading, with a beautifully written conclusion.
I received a copy of this book from Canelo via NetGalley in return for an honest review.