Map of the Heart: A Novel

Map of the Heart: A Novel

by Susan Wiggs

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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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062425492
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 67,907
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

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.

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Map of the Heart (Signed Book) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. A great read with exceptional story and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read 1,438 books on this nook. This book can't be rated high enough! It is a MUST read. enjoy it as much as I did.
KrittersRamblings 8 months ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings When a traumatic event happens to Camille Palmer it sends her life down a completely different path and affects the way she lives and the way she parents her daughter. She now lives with fear and it has limited what she is willing to do. When some interesting artifacts end up in her father's life it sends them down a road that could possibly change her life forever. This was a women's fiction and a historical fiction all tied up together. It had just a hint of historical fiction, but it was so perfect. If you are hesitant to read historical fiction, don't hesitate on this one, it was just the right dash! For the women's fiction parts, it had great heart and characters with a story that centers around a woman who is stuck and you really watch her grow in this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out slow. I almost didn't finish reading it. The middle of the book became more interesting and moved along from there. I'm not much on overstated or over descriptive writing. That's why I don't read Danielle Steele. Wa, wa, wa gets on my nerves.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written hand very hard to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another star achievement for a skilled author...
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
Fans of Susan Wiggs will love Map of the Heart. If your a lover of historical and contemporary romances you'll enjoy and maybe love this book too. The story line/plot moves back and forth from the present to WW2 keeping the reader engaged to keep up with what is going on. For me Map of the Heart was not a fast simple read. It is one to plan some uninterrupted hours to while away. Sadly I don't have alot of time to just sit and get into a bit of a deep read. And this is what Map of the Heart was for me. It was/is a great and well written and at another time might have captured my interest better. Fans you'll need to check it out. I enjoyed Map of the Heart and look forward to reading more from Susan Wiggs. I received a complimentary copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1st section was slow but after that it took off . I liked that all mysteries were solved and the questions were answered. Good ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so taken up with the story, places and people. A wonderful story. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I loved how the story connected across many years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So much emotion, so many stories of love and the real truth that life continues to bring happiness if we allow it.
1ofjoy More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. I usually love Susan Wiggs and have read all her books, but this book was hard to get into and too full of drama. It seems as though she wanted to address social issues but too many at once and I found it disjointed and not engaging. Another first for me, I did not care for the characters at all - they seemed shallow and not well developed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Susan Wiggs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book