#Review: My Map of You by Isabelle Broom @Isabelle_Broom @MichaelJBooks
Holly Wright has had a difficult few years. After her mother’s death, she’s become expert at keeping people at a distance – including her boyfriend, Rupert.
But when Holly receives an unexpected letter explaining that an aunt she never met has left her a house on the Greek island of Zakynthos, the walls she has built begin to crumble. Arriving on the island, Holly meets the handsome Aidan and slowly begins to uncover the truth about the secret which tore her family apart.
But is the island where Holly really belongs? Or will her real life catch up with her first?
As somebody who has lived in Greece and has a deep passion for Greece I love to read books based there, especially when they exude a similar passion for the country which I feel.
My Map of You introduces us to Holly Wright, a woman who after the traumatic life and death of her Mother has become emotionally stunted. She has learned to live by protecting herself from life, by playing the part of being the perfect girlfriend, the perfect friend, and the perfect employee. She ensures all those around her are happy and convinces herself that in turn this makes her happy.
We meet her on the day she receives a letter from an Aunt she never knew, the letter tells she she has been left a house on the Greek island of Zakynthos which doesn’t elicit the excited response I would have expected! Begrudgingly she heads to Greece with the intention of selling the house and this is where the mystery of the island and her family unfolds.
My Map of You is a stunning story and utterly grips your heart from beginning to end. It takes you on an emotional roller-coaster throughout as Holly discovers more and more about her Mother, her Aunt, who her Father is and how her life is tied up with this Greek island.
Her Greek neighbour, Aidan, helps her on her journey, helps her to discover not only her family history but who she is underneath the walls she has built up and helps her to confront her personal fears and the trauma she faced with her Mother.
The way Isabelle Broom has described the island was perfection itself, I have not visited Zakynthos but have travelled through many other islands and could perfectly picture streets, houses, trees, plants, the people, tavernas, and the sea-line. Her descriptions made me homesick for this beautiful country.
This novel is a heart-wrenching, sun-drenched read which is perfect to brighten up a rainy day or to take to the beach on your summer holiday.
Thank you very much to Isabelle Broom and Penguin for the ARC of this beautiful book in return for my honest review.
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Title: My Map of You
Author: Isabelle Broom
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Penguin, Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 21 April 2016
Review Format: Paperback
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