“The Map That Leads to You”–Review

517U90EoYSL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Good evening, bloggers! Here’s my review of The Map That Leads to You.

The main character, Heather, has just finished college. Now she and her best friends are about to travel throughout Europe, to enjoy life before beginning their new lives. When it comes to everyday life, Heather has always been organized. Everything will work out, she tells herself. During their train ride to Amsterdam, however, Heather meets Jack. Unlike Heather, Jack lives by his own rules, while following his grandfather’s journals throughout Europe.

It isn’t long before Heather and Jack are drawn to each other. During their travels, it is Jack who shows Heather how to truly live, to not live life based on daily itineraries. Although they have their many disagreements when it comes to living life and the corporate world, their feelings for each other become stronger, leading Heather to make new choices about her life. But, then, she learns of a secret Jack has kept for quite some time. Will it change everything, though?

I loved reading about all the many cities in Europe and I’m sure I’m not the only one to say this, but I really hope to, one day, visit these places, to fall in love with my surroundings.  I’ve stumbled upon dozens of beautiful travel journals and told myself that I’ll have the opportunity to use one, someday. It all sounds as wonderful and romantic as this book is. For all of the wanderlusts, I recommend this book. Feel free to post your comments. Happy reading!

The Map That Leads to You will be available on June 13, 2017.

*I received this copy from St. Martin’s Press, in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: J.P. Monninger is an award-winning writer in New England and professor of English at Plymouth State University.


“The Little Paris Bookshop”–A Review

51Vu-F8bxOL._SX320_BO1,204,203,200_A warm and charming tale of love, loss, and the power of reading.

Book lovers from near and far know that the best medicine is great literature.  Having a “literary pharmacist” to turn to is a plus.  That’s where Monsieur Perdu comes in.  Perdu considers himself the literary apothecary.  From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, Perdu prescribes particular books for times of hardships.  He knows how to mend broken hearts and souls with the right books for his customers.  Although he knows how to heal others, Perdu can’t seem to heal himself through literature.

After 20 years since his true love vanished from his life, Perdu is left with his grief, regrets, and the unopened letter his love left him.  When he’s finally ready to read the letter, he drops everything and heads out on a mission south of France, in hopes he’ll finally be able to make peace with his loss and to be happy again.  Accompanying him on his journey is Max Jordan, a bestselling author who also is battling his personal demons, and Salvo Cuneo, a lovelorn Italian chef who also is searching for his happiness.

This book is definitely worth the read.  The writing, itself, was excellent.  What I liked was that, after 20 years of grief, Perdu realizes he’s had enough of staying within his comfort zone and just takes off.  He was tired of feeling sorry for himself, blaming himself, and letting life pass him by.  He was finally able to see parts of the world of which he never dreamed.  He realized, while he could still show the literary world the power of books, it wasn’t too late to help himself.

As always, feel free to post your comments.

Happy reading!

About the author: Nina George is a journalist, writer, and storytelling teacher.  She also writes science thrillers, novels, feature articles, short stories, and columns.  The Little Paris Bookshop was on the bestseller lists in Germany for more than a year, and was a bestseller in Italy, Poland, and the Netherlands.  George is married to the writer Jens J. Kramer and lives in Hamburg and in Brittany, France.

FTC Disclosure: I received this copy from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.