Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ARC Review:The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger

Publisher: St. Martin's Press (June 13, 2017)
Two strangers take the road less traveled...

Heather Mulgrew’s world is already mapped out: she is going to travel abroad with her friends after college, come back to a great career in September, and head into a life where not much is left to chance. But that was before an encounter on an overnight train introduces her to Jack, a passionate adventurer who changes the course of her journey and her life. 

Throwing Heather's careful itinerary to the wind, they follow Jack's grandfather's journal through post-World War II era Europe: Vienna, Budapest, Turkey—exotic places that serve only to heighten their feelings. As September looms, Jack urges Heather to stay with him, to keep traveling, to give in to the romance of their experience; Heather convinces him to return to the United States.

Jack has a secret that could change everything. And Heather’s world is about to be shaken to the core.

J.P. Monniger's The Map That Leads to You is a breathtaking novel about love, loss, and the best-laid plans that are meant to be broken.

What I thought about The Map That Leads to You

I think almost every fresh graduate has had that fantasy of backpacking through Europe with friends, and The Map That Leads to You is a nice travel piece if you don't get to cash in on that fantasy!   

Heather is traveling across Europe with her friends when she meets Jack and her whole world changes. Jack is traveling Europe too, guided by a map given to him by his grandfather.  As  the reader might expect, Jack and Heather fall in love as they're travel paths cross.  There's some insta-love here, but I thought it fit the young adult age group. First loves can make you fall hard and fast, and Heather and Jack are cute together.

There's plenty of drama going on and Heather and Jack's relationship grows.  Unfortunately, their relationship takes a major detour, and it isn't until late in the book that Heather finds out the truth with the help of the map. While I thought most of the story was a bit predictable, I did like Heather's girlfriends. I thought they added something unexpected to the story. 

Overall, this was just an "okay" reading experience for me. There were parts in the dialogue where I had trouble following who was speaking and it took a while to get into the story. The ending was just too abrupt for me and needed something more. 

I do think this story will appeal to the young adult reader. 

An ARC was provided for review.

About the Author

JP MONNINGER, author of The Map that Leads to You, is an award-winning writer in New England and Professor of English at Plymouth State University.

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