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.
Author: J.P. Monninger
Published By: St Martin's Press
Publication Date: 13th June 2017
Links: UK: Amazon US: Amazon
A beautiful heartbreaking love story about a young couple who meet on a train whilst travelling round Europe.
Heather is travelling with her two best friends, Amy and Constance and I really loved their friendship as they had such a strong bond.
Amy is more flighty than the other two and enjoys a flirt but when Heather meets the gorgeous Jack on the train they strike up a relationship straight away and Constance falls for his Australian friend Raef.
Jack was very handsome and playful but with a great depth to him. I have to admit I fell in love with him myself and really felt part of the journey.
He was a little hard on Heather because she had a job in a bank all lined up for when she returned to New York and he tried to open her eyes to the fact that life had more to offer than a boring office job.
The reason he was travelling was because he was following a journey his grandad took just after the war. He had written about his travels in a journal which Jack was fascinated with.
Jack injected lots of excitement and adventure in Heather's life as he encouraged her to go off the beaten track with him and find out more about the countries they visited rather than doing what every tourist does.
I really enjoyed the glimpses of the different countries they visited and also how strongly their feelings developed for each other. Neither of them had expected to meet someone that they would fall in love with.
I think the message I got from this book was that you should live for the moment.
I especially loved the planting of the tree moment. I don't want to give anything away but when something unexpected happened I literally couldn't put the book down until I finished and then it broke my heart. I think this book will stay with me for a long time.
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