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Friday, 31 August 2018

#BookReview The Map of Us by Jules Preston


About the book

One of the most original and charming books you will ever read, this is perfect for all those who love Eleanor Oliphant and The Keeper of Lost Things
Readers love The Map of Us:
A story that will melt even the most hardened soul … utterly charming’ Irish Times bestseller Carmel Harrington
‘Quirky, original and humorous’ USA Today bestselling author Sue Fortin
Totally addictive’ Joe Heap
‘Beautiful, funny, warm and clever’ Darcie Boleyn
‘An unexpected gem of a book’ Rachel Oakes, Litsy
‘A very fresh, imaginative approach to a love story’ Kraftireader
One to keep forever’ Celia J Anderson
‘The best book I have read in many years’ Martin 6654, Amazon reviewer
‘Without doubt one of the very best books I have ever read’ TAW, Amazon reviewer
‘Buy it because every page is a treasure. Buy it because you'll love it … over and over again!’ Mart, Amazon reviewer
So very worthy of five stars. Full of humour with touches of sadness. A true wordsmith’ Phil M, Amazon reviewer
‘I don't usually write book reviews at 2.30 in the morning but I loved this book so much that I HAD to write my review as soon as I finished it…The characters in this book will stay with me for a long time’ Annalisa999, Amazon reviewer
‘A beautiful sigh of a book’ Mees, Amazon reviewer
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A story of love and lost directions

Violet North is wonderfully inconvenient. Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of moors and adventure, her life changes in the space of just 37 words exchanged with a stranger at her front door.
Decades later, Daniel Bearing has inherited his father's multi-million pound business, and is utterly lost. He has no idea who he is or where his life is headed.
When Violet’s granddaughter’s marriage falls apart, Tilly, always adept with numbers, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why. But the Compatibility Index Tilly creates has unforeseen consequences for everyone in her world.
Tilly and Daniel share a secret too. 10.37am, April 22nd.
Soon, a complex web of secrets and lies is exposed and an adventure begins with a blue typewriter…

Published by Harper Impulse
Publication Date - 6th September 2018

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MY REVIEW

Charming, Quirky, Perceptive - loved it! 

I found this to be such a fun, emotional and original story , and the short, snappy chapters really gave this such a fresh feel compared to some other books! It does take a short while before you become used to the flitting between characters and timelines, but once you are in that zone the story just flows really nicely and you find yourself eagerly anticipating each new chapter to see whose story you'll be plunged back into next and where their journey will lead to!

It's the story of families, the journeys we all take through life, finding the meaning of happiness and all that entails! From Tilly who works in market research and analyzes every aspect of her life into charts and facts, to Violet who is housebound and extremely creative, to Jack who is a world expert on the colour blue, to Daniel the workaholic who is never out of a suit, and to Katherine who is slightly obsessed with buying handbags! All the characters share a link and it is fascinating to see how it all links together and how those personalities all affect one another.

There are so many things you'll find yourself thinking about when you read this book! There are many random observations that you often wonder why they're being mentioned, but it all begins to make sense by the end!

Each character has such a different way of having their story told and this was another clever aspect of the book. It helped sum up their personalities and their stories in different ways. If you loved the quirkiness of Eleanor Oliphant or The Keeper of Lost Things, then you'll love this too!!

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for my advance reading e-copy.

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