The Map that Leads to You by J.P. Monninger

The Map That Leads to You Book Cover The Map That Leads to You
J.P. Monninger
Fiction
St. Martin's Press
June 13, 2017
Hardcover, paperback, Kindle, Audiobook,
400

A romantic, vivid novel that takes place in the tender time of a young woman’s life: Heather has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends. She’s left school responsibility behind and adult responsibility is looming, but this is her one, ONE last summer to be free. Heather doesn’t expect to even meet Jack, let alone fall in love with him. Jack is an enigmatic Vermonter a few years older than she is, who is following his grandfather’s journal to various cities around Europe. But in the same way that forces are bringing Jack and Heather together, life and duty are pushing them apart. And Jack has a secret that is going to change absolutely everything.

A journey of young lovers to what really matters in life.

J.P. Monninger weaves poignant truths about what really matters in life in the fictional encounter of two young adults, Heather and Jack, in the novel The Map that Leads to You.  Chance brings the two twenty-somethings together while each is on their own journey across Europe.  Heather is traveling as a college graduation present to herself and last hurrah before she enters the hectic and fast paced corporate world.  Jack is on a trip of rediscovery, following the journal his beloved grandfather wrote as he made his way home after WWII.

I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover so this is going to sound really nit picky but, the only reason I gave the story 4.75 starts was because of the title.  Maybe I just wasn’t seeing it, but I felt like the story never fit with title and that bothered me.  In my mind the title is a synopsis of what the book is about and I never got that with The Map that Leads to You. That is really a petty concern considering how much I enjoyed the book.  J.P. does a wonderful job of giving the reader all the aspects of a great story; solid/personable characters, great visual storytelling, and an intriguing plot.  From start to finish the story is engaging because of the great dialogue, budding romance, and its ability to bring out feelings and emotions in the reader. Not only did I feel excited for Heather and Jack but I was reminded of how I felt as I fell in love with my husband 22 years ago. 

 

 

 

If this was all there was to say about the book it would be well worth reading.  But, in addition to being great fiction, J.P. was able to make me think about what is important in my own life and what am I doing to cherish and nurture the things that mean the most.  I appreciate the skill an author must have to make the reader evaluate the condition of their own heart and life just by reading a fictional story.  There is no lecturing or philosophical waxing just a profound story that will touch your heart.  Its a great weekend read and appropriate for older teens.

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