Review: My Map of You

Posted 24th June 2017 by Emma in Reviews / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: My Map of YouMy Map Of You by Isabelle Broom
Also by this author: A Year and a Day
Published by Penguin on 21st April 2016
Pages: 400
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Holly Wright has had a difficult few years. After her mother’s death, she’s become expert at keeping people at a distance – including her boyfriend, Rupert.

But when Holly receives an unexpected letter explaining that an aunt she never met has left her a house on the Greek island of Zakynthos, the walls she has built begin to crumble. Arriving on the island, Holly meets the handsome Aidan and slowly begins to uncover the truth about the secret which tore her family apart.

But is the island where Holly really belongs? Or will her real life catch up with her first?

Thank you to Penguin Michael Joseph for accepting my request via Netgalley. This is Isabelle’s debut book. I requested it for two reasons one was the cover and the second is that I am half Greek and love reading any books set in Greece.

Holly didn’t know she had an aunt living on Zakynthos. When  she’s left her aunts house in the will Holly decides to go there for 2 weeks. Her plan is to sort the house out and sell it on. But when she starts to go through her aunts things she’s looking for the secret that tore her mum and her twin sister apart.

This story is quite heartbreaking but I loved every part of it.

I didnt like Rupert to begin with.  I didn’t like that Holly couldn’t be herself around him but in the end I felt a bit sorry for him.

Isabelle does an amazing job of describing the island. If I closed my eyes I felt like I was right there on the island too. I understood how Holly felt arriving on the island. I felt exactly the same way when I went to Sidari in Corfu. I felt like I was coming home.

I felt like this story was about more than just romance. While it was a part I felt like it was more the b story in this book and the book was more about Holly finding herself and believing that she is worth more.

I absolutely loved the epilogue to this story. This is the perfect escapism book for the summer and I can’t wait to read more of Isabelle’s books.

About Isabelle Broom

Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts at the University of West London before starting a career first in local newspapers and then as a sub editor at heat magazine. Nowadays, when she’s not writing novels set in far-flung locations, Isabelle spends her time being the Book Reviews Editor at heat and walking her beloved dog Max round the parks of north London. Her novels My Map Of You, A Year And A Day and Then. Now. Always. (Penguin Michael Joseph) are out now, and her fourth book, The Place We Met, will arrive later this year.

If you like pictures of dogs, chatter about books and very bad jokes, you can follow her on Twitter @Isabelle_Broom or find her on Facebook under Isabelle Broom Author.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Goodreads Challenge (2017)
  • Netgalley Challenge (2017)
  • TBR Pile (2017 )

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