The Map That Leads to You

400p. St. Martin's. Jun. 2017. Tr $25.99. ISBN 9781250060761.
Heather realizes it's a cliché: graduate from college, head to Europe with friends, and meet a cute guy. But when she gazes into Jack's eyes, she just can't look away. Dubious about the idea of love at first sight, Heather tries fending him off with barbed insults and flat-out rudeness. But she likes him too much. Heather and Jack have their first kiss on the train platform in Amsterdam. In Berlin they make love. In Switzerland they find the exact spot where Jack's grandfather stood in 1946. After Paris, the plan was to fly back to the States together. But things go wrong. Romance fans could hardly hope for a more luxurious love story. Heather and Jack share plenty of sensuous moments, and their banter is smart and funny. Even skeptical Heather has to admit that the universe seems to be bending around them, creating a romance that seems too wonderful to be true. Readers will be as stunned as Heather when Jack doesn't show up for the flight home. On the plane ride back, Heather finds Jack's grandfather's journal in her bag. Is the relationship between her and Jack really over? Debut author Monninger expertly captures Heather's emotional devastation; readers who love romance novels with a bittersweet twist will cling to every word.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of Kristin Hannah and Nicholas Sparks.

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