My Map of You - Isabelle Broom

#Review: My Map of You by Isabelle Broom @Isabelle_Broom @MichaelJBooks

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?

As somebody who has lived in Greece and has a deep passion for Greece I love to read books based there, especially when they exude a similar passion for the country which I feel.

My Map of You introduces us to Holly Wright,  a woman who after the traumatic life and death of her Mother has become emotionally stunted. She has learned to live by protecting herself from life, by playing the part of being the perfect girlfriend, the perfect friend, and the perfect employee. She ensures all those around her are happy and convinces herself that in turn this makes her happy.

We meet her on the day she receives a letter from an Aunt she never knew, the letter tells she she has been left a house on the Greek island of Zakynthos which doesn’t elicit the excited response I would have expected! Begrudgingly she heads to Greece with the intention of selling the house and this is where the mystery of the island and her family unfolds.

My Map of You is a stunning story and utterly grips your heart from beginning to end. It takes you on an emotional roller-coaster throughout as Holly discovers more and more about her Mother, her Aunt, who her Father is and how her life is tied up with this Greek island.

Her Greek neighbour, Aidan, helps her on her journey, helps her to discover not only her family history but who she is underneath the walls she has built up and helps her to confront her personal fears and the trauma she faced with her Mother.

The way Isabelle Broom has described the island was perfection itself, I have not visited Zakynthos but have travelled through many other islands and could perfectly picture streets, houses, trees, plants, the people, tavernas, and the sea-line. Her descriptions made me homesick for this beautiful country.

This novel is a heart-wrenching, sun-drenched read which is perfect to brighten up a rainy day or to take to the beach on your summer holiday.

Thank you very much to Isabelle Broom and Penguin for the ARC of this beautiful book in return for my honest review.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

TitleMy Map of You
Series: N/A
Author: Isabelle Broom
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Penguin, Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 21 April 2016
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook | Audio
Pages: 432
Buy: Amazon | Nook | iBook

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I'm BrizzleLass, I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. This is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me. I enjoy walking, PlayStation, reading, heavy metal, and spending time with my Niece.

4 thoughts on “#Review: My Map of You by Isabelle Broom @Isabelle_Broom @MichaelJBooks”

  1. This was also a five stars book for me. It is actually the best book I read this year so far!
    Great review! I find it hard to make myself write one because I am afraid I won’t make it justice, but I guess I should soon while the story is still fresh in my mind.


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