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The Map of Us by Jules Preston @jules_preston_ @HarperImpulse #TheMapofUs #JulesPreston #BookReview

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Book Description

A Story of Love and Lost Directions

Violet North is wonderfully inconvenient.  Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of 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.

Always adept at numbers, Tilly, Violet’s granddaughter, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why her marriage has now fallen apart.  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.

And an adventure begins with a blue typewriter…

My Thoughts

First, thank you very much to Harper Impulse for sending me a copy of this book, a book that if I’m honest, despite its appealing cover I may not have picked up. Why?  Because the blurb didn’t tell me enough of what this book was about, it sounded a bit confusing, a bit unclear.  But, the good folk at Harper Impulse know my tastes, it made it onto my October TBR pile (to be read) at a time when I am working incredibly hard to manage my TBR pile and hence I committed to reading it.  One other thing, some wise words from a Twitter friend suggested reading it quickly and you know what?  I did and I couldn’t agree more.

Let me say now, after that little ramble that having picked this book up and read it, quickly, I loved it!  A tale of a family really, sprawling over time and in no particular order, this quirky read built up a picture of the Norths’ by providing scatterings of information, we learn about Violet who despite the odds built up a fictional legacy, providing something for her family that equated to so much more than material wealth.  And we learn about Tilly, Violet’s granddaughter, recently separated and applying her data analysis skills to understand her split.

‘One of the most original and charming books of the year.  This is a must-read for all those who love Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and The Keeper of Lost Things.’  From the Cover.

Told in a highly original format, the writing did take a bit of getting used to, almost like stepping into a family and having to catch up and familiarise with their story and their voices.  The chapters are incredibly short, and from various points of view.  Tilly speaks to the reader in the first person, while Matt her ex and Violet her Grandmother are in the third person, her father’s dialogue takes the form of a stream of consciousness while her mother’s is told through letters to Tilly.

The story is one of family life, loves and loses, good times and bad, but the overall feeling is one of warmth and survival.  Like Eleanor Oliphant this book was heartwarming and left me feeling uplifted and happy.

To sum it up I thought this book was lovely, quirky, charming but for me it was also engaging and accessible, I agree that it may be best read quickly and the writing might not be for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience and found myself enthralled by the endearing North family, so much so that I am smiling as I write these words.

Definitely recommended by me, thank you again Harper Impulse and thanks as always for reading.

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