When the main character Holly Wright finds out her estranged aunt has left her a house on the gorgeous Island of Zakynthos, Greece, she travels from London to the sunny destination to straighten up the house for sale. But while she’s there she not only begins to fall in love with the beautiful Greek Island but also, with the help her neighbour Aiden she begins to find out the secrets of her past.
A flawed character who suffers from insomnia and puts up a wall to protect herself from her real emotions, Holly is a relatable and interesting character to follow. Her past shrouded in scandal, secrecy, and mystery, creating an intricate and interesting plot. The mysterious details of her past are woven throughout the story, and strung out from beginning to end, keeping the reader captivated from start to finish. Using letters and flashbacks the author gives the reader insight into Holly’s secrets before the character herself knows them, building suspense for when she ultimately learns each new revelation herself.
With beautiful descriptions, using unique and thoughtful metaphors and phrases the reader will really feel like they are joining Holly in the warm sun and gazing out over the stunning beach views of the greek Island. Alongside the vivid imagery is the juxtaposition between the dullness of London and bright and lovely Zakynthos.
My Map of You is the début novel of author and heat magazine’s book editor; Isabelle Broom. The author herself fell in love with the Greek Island of Zakynthos (Zante) and this is clear in the local knowledge and language used throughout the novel.
A brilliant mixture of mystery, heart-warming humour and holiday writing this is more than your typical holiday romance novel. The only downside to this novel is that is may well give you serious wanderlust!
For more from Isabelle Broom, why not see which 5 books she chose in Post-apocalyptic Reads.