Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wishing For Wednesday: Map of the Heart & You Say It First



Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. (Based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.)


With everything going on in the world right now, reading something light sure sounds good. That's probably why the books that caught my eye this week both fall into that category.

Books set in and around--or about--World War II are likely to catch my attention and Susan Wiggs' latest is no different. Add in a little romance, family drama and the mention of secrets, and I know I have to read it.


Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs (368 pgs)
Release Date: August 22, 2017 by William Morrow
Susan Wiggs—an author “who paints the details of human relationships with the finesse of a master” (Jodi Picoult)—returns with a deeply emotional and atmospheric story of love and family, war and secrets that moves back and forth across time, from the present day to World War II France.  
An accomplished photographer, widow, and mother, Camille Palmer is content with the blessings she’s enjoyed. When her ageing father asks her to go with him to his native France, she has no idea that shes embarking on an adventure that will shake her complacency and utterly transform her. 
Returning to the place of his youth sparks unexpected memories—recollections that will lead Camille, her father, and her daughter, Julie, who has accompanied them, back to the dark, terrifying days of the Second World War, where they will uncover their family’s surprising history. 
While Provence offers answers about her family’s past, it also holds the key to Camille’s future. Along the way, Camille meets a handsome American historian who stirs a passion deep within her she thought she’d never experience again. [Goodreads Summary]
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I've seen author Susan Mallery's name around the blog universe quite often and when I saw she has a new series out, I couldn't help adding it to my wish list. I do love weddings! 

You Say It First by Susan Mallery (384 pgs)
Release Date: August 22, 2017 by Harlequin
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fool's Gold romances invites you to visit Happily Inc., a wedding destination founded on a fairy tale. 
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks—mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won't let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he's all in.

Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right—where she really belongs is in his arms.  [Goodreads Summary]

Do either of these sound like something you would like to read too?


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42 comments:

  1. I love the cover of Map of the Heart, and the summary definitely sounds interesting to me. Although different from what I usually read, I would love to give it a go!
    Thanks for this! :)

    - El @ El's Book Reviews

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    1. El - I really like the cover of Map of the Heart too. I enjoy historical fiction quite a bit, and am looking forward to that one. If you do decide to give it a try, I hope you like it!

      Thank you for visiting, El!

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  2. Oh, Wendy, how very nice that you've joined this meme!! WELCOME!! And you've started off with two GREAT choices!! I haven't heard of them before (although I HAVE heard of these two authors), so I'm adding them to my Goodreads shelves right now!!

    I like the first one because it's got something to do with WW II and France. These are both subjects I'm interested in. And the second book features an artist, so I love it, too!!

    Thanks for sharing!! HUGS TO YOU & MOUSE!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    1. Maria - Thank you for the welcome! I thought I would give it a try. :-) I am looking forward to reading both of these books. Anything having to do with our about WWII interests me. Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Map of the Heart does have a gorgeous cover, though I didn't expect the focus on the 2nd World War

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    1. Verushka - Yeah, the cover doesn't give much away, does it? I like it too though. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  4. Map of the heart sounds really good! Family history-type of stuff always interests me.

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    1. Eustacia - Same here! I'm really looking forward to reading it. Thank you for visiting, Eustacia!

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  5. I've never read Mallery but do enjoy Wiggs' books from time to time.

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    1. Kathy - I haven't read either author before, but I am looking forward to it. I keep hearing good things about their books.

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  6. Falling in line here--Map of the Heart looks and sounds interesting!

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    1. Jenclair - I think so too! I hope to dive into it soon.

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  7. Not my usual type of reads but I sure hope you love them!

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    1. Barb - I hope I do too! Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Both books are right up my alley. I can't wait to read them both. Love the cover of Map of the Heart. Hope you enjoy both books!

    Renee ~ My Wow

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    1. Renee - I hope you get a chance to read them as well! Hopefully we will both enjoy them. :-) Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Stacy Renee - I think so too! Thanks for visiting!

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    1. Jenea - Thank you! I look forward to reading them. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I love WWII books and books about weddings - these both sound so good! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Angela - Me too! I can't wait to read these. Thank you for visiting!

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  12. I don't read much fiction, but I do like that time period so I may read it.

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    1. Ellen - I really enjoy reading historical fiction, and seem to gravitate a lot towards WWII.

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  13. These are two authors that I have had on my tbr list forever but haven't actually picked up any of their books. I do need to try them soon. I hope you love both of these!

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    1. Carole - I haven't read anything by them either yet. These will be my first. :-) Thanks for visiting, Carole!

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  14. Map of the Heart intrigues me the most of the two. I hope you enjoy them both when you get to read them.

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    1. Laura - Thank you. I am looking forward to reading both of them. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  15. Map of the Heart has a nice cover, can't go wrong with a France setting right? :)

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  16. They both look amazing and sound very interesting. Hope you´ll enjoy your picks.

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    1. Inkvotary - I hope I will too. Thank you for stopping by!

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  17. I haven't read a Susan Wiggs book in a while, but I remember I really enjoyed the one I did read. Hope you get the chance to read these soon!

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    1. Tammy - This will be my first time reading one of her books. I am glad you enjoyed another of hers. Thanks for visiting, Tammy!

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  18. I haven't heard of either of these authors. Then again, I don't read too much adult romances! I hope you love them! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    1. Gennifer - I don't read a lot of romance, but I do like it on occasion. I'm definitely in the mood for it right now. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  19. Map of the Heart sounds good to me; plus it has a gorgeous cover. :)

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    1. Melody - Hopefully it will be as good as it looks and sounds. :-)

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  20. I adore Susan Wiggs! I'm looking forward to that one too and am hoping to dig into her back list soon. Mallery is an author I'm wanting to read more from. I've liked her Fool's Gold books but I got kind of burnt out on them.

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    1. Katherine - I think my interest in both authors is in part thanks to you. :-)

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