FICTION

Map of the Heart

Morrow. Aug. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780062425485. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780062677112. $18.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062425515. F
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Camille Adams has always felt that her hometown of Bethany Bay was a safe haven, but it's recently become stifling. She is still mourning the death of her husband, Jace, five years earlier; her father, Henry, just recently recovered from cancer; and her daughter, Julie, is being bullied in school. Then a man named Finn steps into Camille's life with the hopes that she can recover photos on a 40-year-old roll of film that might explain Finn's father's final mission in Cambodia. Other mysteries are popping up at the same time. Henry receives a trunk of old items from the family home in the South of France. Henry's mother died in labor, and his father was a collaborator with the Germans during World War II, yet there are items in the trunk that draw Camille, Julie, and Henry (and Finn!) back to the ancestral home in France to uncover lost family secrets.
VERDICT Wiggs's books ("The Lakeshore Chronicles") are auto-buys for public libraries, and this title won't be any different. The characters are warm and human, with the mysteries adding just enough spice. [See Prepub Alert, 3/27/17.]

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