It seems like it’s been a hundred years since I’ve read a romance novel, and I am so so so glad that this was the one that I picked up. Actually, this one was sent to me by the publisher, but either way, it was a gem, and I am so happy that I got to experience it, and that I get to share it with you guys. The Map that Leads to You by JP Monninger is so real, raw, and emotionally charged. I felt all the things that the main characters were feeling, and the love they had for each other was something that we all strive for.
Heather is on a trip with her two best friends, after their college graduation. The girls have plans to travel all around Europe as the three musketeers that they are so used to being. Then, on a train to one of their destinations, Heather stumbles upon a Hugh Jackman/Wolverine looking guy named Jack. Jack and Heather talk into the long hours of the night, picking on each other, and ultimately finding feelings for the other that they had never felt before for anyone else.
Jack is on a mission to explore all of the places that his late grandfather wrote about in his journal, meeting Heather was just a plus. Now the two are inseparable and each of them is falling in love deeper than ever before. They are kindred spirits, and they have such intimate and passionate times together, whether they are just strolling in a park, or in their hotel room. There is something about Jack that is mysterious and romantic, like all the best book characters are.
Then, when it’s time to fly back home, Heather assumes Jack is going to go with her, he’s bought the plane ticket after all. When the plane is boarding, Heather searches for Jack everywhere in the airport, almost missing her flight, but he’s gone, and she has to fly home alone. Eventually, Heather gets back into her normal life with her new job, and even goes out on some dates with other guys, but Jack is always on her mind. What happened to him? Why did he bail? Is he hiding something? Even his best friend doesn’t know what came of him.
I hope this book becomes a movie because it was so powerful to read. I love a good romance, something that you can really zone out and live for yourself. I especially loved the trip around Europe, the sites were coming alive before my eyes, and the different foods and drink sounded incredible. This book was so enriching, all encompassing, and a really really good story. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good romance, even if it may be a little bit predictable. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, utterly irresistable.