Review The Map of Us by Jules Preston – Violet North is wonderfully inconvenient. Abandoned by her family and lost in an imagined world of moors and 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.
When Violet’s granddaughter’s marriage falls apart, Tilly, always adept with numbers, compiles a detailed statistical report to pinpoint why. 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.
Soon, a complex web of secrets and lies is exposed and an adventure begins with a blue typewriter…
I really appreciate Jules Preston’s debut novel. You can find a very complete story. A poignant story for family, sadness, full of drama, confidence, love and a strong sense of courage.
Since opening the first page I began to fall in love with the Jules Preston writing method. Find short, easy-to-complete chapters like working on puzzles and adventures. The shorter the writing, the more I feel more curious.
Honestly, there are indeed some repetitive and very strange story lines. But in the end I found all the story lines connected. I did not expect that all the plots made by the author were also very reasonable and in the end it was not strange. Sometimes in some parts of the chapter the author gives great hope and it makes me smile.
The story of Violet North who is sick and looks so bad is indeed a touching story. Then his parents started leaving Violet when he was an adult. Strangely, all of that could be an advantage for Violet. That’s the best time in Violet’s life.
What Violet will do, for me like entertainment. He wrote to develop his imagination, take a walk, travel to the hills and mountains. It’s really a wonderful thing for Violet. Without realizing it, Jules Preston made Violet’s life more beautiful than before.
Then the story about Matilda North (Tilly) who worked as a statistician. When her marriage broke so badly, she began doing research. She does complex calculation analysis and finds compatibility equations. Tilly just lives to like the numbers she considers very simple. This family is increasingly complete with different habits and distinctive characteristics. Jack’s character likes all colors and Jack’s older sister likes handbags. Also their father who made creations of sand carvings.
It is truly a unique family and has a very happy drama. This story is full of fresh and love stories that are not easy to forget. I hope there are many other works from Jules Preston, of course with different story colors. A story that will tie you up till the end.