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Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Map to You by Lindy Zart - Book Review, Guest Post & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

When Blake leaves his truck unattended for just a short while the last thing he expects is finding someone inside when he gets back. However, there's a young woman asleep in the front seat. Blake doesn't want any company, but she looks like she needs his help, so he offers her a ride. Blake has his own demons to fight and he knows Opal will be trouble. He can't leave her behind though and takes her on a journey, will this be a good decision?

Opal is running from something and she doesn't have much money. She is exhausted when she meets Blake and she can't tell him why she's in his truck. She also can't lie to him, because Blake seems to know exactly what she's thinking. Opal likes Blake, but she isn't ready to be involved with someone. What will they do once they reach their destination? Will Opal eventually be safe or does she have an uncertain future ahead of her and what about Blake, is it fair to include him in her plans?

The Map to You is a wonderful romantic story. I immediately loved Opal. She's quirky, spontaneous and she has the great capacity to completely be herself. She's endearing and sweet and it's hard for Blake to resist her charms. Blake is a good guy struggling with depression, he's trying to fight the demons of his past and he's unsure about his future. Lindy Zart describes his problems in a beautiful realistic way. Blake could use some lightness in his life and Opal is exactly what he needs. He offers Opal safety and stability in return, which makes their relationship interesting from the start. They meet in an unusual way, they have plenty of sparks, their banter is fantastic and their connection is original, which is something I absolutely loved.

Lindy Zart has written a creative love story with many fascinating twists and turns. I often had a smile on my face when I read about Opal, she's funny and gives the story a terrific feelgood factor. I liked that it's being combined with two deep emotional histories. Both Opal and Blake had a complicated childhood, something that moved me and made me feel like I could get close to them through understanding everything about them. I love it when an author achieves that. The Map to You is a versatile enchanting story with plenty of charm and character.


If you love romantic stories about road trips with original main characters you should definitely read The Map to You.

About Lindy Zart

Lindy Zart has been writing since she was a child. Luckily for readers, her writing has improved since then.

Roomies, a NA Rom-Com and international bestseller that hit #1 in Satire Fiction, Romantic Comedy, General Humor, and Humorous, made the USA Today bestseller's list.

She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Lindy loves hearing from people who enjoy her work. She also has a completely natural obsession with the following: coffee, pizza, peanut butter, bloody marys, and wine.



Guest post

A Writer's Tale
by Lindy Zart

There once was a shy girl who came from a broken home. Her father, with his own life in another town, didn’t seem particularly interested in her or her brother and sister. Her mom dated an abusive man who was more important than her children. The girl started kindergarten and wouldn’t​ ​talk​ ​during​ ​school,​ ​and​ ​therefore,​ ​was​ ​held​ ​back​ ​a​ ​year. A lot of the time, she felt unwanted and unloved.

She wasn’t particularly pretty and she went through a “chubby” phase that brought on ridicule from her siblings. That was followed by a​ ​phase​ ​where​ ​she​ ​didn’t​ ​eat​ ​anything​ ​so​ ​that​ ​no​ ​one​ ​could​ ​fall​ ​her​ ​fat​ ​anymore. An avid reader since she was four, she started writing poems and short stories around the age of twelve.

The mother went from an abusive boyfriend to an abusive husband, and again, he appeared to be more important than her children. The father was somewhat in the picture, but he was​ ​on​ ​his​ ​third​ ​wife,​ ​and​ ​they​ ​had​ ​their​ ​own​ ​life. I’m​ ​sure​ ​her​ ​parents​ ​would​ ​disagree,​ ​but​ ​this​ ​is​ ​​her ​story,​ ​and​ ​not​ ​theirs. It wasn’t all bad. This isn’t meant to be a sad story. She had friends, and she had her words.

There were times when she thought about giving up, and once, when she was sent to a new school far from her friends, where she almost succeeded. The girl jumped from home to home, and school to school. She met enough people that she began to lose some of her shyness, although she would always be considered a “quiet” person by those who didn’t know her that well.​ ​

She​ ​was​ ​the​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​person​ ​you​ ​had​ ​to​ ​take​ ​time​ ​with,​ ​or​ ​you’d​ ​never​ ​really​ ​understand​ ​her. In sixth grade, she asked to be put in her proper grade. She met with the school board, and after talking with her, they approved her request. The girl went to summer school that year and​ ​tested​ ​out​ ​of​ ​seventh​ ​grade,​ ​and​ ​in​ ​the​ ​fall,​ ​she​ ​started​ ​eighth​ ​grade. Over the years, she made peace with her childhood, as much as she could. But she still struggled. She always would.

She fell in love, and she had her heart broken. She made mistakes and sometimes she lost herself, but with time, she always found her again. Sometimes, she wasn’t​ ​the​ ​best​ ​friend.​ ​Sometimes,​ ​she​ ​didn’t​ ​have​ ​the​ ​best​ ​friends. Her marriage wasn’t the stuff of fairytales, but she tried, and he tried, and they kept trying. She had miscarriages, and days where she wondered why she was here. But she also had two​ ​sons,​ ​and​ ​they​ ​were​ ​her​ ​answer,​ ​every​ ​time. Life​ ​is​ ​a​ ​rollercoaster.​ ​We​ ​are​ ​the​ ​drivers​ ​and​ ​we​ ​are​ ​the​ ​riders. 

There was always fire in her soul to write, to create worlds and people and stories,to get down on paper all the things she could not, or would not,say. She wanted to expose every part of her soul, all the good, all the bad. She wanted to entertain, to make others laugh, to get them to ask questions, to think, to ​feel. She wanted to help others, to have her words matter, even if to just​ ​one​ ​person.​ ​She​ ​wanted​ ​people​ ​to​ ​know​ ​they​ ​weren’t​ ​alone. You​ ​are​ ​never​ ​alone. Her goal was to write a novel to its completion. It’s easy to start one; it isn’t always the easiest to finish it.

In her early twenties, she wrote her first full-length novel. She continued writing from there, and even sent samples of her work to literary agents. All were rejected, and it stung, but she kept writing. Eventually, she self-published. Eventually,she made the USAToday Bestseller’s list. Eventually, one of the agents who had originally sent her a rejection letter became​ ​her​ ​agent.​ ​Eventually,​ ​she​ ​got​ ​a​ ​2-book​ ​deal​ ​with​ ​a​ ​traditional​ ​publisher. To this day, she writes. No matter if they’re published or not, she will continue to write novels. Some are about her life; some are about others’. Some are inspired from the simplest of words:​ ​What​ ​if? When​ ​people​ ​ask​ ​her​ ​what​ ​inspires​ ​her​ ​to​ ​write,​ ​she​ ​smiles​ ​and​ ​says,​ ​“Everything.”


Three very lucky readers of With Love for Books will receive a digital copy of The Map to You by Lindy Zart.

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  1. The Map to You sounds like a wonderful romantic story about happiness, lies, truths, forgiveness and hope.

  2. A great book for a winter evening! this looks really interesting and absorbing!

  3. Romantic read! Though the story so far seems quite ambiguous. Still interested.

  4. Lindy, your book looks so interesting.

  5. This sounds awesome, thanks for the chance!

  6. I love the way this author writes. I fell in love with her with her story about rommates.

  7. I haven’t read anything by this author before but this sounds like a fantastic read. I would like to win it and save it to readbin the spring time when it’s nicer weather. Mind you it sounds like Opal is not scared easily if she gets into a strange persons cab.

  8. I enjoy Lindy Zart's books so I am looking forward to this one!

  9. Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  10. An extremely moving guest post. Life is never easy, more difficult for some than others. Some try harder, others give up and some end up being a very successful author. I admire your courage and determination.