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by JP Monninger


St. Martin’s Press, June 2017

A novel for every Nicholas Sparks fan in which two young people fall in love while backpacking through Europe.

A romantic, vivid novel, The Map that Leads to You takes place in the tender time of a young woman’s life: Heather has just graduated from college and is traveling around Europe for the summer with her two best friends before starting her first job in New York in the fall. It’s the time when you’ve left school responsibility behind, and adult responsibility is looming, but this is your one, ONE last summer to be free. Heather doesn’t expect to even meet Jack, let alone fall in love with him.

Jack is an enigmatic Vermonter a few years older than Heather, who is following his grandfather’s journal to various cities around Europe. The journal, which document’s his grandfather’s travels in Europe after serving during World War II is near and dear to Jack’s heart. Jack is set on seeing the places his grandfather traveled to and sharing his experiences with Heather.

But in the same way that forces are bringing Jack and Heather together, life and duty are pushing them apart. And Jack has a secret that is going to change absolutely everything.

JP Monninger is an award-winning writer in New England and Professor of English at Plymouth State University.

Rights have already sold to Sperling and Kupfer in Italy (pre-empt), Verus in Brazil (pre-empt), Penguen Kitap in Turkey (pre-empt), Ullstein in Germany (auction), Crown in Taiwan, and Cappelen Damm in Norway!

Early Praise for The Map that Leads to You:

“Romantic and unforgettable.”—Nicholas Sparks

“JP Monninger has written a beautiful novel about the joys of friendship, the risk of romantic love and the power of a secret to unravel a future that appears to offer every possibility of happiness. This is a story about the people who make us who we are, what we keep and lose along the way, and who we decide to become when we design the map of our lives leaving an open path for surprise and wonder.”—Adriana Trigiani

“Monninger’s writing spoke to the part of my soul that yearns to be a free-spirit. I fell in love with this story again and again.”—Jamie McGuire