Unfortunately I read The Map of Love in two parts, separated by 5 weeks of travel, which caused the book to feel a bit disconnected for me. However, even taking that into account I cannot say that I loved this book. I enjoyed parts of it and overall it is well-written and well-constructed, but I found it overly long and tedious in places.
The plot jumps back and forth in time and between narrators, telling the story of an English woman who travels to Egypt at the turn of the 20th century and falls in love with an Egyptian man, and the story of an American woman at the turn of the 21st century who falls in love with an Egyptian man. The switches between time and narrator were a little difficult to follow, especially at the beginning, but I did get used to it. The contemporary part is narrated by the sister of the Egyptian man, and I actually felt that it was more about her than about the lovers. However, the primary story definitely seemed to be the earlier one, about the English woman at the turn of the 20th century.
The book went pretty deep into the politics of Eygpt in both times, and knowing almost nothing about it I certainly learned something. However, it got a little preachy at times and it was difficult to keep track of all the various minor characters and mentioned names who were involved. There were sections that got rather tedious.
Overall, it felt like the author was trying a little too hard to create a piece of “literature” with grand deeper meaning. However, I did enjoy the story and I thought the ending was very nicely done and poignant. I cannot give the book a strong recommendation but I do not dis-recommend it either.