Two Steps Forward

Two Steps Forward

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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"The Chemin will change you. It changes everyone... The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago, is a centuries-old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. Every year, thousands of walkers--some devout, many not--follow the route that wends through quaint small villages and along busy highways alike, a journey unlike any other. Zoe, an artist from California who's still reeling from her husband's sudden death, has impulsively decided to walk the Camino, hoping to find solace and direction. Martin, an engineer from England, is road-testing a cart of his own design and recovering from a messy divorce. They begin in the same French town, each uncertain of what the future holds. Zoe has anticipated the physical difficulties of her trek, but she is less prepared for other challenges, as strangers and circumstances force her to confront not just recent loss, but long-held beliefs. For Martin, the pilgrimage is a test of his skills and endurance but also, as he and Zoe grow closer, of his willingness to trust others--and himself--again. Smart and funny, insightful and romantic, Two Steps Forward reveals that the most important journeys we make aren't measured in miles, but in the strength, wisdom, and love found along the way.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
ISBN: 9780062843135
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sim
Description: 1 online resource (353 pages, 8 pages)
Additional Contributors: Buist, Anne
OverDrive, Inc
Alternative Title: 2 steps forward

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Aug 07, 2020

I enjoyed this read. Enjoyable characters and I like reading about the El Camino de Santiago.

Feb 01, 2020

Another quick uncomplicated read by Graeme Simsion (co-authored by wife Anne Buist). Although there's way too much serendipity in this novel and a very small cast of characters, the alternating narration is an effective way to show converging character development with the intertwining physical journey they're on. The exhaustion and injury aspects of hiking for weeks are downplayed for obvious reasons but I was hoping to read more about the scenery. If you liked The Rosie Project and its sequels, you'll probably like this too because the writing style is consistent.

Jan 31, 2020

I picked this book up for two reasons: Graeme Simsion and an intrigue about El Camino. I was disappointed to find it difficult to get into this novel, and committed to getting to the half-way point before I made the decision about whether to go on. Then I realized I was over half-way. So there was just enough there to keep me skimming, despite being frustrated at the thing that leads me to avoid reading romances -- the miscommunication, unchecked assumptions, things not said... Another oddity: this book has more references to how much things cost than all the books I've read in over 50 years of loving books, all put together. Don't start this book based on expectations based on reading the Rosie books.

Jul 13, 2018

I enjoyed this read. Being a fan of Simsion’s earlier book , “The Rosie Project”, I knew this would be special.
A story of a grieving widow and a divorced dad weaved together all while educating on the popular European trek ‘the Camino’ (or Chemin).

Jun 28, 2018

Another great book from the author of "The Rosie Project". This book guides the reader on an inward journey of introspection. I found myself completely absorbed.

Jun 27, 2018

Rather than being exciting, this book was calming, meditative, thought provoking, and inspiring. I was totally absorbed in their journeys and didn't want to put the book down. In fact, I was so absorbed, I completed the book in 2 short evenings. I highly recommend it!

Jun 27, 2018

A somewhat quick read that will inspire you to look up the places travelled through in the novel, and maybe even lead to your own Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.

May 06, 2018

I always admire (being sarcastic here) someone’s ability to talk or write a lot and say nothing. 50 pages later I found myself knowing 4 names and the fact that two people were traveling. That’s it.


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