Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque central France. And both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past—for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce.
Looking to make a new start, each sets out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny (central France) to Santiago (northwestern Spain), in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino—the Way—for centuries. It’s said that the Camino changes you. It’s a chance to find a new version of yourself. But can these two very different people find each other?
Two Steps Forward is a smart, funny, and romantic journey, Martin’s and Zoe’s stories are told in alternating chapters by husband-and-wife team Graeme and Anne, and the result is completely seamless for collaborative writing.
This is a book that gathers momentum as you read. The humour in the dialogue between the two characters makes it hard to put down, and the ending is so satisfying (but despite this, I still wanted the book to keep going!). It’s a story of ordinary people with ordinary problems who discover where the best advice comes from, and how to move forward past the hurt and anger that life sometimes throws at you.
If you’ve been thinking about walking the Camino, this book will give you all the inspiration you need to actually do just that. Two Steps Forward is an easy recommendations for lovers of The Rosie Project. It’s going to make a GREAT movie, and we can’t wait to see it!
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