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Two Steps Forward

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project comes a story of taking chances and learning to love again as two people, one mourning her husband and the other recovering from divorce, cross paths on the centuries-old Camino pilgrimage from France to Spain.The Chemin will change you. It changes everyoneThe 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 walkerssome devout, many notfollow the route that wends through quaint small villages and along busy highways alike, a journey unlike any other.Zoe, an artist from California whos still reeling from her husbands 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 designand 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 othersand himselfagain.Smart and funny, insightful and romantic, Two Steps Forward reveals that the most important journeys we make arent measured in miles, but in the strength, wisdom, and love found along the way. Fans of The Rosie Project will recognize Graeme Simsions uniquely quirky and charming writing style....

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ISBN : 9780062843111
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Number of Pages : 384 pages
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Two Steps Forward Reviews

  • Phrynne

    When I first started this book I found it a little slow and a little too full of details about walking, finding accommodation and what they had for breakfast. But it surely did not stay like that!

    As Martin and Zoe take their first tentative steps along the walking trail they also begin a romance which is by turns funny and sad, and full of misunderstandings. The cover picture says it all. There is Zoe on one stretch of the path and Martin with his little cart on a whole separate section. Occasi
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  • Kate Olson

    What a beautiful story! I have loved everything Simsion has written, and while this book is quite different than his other work, it is just as wonderful. It is a quiet and contemplative story of perseverance, testing the limits of both the physical and mental self, family, and overcoming loss. The France/Spain setting is amazing, and I have been fascinated of the stories of the pilgramages made on the Chemin/Camino since a family friend made the journey several years ago. In the back pages of th ...more

  • Karen Carter

    I love the title of this book, it is just perfect and encapsulates the essence of the book in both its literal and metaphorical sense.

    For both Martin and Zoe life has taken an unexpected change for the worse and they have taken to the Camino walk to try and re-find themselves and embark ,with tentative steps, on their new way of life. There is humour in the book but it is also about who we are and who we mould ourselves to be. There is an interesting range of supporting characters who are also
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  • Jennifer

    I was first on the list at my local library for Two Steps Forward, as I have been eagerly awaiting any new work with Graeme Simsion's name attached. I was obviously overly excited because Two Steps Forward did very little for me. The parts I did enjoy and warranted all the stars was meeting all the characters in the midst of their Camino de Santiago pilgrimage to Spain. It was so interesting to see everyone's reason for making the religious pilgrimage, and not only did I learn something new but

    "In 2011, literary couple Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project, The Rosie Effect and The Best of Adam Sharp) and Anne Buist (Medea's Curse and Dangerous to Know), walked for 87 days from Cluny in France to Santiago de Compestela, covering 2038 kilometres."
    Knowing that the authors actually had firsthand experience allowed me to understand why the trail became a character in its own right. I loved this element.

    However, the two main characters were very one-dimensional to me. The grieving three-week widow Zoe did not seem to be grieving at all. I didn't feel anything from her and this impacted all the other dynamics such as her internal and external journey and her slow romance with the divorced male lead: Martin who she meets on the trail, and who I struggled similarly with but not quite as much. Maybe this was due to the audiobook performance, maybe I read this on a bad day, maybe the trail completely outshined everything else (which is an explanation I could live with), but it was my experience nonetheless. Although 100% unemotional for me personally, I thoroughly enjoyed learning about this ancient pilgrimage that I don't remember ever hearing about before.

    Learning is good. Three stars.

    My favorite quote:

    "The path is not a straight line but every step takes you closer." ...more

  • Elaine

    This was an entertaining read and reignited my interest in walking the Camino. I enjoyed following Martin and Zoe on their journey to Santiago. It was filled with many wonderful characters just like you would expect to meet on the walk. Both authors personal experience with The Way is quite evident with the attention to detail and the descriptions of the many villages and accomodation places visited along the way. As well as the wonderful friendships that can develop. The Camino has a way of bri ...more

  • Text Publishing

    ‘Simsion and Australian psychiatrist Buist have written an insightful study of loss, grief, and the possibility of romance after.’

    Library Journal

    ‘This is the sort of book that you can easily imagine being filmed, with strong set pieces, gorgeous scenery, and lots of heart and humour.’

    Booktopian

    ‘The leisurely paced novel explores themes of forgiveness and self-discovery with gentle humour…A feel-good, mature romance that explores what we need to let go of to move forward.’

    Books+Publishing

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  • Wendy

    I read this because it was a Book Club selection by someone in my club that obviously hates me.

    I gave this 1 star but would give it 0 if I could.

    This is badly written. It is pedestrian, predictable and plodding (puns intended).

    I was NOT impressed with Simsion's ROSIE PROJECT and it seems his writing has gone downhill from there.

    Why, oh why do people who walk the Camino think they need to write a book about it to illuminate the rest of us on its transformative powers? Please, just don't.

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  • Claire

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ebook for review***

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project comes a story of taking chances and learning to love again as two people, one mourning her husband and the other recovering from divorce, cross paths on the centuries-old Camino pilgrimage from France to Spain.

    An inspiring fiction read particulary for those interested in doing the Camino prilgrimage. The romantic twist adds another element to the story. It started off a li
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