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Two steps forward : a novel
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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 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. Fans of The Rosie Project will recognize Graeme Simsion's uniquely quirky and charming writing style.

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Zoe, an American artist, walks the Camino de Santiago to cope with her husband's death. Meanwhile, Martin, a divorced British engineer, tests out his latest contraption a one-wheeled cart on that same trail. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage route that guarantees to change you, and as doubtful as that promise sounds to Zoe and Martin, they find it to be true. Separately, they begin their trek enduring the winter and meeting generous strangers until they eventually cross paths. Their hesitant friendship blossoms into romance, but they also take the time to be alone and reckon with the bleak pasts they've tried to suppress. Husband-and-wife team Simsion (The Best of Adam Sharp, 2017) and Buist (Medea's Curse, 2016) have collaborated on this heartwarming tale of grief, forgiveness, healing, and determination. The eclectic cast of characters including rowdy Brazilians and an opportunistic German adds zest to an otherwise introspective journey in search of inner peace. Like a fictional variation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild (2012), Two Steps Forward will appeal to hikers, travelers, and the downtrodden.--Hyzy, Biz Copyright 2018 Booklist
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