The Long Walk Home

The Long Walk Home

A Novel

Book - 2007
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When forty-three-year-old Fiona Edwards first sees the lanky backpacker striding up the lane toward her award-winning farmhouse bed-and-breakfast in the remote mountains of North Wales, she's puzzled. She's used to unexpected strangers, but few arrive on foot. The man to whom she opens her door is
middle-aged, unshaven, sweat-soaked . . . and arrestingly handsome. What neither of them knows at that moment is that their lives are about to change forever.

American Alec Hudson has carried the ashes--and the memory--of his late ex-wife, Gwynne, all the way from London's Heathrow Airport, honoring her request that he scatter them atop a mountain they had climbed together years before--the same brooding peak whose jagged cliffs rise to the sky from the back pastures of Fiona's farm. But the weather doesn't cooperate, and as Fiona and Alec wait for it to clear, they are drawn together by mutual loss, longing, and the miracle of love at midlife.

On the day he finally reaches the summit, Alec is caught in a vicious hailstorm. As he struggles to descend, he stumbles upon the body of a man he recognizes from a photograph at the farm: it is Fiona's ailing and reclusive husband, David, and he is close to death.

Will North's debut novel, The Long Walk Home , is a story about grief and hope, about love and loss, and about two people struggling with the agonizing complexities of fidelity--to a spouse, to a moral code, to each other, and to a passion neither thought would ever appear again. By turns lyrical and gripping, set amid a landscape of breathtaking beauty and unpredictable danger, this is a story you will not soon forget.

For news, reviews, and a visual walking tour, visit WillNorthOnline.com.
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307383020
Characteristics: 306 p.

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skylars Sep 12, 2011

Nice love story about two middle-aged people who fall in love in a matter of a week. Takes place in Wales; he's an American, and their love must be put on hold for six years.

Madelon2237 Apr 21, 2011

Delightful mature characters face life as its delivered

Readforlife Jun 09, 2010

First of all, I love the cover art. And then the story wrapped around my heart and I settled into a very good read. Engaing characters, wonderful setting and life lessons to learn about.

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