Two Steps Forward

Two Steps Forward

Graeme Simsion / Sep 18, 2019

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

  • Title: Two Steps Forward
  • Author: Graeme Simsion
  • ISBN: Two Steps Forward
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  • Page: 403
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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, i 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 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stretch of the path and Martin with his little cart on a whole separate section Occasi 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 Occasionally they do meet up The writing is delightful If you read the book watch out for the lovely little scene where Zoe picks up a leftover glass of wine,drinks it and moves on Then see what happens next So clever One of those books which doesn t hit the ground running but rather starts off slowly and gathers momentum By the last half I was so attached to the two main characters I had to race to the end to see what happened Oh and the ending is brilliant Read it flag 55 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Sep 10, 2018 Wilma rated it really liked it review of another edition Het lopen van de Camino eventueel een gedeelte ervan staat op mijn Bucketlist Ik heb genoten van de wandeling en de struggles die Zo en Martin moesten doorstaanaanrader flag 38 likesLike see review Jul 16, 2018 Jonetta rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, contemporary fiction, publisher review request, 12800 in 2018, 5000 books, audio 2000 Zoe, an artist from California, and Martin, an engineer from England, find themselves on The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago It s a centuries old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago in northwest Spain They plan to join other walkers following the route, each having their own reasons for doing so Zoe recently lost her husband in a car accident and Martin is recovering from an acrimonious divorce He s also testing out a cart he s designed that might replace the need to carry backp Zoe, an artist from California, and Martin, an engineer from England, find themselves on The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago It s a centuries old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago in northwest Spain They plan to join other walkers following the route, each having their own reasons for doing so Zoe recently lost her husband in a car accident and Martin is recovering from an acrimonious divorce He s also testing out a cart he s designed that might replace the need to carry backpacks on this journey I d never heard of this sojourn, let alone this region of France The cast of characters encountered along the way made this a unique reading experience Walkers take different approaches to the trip, some staying in hostels, others in private homes or hotels Zoe started the walk alone and found herself intersecting with Martin and his cart throughout Theirs was a relationship that had a rocky start that eventually evolved to amiable, with starts and stops to something They d take two steps forward and thenI struggled with the beginning of this story with all the technical talk of equipment, kilometers and gear related to the Camino But somewhere along the line, I became fully invested in these people, the things that were driving them to do this walk and their experiences along the way It s told from Zoe and Martin s points of view, alternating sometimes in parallel and others in a cleverly connected way you have to pay attention so you don t miss those moments I loved both narrators, Simon Slater and Penelope Rawlins, for their storytelling skills and their distinctive capture of all the characters in the story I ended up loving this book and found the ending delightful I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review flag 37 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Mar 21, 2018 Producervan in Cornville, AZ from New Orleans L.A rated it it was amazing review of another edition Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist Enjoyable fictional account about a man and a woman s trek on the Camino, starting in France and on into Spain Told from each of their points of view, you ll find this part travelogue and part romance Some hikers are on a spiritual journey and some are avoiding their spiritual journeys whilst others learn what love really is Truly inspiring change, resolution and growth for many of the characters while sharing a realistic view of traversing Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist Enjoyable fictional account about a man and a woman s trek on the Camino, starting in France and on into Spain Told from each of their points of view, you ll find this part travelogue and part romance Some hikers are on a spiritual journey and some are avoiding their spiritual journeys whilst others learn what love really is Truly inspiring change, resolution and growth for many of the characters while sharing a realistic view of traversing the Camino de Santiago Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ebook for review flag 27 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 01, 2018 Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves listened to audiobook, read 2018, stand alone novel, travel adventure 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 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 I found it fascinating Then I stumbled across an article posted by The Sydney Morning Herald that provided this tidbit 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 flag 36 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Sep 21, 2017 Marianne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Two Steps Forward is a novel written by Australian husband and wife author team, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist When Zoe and Martin arrive in France, neither of them does so with the Camino de Santiago in mind Engineer, Dr Martin Eden has just gone through an acrimonious divorce, giving up his home and job for a temporary teaching position in Cluny An aspiring artist whose fledgling career was aborted by marriage and the birth of her two now adult daughters, Zoe Witt is a recent widow Her h Two Steps Forward is a novel written by Australian husband and wife author team, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist When Zoe and Martin arrive in France, neither of them does so with the Camino de Santiago in mind Engineer, Dr Martin Eden has just gone through an acrimonious divorce, giving up his home and job for a temporary teaching position in Cluny An aspiring artist whose fledgling career was aborted by marriage and the birth of her two now adult daughters, Zoe Witt is a recent widow Her husband s sudden death brought some unpleasant surprises and she s in Cluny looking up a college friend while she comes to terms with her grief and life s new realities.Somewhat uncomfortable with her friend s matchmaking efforts, and feeling the need for solitude, Zoe surprises herself with a decision to walk the Chemin from Cluny to the Spanish border Martin s impetus is far from spiritual after a chance encounter with a Dutch pilgrim, he is going to road test a pilgrim cart he has designed and hopes to sell in fact, needs to sell as he is jobless, homeless and penniless And with a seventeen year old daughter about to attend university.As their paths cross and recross, American Zoe and British Martin, along with a bunch of Brazilians, Germans and other Americans, go despite some friction and or frisson from strangers to a camaraderie and occasionally, something that seems not uncommon with those sharing this life changing experience There s plenty of humour in the dialogue and the interactions between characters miscommunications, misunderstandings and omissions of the whole truth, as well as a bit of almost slapstick comedy add to the enjoyment The male and female voices are well rendered, and the story also illustrates the wide spectrum of pilgrims attracted to Camino, with their myriad of reasons for walking Buist and Simsion give the reader a tale about a group of ordinary people with ordinary life problems who discover that often best advice comes from strangers whose perspective is not coloured by emotions The spiritual journey aspect is well handled, never becoming overwhelming or heavy on message but still given enough gravitas to be thought provoking The only things missing from this delightful novel are the images of Zoe s cartoons and Martin s cart Very entertaining flag 20 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Apr 16, 2018 Sharon Metcalf rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, edelweiss Two Steps Forward by husband and wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist was an uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable novel Though completely different from Simsion s Rosie series it contained a number of my favourite elements For example the writing was engaging so that once started I didn t want to stop reading, the characters were likeable, the story well executed and the setting interesting Having walked the Chemin Camino themselves from Cluny in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain Two Steps Forward by husband and wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist was an uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable novel Though completely different from Simsion s Rosie series it contained a number of my favourite elements For example the writing was engaging so that once started I didn t want to stop reading, the characters were likeable, the story well executed and the setting interesting Having walked the Chemin Camino themselves from Cluny in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain not once but twice 2038 km 1900 km respectively they clearly wrote what they knew and Ioved and I found it inspiring A walk of that magnitude must surely provide ample opportunity for contemplation and that was precisely what our fictional, middle aged pilgrims required Zoe, recently widowed intended to use the time to deal with her grief but found that as the miles unfolded she had the capacity to let go of long held animosity towards her mother, and religion by association Martin intended to use the walk to launch a new business venture but he too found himself dealing from afar with the falllout of a recent nasty divorce and the implications of that upon his teenage daughter Along the way, these two strangers provided each other with companionship and support, and left the door open to the potential for something in future I felt this aspect of the story was lovely, and was handled realistically without being overly sentimental.Yes there was a heavy emphasis on the walk which incidentally I m now inspired to do but it was so much Ultimately it seemed to be about forgiveness of self and others Of accepting responsibility for your own actions, of forgiving yourself for your own mistakes and trying to push past regrets in an effort to move forward as a better person Quite fitting really when the original pilgrims walked to find God, seek forgiveness or give thanks.Whilst on the topic I d like to add my thanks to the authors for a job well done, to HarperCollins publishers for this Advance Readers e proof, and of course NetGalley for making that possible flag 15 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Apr 29, 2018 Kathryn rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, adult fiction, australian author, contemporary fiction, mainstream fiction I have heard about the Camino walk because a friend s husband walked much of it, I heard an interview about it on the radio by another person who walked it, so when Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist presented itself, I opened it and started reading with interest I have no desire to walk it myself but I was very happy to vicariously experience it this way.It is described in acknowledgements at the end of the book as a mature age love story, and it is, but so much It is abo I have heard about the Camino walk because a friend s husband walked much of it, I heard an interview about it on the radio by another person who walked it, so when Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist presented itself, I opened it and started reading with interest I have no desire to walk it myself but I was very happy to vicariously experience it this way.It is described in acknowledgements at the end of the book as a mature age love story, and it is, but so much It is about challenge physical challenge for sure, ouch all that walking and all those blisters The challenge of being by yourself, facing difficulties sometimes in life or death situations The challenge of walking with others and hitting off them and sometimes eventually losing your sharp edges The walk is an invitation to go inwards and discover who you are, what you are made of It gives you a change to examine your life so far, the emotions, the things facing you now It breaks you open, it questions you.There are two main characters each chapter alternatively told between Martin and Zoe I came to love them both and to be honest it was with regret that I closed the book and let them go I loved how Zoe really came into herself, it was wonderful to watch Martin took a little longer but the lessons he learned so important and most likely apply to us all.There were many other pilgrims along the way, as well those who ran the hostels and places where the pilgrims stayed The description of the walk was very real, the places so well described As both authors have walked the walks of Zoe and Martin it rang with authenticity.I started this book with a little caution, I finished it with a gratefulness for the experience flag 16 likesLike see review Sep 22, 2017 Andrea rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for fans of David Nicholls Shelves australian author, fiction foreign locale, around the world 2018, travel I debated whether or not to add this book to my Travel shelf because it shouldn t really fit it s fiction But the authors explain in their Authors Note that they were very careful about being accurate with routes, timings and locations, and taking only occasional liberties with accommodation and restaurants, based on their own experiences of walking the Chemin Camino twice in 4 years It s just the characters that are fictional I was convinced, so there it sits.Martin and Zoe are strangers, I debated whether or not to add this book to my Travel shelf because it shouldn t really fit it s fiction But the authors explain in their Authors Note that they were very careful about being accurate with routes, timings and locations, and taking only occasional liberties with accommodation and restaurants, based on their own experiences of walking the Chemin Camino twice in 4 years It s just the characters that are fictional I was convinced, so there it sits.Martin and Zoe are strangers, from different continents, who both happen to be in Cluny at the same time, with no previous thoughts of walking the Chemin Camino But of course that s exactly what they both find themselves doing, leaving Cluny within two days of each other in the off season Of course they were destined to meet Along the way they deal with difficult weather, an eclectic mix of fellow pilgrims, health issues, lost property, and the contemplation of what went wrong back at home Gradually Martin Zoe become friends, favoured walking companions and maybe if they could just get it together at the same time something I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wanted it to keep going For a collaborative piece of writing, it is seamless, and it gave me a very vivid sense of what it might be like to walk the Chemin Camino As I was reading I kept thinking that it reminded me of the style of British author, David Nicholls, funny and charming, without tipping over the edge flag 12 likesLike see review View 1 comment Feb 18, 2018 Lisa rated it really liked it 3.5 stars I like the idea of going on a walking pilgrimage to work through life s problems The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Frye and Wild are two favorites of mine This is the premise of Two Steps Forward. Zoe and Martin, both middle aged, are separately walking The Chemin through France and Spain I enjoyed both of their journeys and the description of the trail and wish I could go on this walk It sounds like a very appealing experience The alternating narratives sometimes felt 3.5 stars I like the idea of going on a walking pilgrimage to work through life s problems The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Frye and Wild are two favorites of mine This is the premise of Two Steps Forward. Zoe and Martin, both middle aged, are separately walking The Chemin through France and Spain I enjoyed both of their journeys and the description of the trail and wish I could go on this walk It sounds like a very appealing experience The alternating narratives sometimes felt choppy and confusing The voices of Zoe and Martin were not always distinct and I found myself frequently looking at the top of the page to see who was speaking But overall, a satisfying read Thank you to Giveaways program for this ARC flag 11 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 27, 2017 Text Publishing rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves australian, fiction, long weekend reads, thought provoker 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 I en 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 I enjoyed every moment of this informative, funny and sweet novel Readings A novel of mature love and self discovery set against the scenic backdrop of the pilgrims walk Age There s so much to love about this novel, which is smart and funny and full of the awkwardness and adrenaline of adventure and new romance Whimn A delightful tale of renewal and shedding unnecessary burdens This is sure to be loved by fans of The Rosie Project and it s enough to put the Camino at the top of your travel wishlist Herald Sun Fans of The Rosie Project might recognise shades of Don Tillman Compelling reading A cast of entertaining and eccentric characters The book s momentum never flags An entertaining and refreshingly unpredictable romance Sydney Morning Herald Sometimes, you just have to feel to go with what the Way or a book like this one makes you feel This one made me feel uplifted I hope it does the same for you too Pop.editt Simsion and Buist are Camino veterans who add detail and authority to their novel Adelaide Advertiser Simsion and Buist are Camino veterans, adding detail and authority to their novel Daily Telegraph flag 12 likesLike see review Oct 18, 2018 Barbara rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, travel, book club 4.5 It was a treat to read this book As I progressed deeply in my reading, I became increasingly enthralled I had heard of the Camino or the Way, a centuries old pilgrimage traversing much of France and Spain, but the narrative by these authors did much to familiarize me with the routes and the myriad reasons of people to undertake these treks Whether one is a pelerin , a peregrino , or a pilgrim, the reasons for the walk varied widely It seemed that the religious pilgrimage was r 4.5 It was a treat to read this book As I progressed deeply in my reading, I became increasingly enthralled I had heard of the Camino or the Way, a centuries old pilgrimage traversing much of France and Spain, but the narrative by these authors did much to familiarize me with the routes and the myriad reasons of people to undertake these treks Whether one is a pelerin , a peregrino , or a pilgrim, the reasons for the walk varied widely It seemed that the religious pilgrimage was rare The sense of community, friendship and sharing was remarkable among the people traveling on footIt was a pleasure to view the scenery through the travelers eyes, to feel the senses as they did and to understand the rationale for such a radical means for travel Another benefit of reading this account was to improve my French and to learn some Spanish It was good to learn that the authors are long term married partners, had traversed the camino a number of times and had truly shared the well organized writing of this book.By all means, I recommend the film, The Way, which was mentioned in this book It is not the story of these people, but of a man deep in grief, who sought healing through this extreme measure The tale beautifully demonstrates the expanses of lovely scenery and the development of caring friendship among the walkerstps title tt1441912 flag 9 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 25, 2018 Wendy rated it did not like it 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.From page 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.From page 1, I knew the narrative arc of this book Really, the details of boots, tents, walking companions, boozy nights, getting laid, having fights and epiphanies on the walk are just so muchgag me, I am so bored, rolling the eyes fodder.As Bob Newhart said in his famous therapist skit, STOP IT Have a craving to write about how a vegetarian does the Camino Stop it.Feel like telling us EVERY MEAL your characters had on the walk Stop it.Want to share the beauty of the French and Spanish countryside Stop it.Keen to tell us how to deal with blisters on the walk Stop it.Want to stereotype your characters into cardboard cutouts Stop it Please, have mercy on the reading public Your experience that had to be translated into a novel is just not that riveting.If this hadn t been on my Kindle, I would have thrown it out the window Just wait till I get to the BookClub discussion about this mediocre book flag 8 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jun 17, 2018 Liz Leiby rated it did not like it review of another edition The premise of this book has tons of promise but the execution is weak, to say the least There are two POVs, but it felt like the same character If I forgot to look at the chapter heading, I almost wouldn t have known which character was talking, there was no distinct voice for each The character development is, again, weak The plot was so scattered I felt like I was reading a rough draft, or an outline of an idea it was wildly underdeveloped I couldn t decide if it was poor writing or e The premise of this book has tons of promise but the execution is weak, to say the least There are two POVs, but it felt like the same character If I forgot to look at the chapter heading, I almost wouldn t have known which character was talking, there was no distinct voice for each The character development is, again, weak The plot was so scattered I felt like I was reading a rough draft, or an outline of an idea it was wildly underdeveloped I couldn t decide if it was poor writing or editing and I feel like it was a combination of both So much of this novel was surface level, while trying to touch on blow surface themes forgiveness, grief, etc and not doing a great job of it It lacked substance and direction Idk what it was trying to do, but it was too much and not enough at the same time It was a little bit of a train wreck to me There were moments and glimpses that gave a small peek into what this book could have been which is maybe what made this such a disappointment I don t think I d recommend this to anyone flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 27, 2017 Kat rated it it was amazing review of another edition As good as the Rosie Project, this collaborative husband wife writing team effort is just as easy to recommend.Told in alternating chapters, we follow Martin recently divorced Brit Zoe recently widowed American as they traverse part of the Camino trail from France to Spain They don t set off together, their paths only cross occasionally, they are both walking for very different reasons but they both have important lessons to learn, some even from each other.A well written, hum As good as the Rosie Project, this collaborative husband wife writing team effort is just as easy to recommend.Told in alternating chapters, we follow Martin recently divorced Brit Zoe recently widowed American as they traverse part of the Camino trail from France to Spain They don t set off together, their paths only cross occasionally, they are both walking for very different reasons but they both have important lessons to learn, some even from each other.A well written, humorous book, that nonetheless has deep emotional depths that will bring tears to your eyes.Highly recommended, for Graeme Anne fans, Camino travellers, or anyone just after a novel you won t want to put down flag 8 likesLike see review Feb 23, 2018 Elaine rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves owned 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 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 bringing people from all sorts of walks of life and all over the world, together and it bonds them in a way nothing else can That was perfectly captured here It also reflected the many and varied reasons people choose to walk the Camino and what it teaches them along the way I thoroughly enjoyed reading this for the insight it gave to the Camino and also for the light, fun and romantic story Anyone contemplating doing the Camino would enjoy this not so much as a guide book but just as inspiration to follow their dream This has been on my bucket list for a long time and now having read this book, it has just affirmed for me my desire to one day walk it Thanks to Graeme and Anne for sharing their passion with us and for giving us a great read in the process flag 7 likesLike see review Jul 08, 2018 Lise rated it did not like it I only read this because it was chosen for my book club and I can t stand it when people don t finish my choices This book is so awful Zoe the smarmy vegetarian walks the Camino with Martin the bore A series of misunderstandings and miscommunication means hilarity ensues No it doesn t, it s just predictable blah blah blah From the description of the blisters I m sure the authors read Cheryl Strayed s brilliant memoir Wild I m fascinated by the Camino but this book would have you believe th I only read this because it was chosen for my book club and I can t stand it when people don t finish my choices This book is so awful Zoe the smarmy vegetarian walks the Camino with Martin the bore A series of misunderstandings and miscommunication means hilarity ensues No it doesn t, it s just predictable blah blah blah From the description of the blisters I m sure the authors read Cheryl Strayed s brilliant memoir Wild I m fascinated by the Camino but this book would have you believe there s just a bunch of stupid dickheads walking it flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 16, 2018 Paige rated it liked it Shelves adult fiction, arcs, romance light This book started a bit slow It picked up but I didn t fall in love with the characters like I did the Rosie books flag 10 likesLike see review May 07, 2018 TL rated it really liked it flag 6 likesLike see review Mar 26, 2018 lleskelle teamS ren I like big b00ks marked it as to read Shelves 05 to review I received an Advanced Review Copy. More reviews and book talk at You can find me here too flag 6 likesLike see review May 28, 2018 Kate Olson rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves adult reads 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 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 this book I learned that the authors are married, and wrote the book based on their experiences doing this walk TWO STEPS FORWARD is not a gripping page turner, but instead is a tale that works its way into your heart and won t let go It was a truly wonderful reading experience for me flag 6 likesLike see review Mar 28, 2018 Katie B rated it liked it Shelves fiction, giveaways, france, spain, arc, travel, romance, read in 2018 Every year, thousands of walkers follow a centuries old pilgrim route from France to Spain The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago, is walked by people who are hoping to experience the life changing effects that the journey is well known to bring to people who complete it Zoe has come to France still reeling from her husband s sudden death Martin is recovering from a messy divorce They both set off the pilgrimage alone but seem to keep bumping into one another while staying in the s Every year, thousands of walkers follow a centuries old pilgrim route from France to Spain The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago, is walked by people who are hoping to experience the life changing effects that the journey is well known to bring to people who complete it Zoe has come to France still reeling from her husband s sudden death Martin is recovering from a messy divorce They both set off the pilgrimage alone but seem to keep bumping into one another while staying in the small towns along the route This is a story of pushing yourself to the limit in order to learn about yourself and maybe others.The Chemin is not something I had heard about before reading this novel and I really found the whole concept fascinating It really sounds like an incredible accomplishment to complete the journey Unfortunately, the pace of this book was so slow at times it almost felt like you were out there walking the many kilometers yourself instead of reading a pleasant book I wasn t a big fan of Zoe as a character but by the end she was definitely tolerable I do like the different positive messages of this book but there were just too many times when I was bored to really give this a good recommendation I won a free copy of this book but was under no obligation to post a review All views expressed are my honest opinion flag 6 likesLike see review Sep 09, 2017 Sharon Jarvis rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves giveaways, reviewed for publisher I have to say that this was a great book Loved it Read it in one day I just couldn t put it down.While this is a fiction story the authors share with us that they undertook the Chemin Camino from Cluny to Santiago de Compostela in 2011 87 days and 2038 kms and the Cluny to St Jean Pied de Port and on to Santiago via Camino Frances in 2016 79 days and approximately 1900kms The Camino with all its different variations is an incredible feat to undertake The publisher s blurb is an excelle I have to say that this was a great book Loved it Read it in one day I just couldn t put it down.While this is a fiction story the authors share with us that they undertook the Chemin Camino from Cluny to Santiago de Compostela in 2011 87 days and 2038 kms and the Cluny to St Jean Pied de Port and on to Santiago via Camino Frances in 2016 79 days and approximately 1900kms The Camino with all its different variations is an incredible feat to undertake The publisher s blurb is an excellent introduction to the story The title is different but appropriate it is about walking and lots of it The two main characters, Martin and Zoe, alternate chapters to tell their story and it is written so that each has a clearly defined voice While the two have seen each other before each of them leaves Cluny there are an incredible number of miscommunications and misunderstandings that create an interesting atmosphere and much amusement for the reader I loved the different perceptions that each character shared and how crossing paths with other people and each other leads to complicated situations and coincidences.This is a very moving story Highly recommended read Thank you to Text Publishing for an Advanced Reader Copy to read and review flag 6 likesLike see review Sep 10, 2017 marlin1 rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves giveaways, australian author 3.5 stars I wanted to really love this book and although I did enjoy it, it just didn t reach that height.I ve read a few books about travels on the Camino Trail not all non fiction and maybe I was expecting of the same.If your looking for a book where people lost in life find their way while on the trail, then this is a good one If your looking for a book about the trail and it s trials and tribulations then this may fall short.Thank you to Text Publishing and for a co 3.5 stars I wanted to really love this book and although I did enjoy it, it just didn t reach that height.I ve read a few books about travels on the Camino Trail not all non fiction and maybe I was expecting of the same.If your looking for a book where people lost in life find their way while on the trail, then this is a good one If your looking for a book about the trail and it s trials and tribulations then this may fall short.Thank you to Text Publishing and for a copy to read and review flag 7 likesLike see review Jun 10, 2018 Claire rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 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 little slow but as the story progressed it became much interesting By the last half, I could not wait to see what happened to each of the characters and the ending was a perfect finish flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 20, 2018 Maya Panika rated it it was ok review of another edition A British man and an American woman walk the Camino almost by accident Both have their own reasons for undertaking the walk Martin wants to test and sell a cart he has developed, and escape his failed marriage Zoe is recently, suddenly, widowed and doesn t know how to move on with her life They start out apart not even liking each other, then, slowly oh, SO slowly , a relationship begins to develop An interesting premise, but I m afraid I found Two Steps almost as hard going as walking the A British man and an American woman walk the Camino almost by accident Both have their own reasons for undertaking the walk Martin wants to test and sell a cart he has developed, and escape his failed marriage Zoe is recently, suddenly, widowed and doesn t know how to move on with her life They start out apart not even liking each other, then, slowly oh, SO slowly , a relationship begins to develop An interesting premise, but I m afraid I found Two Steps almost as hard going as walking the Camino It was dreadfully slow and none of the characters interested me I was hoping to find about the reality of the Camino from reading this book the authors have walked it twice , and to feel something of the emotions experienced along the way, but there s very little about the walk, the landscape, the towns and churches, Two Steps is all about the two characters and I never did warm to them not because they re unpleasant or dislikable, they re just so colourless There s a seemingly endless reiteration of small, unimportant, uninteresting detail about two terribly dull lives There s no emotional depth at all With no real highs or lows, it s flat as the proverbial tortilla And it is much too long having two writers write alternate chapters is another good idea, but it made the story immensely slow to develop, going round and around for a long time, not getting anywhere and nothing of interest happening at all Even the supporting cast selfish Bernhard and the giddy Brazilians did nothing for me, they were all as under developed, as vapid and uninteresting, as the main pair It s been such a dull read, it s taken me forever to plough through and, having finally finished it at last , I find almost nothing memorable in it at all Frankly, the current BBC series in which a bunch of moaning minor celebrities walk the Camino has a world depth, interest and genuine emotion in it than this novel and tells the tale far entertainingly too flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 13, 2018 Kate Forsyth rated it really liked it Shelves australian, aww2018, contemporary A charming romantic comedy set on the Camino Trail, Two Steps Forward is told in alternating chapters between the voices of Martin, an engineer from Yorkshire, and Zoe, an artist from California Both are struggling with hurt and bereavement in their lives Martin is in the midst of a messy divorce, and trying to rebuild his relationship with his teenage daughter Zoe s husband has recently died, leaving her exhausted in mind and body, and not sure how to go on in her life alone The couple firs A charming romantic comedy set on the Camino Trail, Two Steps Forward is told in alternating chapters between the voices of Martin, an engineer from Yorkshire, and Zoe, an artist from California Both are struggling with hurt and bereavement in their lives Martin is in the midst of a messy divorce, and trying to rebuild his relationship with his teenage daughter Zoe s husband has recently died, leaving her exhausted in mind and body, and not sure how to go on in her life alone The couple first meet in Cluny, France, and each decide independently to walk the ancient pilgrims way to Santiago in north western Spain Their paths cross and part and cross again, along with those of various eccentric and sometimes exasperating minor characters The tone is light and amusing, with running jokes about Zoe s difficulty in eating vegan food in a country that adores its food, and Martin s struggle to learn to take advice Along the way, however, deeper issues emerge Each must learn a few lessons about life and their own inner demons before they are ready to embrace a relationship together Their story is told in alternating chapters by this husband and wife writing team, with Graeme Simsion writing in the voice of mechanically minded Martin, and Anne Bruist writing from the point of view of zany Zoe 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 flag 5 likesLike see review Aug 16, 2017 Amy Jasper rated it it was amazing review of another edition This collaboration between Australian writing powerhouse couple, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist, is a satisfying page turning romantic comedy, with an accurate and fascinating travel diary side story.Graeme and Anne have walked sections of the Camino on than one occasion, and it shows in the detailed and intimate descriptions of the trail itself and the towns and villages encountered along the way.The central characters, Martin and Zoe, will draw the reader along as a passenger on their indi This collaboration between Australian writing powerhouse couple, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist, is a satisfying page turning romantic comedy, with an accurate and fascinating travel diary side story.Graeme and Anne have walked sections of the Camino on than one occasion, and it shows in the detailed and intimate descriptions of the trail itself and the towns and villages encountered along the way.The central characters, Martin and Zoe, will draw the reader along as a passenger on their individual experiences, slowly revealing their personal stories They are accompanied by a supporting cast of appealing and entertaining fellow pilgrims whose individual Camino journeys are satisfying substories themselves.It is no surprise that this novel has already been optioned by Fox Searchlight, for development into a movie to be produced by Ellen DeGeneres Graeme Simsion s background in screenwriting has always influenced his work, and this novel in particular will make for a wonderful movie adaptation.I loved Two Steps Forward, and it has almost inspired this unfit 50 year old to get in shape and head off on her own Camino journey flag 4 likesLike see review Feb 28, 2018 Odette Knappers rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 In YA is coming of age echt een genre, maar in volwassen romans kom je het niet vaak tegen dat karaktergroei het hoofdonderwerp van een boek is Maar in deze wel.En het is zeker een goed er sterk boek Ik vind het ook mooi hoe de verhaallijnen van de personages zich ontwikkelen Maar toch 3.De schrijfstijl sprak me niet heel erg aan, hoewel het wel vlot weglas En de hoeveelheid negativiteit en drama en gedoe tijdens de wandeltocht ook niet echt Al met al heb ik veel YA gelezen met een beter In YA is coming of age echt een genre, maar in volwassen romans kom je het niet vaak tegen dat karaktergroei het hoofdonderwerp van een boek is Maar in deze wel.En het is zeker een goed er sterk boek Ik vind het ook mooi hoe de verhaallijnen van de personages zich ontwikkelen Maar toch 3.De schrijfstijl sprak me niet heel erg aan, hoewel het wel vlot weglas En de hoeveelheid negativiteit en drama en gedoe tijdens de wandeltocht ook niet echt Al met al heb ik veel YA gelezen met een beter onderbouwde, logischere en mooiere karakterontwikkeling dan in dit boek En zeker qua onderwerp vind ik het vergelijkbare De afstand tussen jou en mij toch wel echt beter flag 4 likesLike see review Mar 21, 2018 Karen Carter rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 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 each doing the walk for very personal reasons.The principal characters follow their own routes but also come together at some points, sometimes in harmony and sometimes in adversity A lovely book that takes you on a journey with its characters flag 4 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed 1 likes When we get stuck, sometimes, instead of pushing at the problem, we need to look inward and 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        Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in forty languages Movie rights have been optioned to Sony Pictures The sequel, The Rosie Effect, is also a bestseller, with total sales of Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in forty languages Movie rights have been optioned to Sony Pictures The sequel, The Rosie Effect, is also a bestseller, with total sales of the two novels approaching five million Graeme s third novel was The Best of Adam Sharp, a story of a love affair re kindled and its consequences Movie rights have been optioned by Vocab Films with Toni Collette attached to play the role of Adam s great lost love, Angelina.Graeme s fourth novel, Two Steps Forward is a story of renewal set on the Camino de Santiago, written with his wife, Anne Buist, whose own books include Medea s Curse, Dangerous to Know and This I would Kill for Movie rights have been optioned by Fox Searchlight with Ellen DeGeneris to produce


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    1. 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 When [...]


    2. Het lopen van de Camino eventueel een gedeelte ervan staat op mijn Bucketlist Ik heb genoten van de wandeling en de struggles die Zo en Martin moesten doorstaanaanrader


    3. Zoe, an artist from California, and Martin, an engineer from England, find themselves on The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago It s a centuries old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago in northwest Spain They plan to join other walkers following the route, each having their own reasons for doing so Zoe recently lost her husband in a car accident and Martin is recovering from an acrimonious divorce He s also testing out a cart he s designed that might replace the need to carry backp Zoe [...]


    4. Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist Enjoyable fictional account about a man and a woman s trek on the Camino, starting in France and on into Spain Told from each of their points of view, you ll find this part travelogue and part romance Some hikers are on a spiritual journey and some are avoiding their spiritual journeys whilst others learn what love really is Truly inspiring change, resolution and growth for many of the characters while sharing a realistic view of traversing Two [...]


    5. 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 I w [...]


    6. Two Steps Forward is a novel written by Australian husband and wife author team, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist When Zoe and Martin arrive in France, neither of them does so with the Camino de Santiago in mind Engineer, Dr Martin Eden has just gone through an acrimonious divorce, giving up his home and job for a temporary teaching position in Cluny An aspiring artist whose fledgling career was aborted by marriage and the birth of her two now adult daughters, Zoe Witt is a recent widow Her h Two S [...]


    7. Two Steps Forward by husband and wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist was an uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable novel Though completely different from Simsion s Rosie series it contained a number of my favourite elements For example the writing was engaging so that once started I didn t want to stop reading, the characters were likeable, the story well executed and the setting interesting Having walked the Chemin Camino themselves from Cluny in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain Two St [...]


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