Book Review: Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist

Published: 01/05/2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks
384 pages
Format: Kindle edition

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 Forwreveals 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.

two steps forwardsAfter reading and absolutely loving The Rosie Project, the name Graeme Simsion was firmly saved in my mind and as soon as I saw this book, I just had to have it. Blurb sounded also very promising as I am myself also considering doing Camino/Chemin walk one day, hopefully soon. I’ve read and heard a lot about it and many of my friends have done some parts of it.

Mainly for that reason it was lovely to embark on this journey following Martin’s and Zoe’s steps across Chemin. Two people going through rough time in their life, doing this walk for totally different reasons but hoping to find something at the end of it. Promised clarity where to go with their life.

Story is mainly character driven and those characters are beautiful. Their past, their regrets, how lost they are, it all helped to create very real characters. so easy to connect to. Plot I found slow at times and it took me a while to get into. Some parts I really struggled through but about two thirds into the book I got hooked.

If you love character driven stories about self discovery, forgiveness and finding new way of life, this book would be perfect for you. I enjoyed most parts of it but The Rosie Project is still my favourite book by Graeme Simsion.


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