When unhappily married Fiona Edwards answers the door of her farmhouse bed and breakfast, she discovers a tall man shouldering a hulking backpack. He is unshaven, sweat-soaked...but arrestingly handsome.
American Alec Hudson has carried the ashes of his ex-wife from London's Heathrow Airport to the mountains of North Wales. Honoring her request to scatter them atop the towering mountain directly behind Fiona’s farm, he attempts to fulfill her wish, but the weather stops him.
As Alec waits for safer conditions, he and Fiona are drawn together by loss and by a passion neither thought would ever reappear in their lives. When Alec stumbles upon something he never expected to see, he is faced with a series of choices he hoped never to make.
An evocative story of honorable people struggling with the complexities of fidelity, and of the hope for a second chance at love.
In this lyrical first novel about love and loss by a ghostwriter for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, Alec, a former speech writer for Jimmy Carter, walks "like a pall bearer" from Heathrow Airport to North Wales to scatter the ashes of his late wife. Along the way, he meets and begins an affair with Fiona Edwards, the spirited and married operator of a Welsh bed-and-breakfast. Fiona's marriage to her shepherd husband David is foundering on the shoals of mutual lack of interest and David's pesticide-related illness that keeps him relegated to separate quarters. There are moral dilemmas aplenty, most notably when Alec discovers David near death in the same treacherous region where he just released his wife's remains. North offers vivid descriptions of the Welsh countryside, capturing its local dialect, flora and fauna, and wild weather, but his romantic boomer tale which includes some overwrought poetry and a few witty words on Carter's handling of the Iran hostage crisis is sometimes too idyllic. If Nicholas Sparks set a novel in North Wales, it would read a lot like this.
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The long walk hime
Excellent book. Reminds me of the great stories by Nicholas Sparks. Will North is my new go to author.
This is a wonderful read about two people find each other and the journeys that they travel.
Difficult to explain, but this felt awkward throughout the book. It was well written, but the story felt off. Awkward is the best I can come up with. Uncomfortable. Flat and predictable, maybe?