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The Long Walk Home

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  971 ratings  ·  211 reviews
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 nei
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 14th 2007 by Shaye Areheart Books (first published 2007)
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Make sure you have some wine on hand when you read this book because it is super cheesy! A perfectly orchestrated romance where every scene has the perfect setting, food, wine, etc.. Not that it was a terrible book, I didn't mind it. A very light, easy read. I'd say my rating is a "JC2". That is to say that it was an OK read but lacking in depth.

Its kind of funny that right before this book I read the Curious incident of the dog in the night. And in that book the narrator says that he is includi
The certainty of love doesn’t always arrive to hearts eagerly waiting. Whether rising out of the dust cloud kicked up by an old pick-up truck on a back road in Iowa or flashing by a window in a brief glimpse of backpack, the heart knows when love has arrived—uninvited perhaps, a bit unexpected—but nevertheless its arrival cannot be denied. So we find Fiona Edwards, a woman used to welcoming the unknown into her bed and breakfast, on the morning that will change her life.

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I really wanted to like this book. I couldn't seem to get involved with the characters; I'm not entirely sure why, but they just felt very two-dimensional to me. I found myself irritated with Fiona and Alec instead of sympathizing with them. The writing style left me cold, too. An example of what felt sort of bland to me was this paragraph: 'They began to eat. The wine was velvety and dense with dark fruit. The lamb was perfect, pink and falling off the bone. The roast potatoes were golden and c ...more
Patricia Kay
Mr. North invites the reader to love found, love lost, and the commitment of relationships. As treacherous as his walk up the mountain he has created characters who struggle with emotions which unexpectedly have entered their lives. Detailed research into the geography of Wales, sheep farming, garden to table cooking keeps the reader turning the pages. The ending is predictable but perhaps it was only my prediction that wished for the book to end as beautifully as it did. He has placed his words ...more
Sílvia Soares
Foi um daqueles livros que não me apetecia que terminasse.
This book was just fantastic. I loved all of it... the setting, the characters, the way he set up the story... and the ending was absolutely perfect! I was so drawn into all of it that I wanted to keep reading and never stop, but then I was sad to be done with it. I would definitely read this book again, just to be reminded of how great it is!
Selene Gudino
The Long Walk Home is a love-story novel, you kindda see what's all about comming, and if you are an avid reader probably it wont have anyyyyy suspense. But when i read it I did almost thought of the characters as if they were real. Will North is a talented writter who provides with a nice story that you can read in a rainy weekend.
Arleen Williams
Will North's The Long Walk Home is the kind of book you think about all day long and can't wait to get back to (even when you should be doing other things!). North's characters are complex and his descriptions of the Welsh countryside are breath-taking. He makes you want to pull on your hiking boots and head out on a quest of your own to find that sense of belonging that defines home. And in doing so, he invites you to cheer for the joy Alec and Fiona find together.
This is a sappy detail soaked love story between two middle aged people that takes place in the country side of Wales. Although this book will never be a classic, I really like this book. I like the characters and I love the detailed descriptions and dialog of the country people in the neighborhoods of Wales.The local sights and colors come alive in this book, also great details of food and scents. The vivid description of birthing baby sheep was both horrifying and fascinating-truly information ...more
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
Read this if you are in the mood for a realistic love story. The tone is not at all sentimental or overly lovey-dovey. This is a much upgraded Bridges of Madison County. During the course of the novel, B & B owner Fiona Edwards realizes how trapped she is in her duty-bound marriage to an invalid with anger issues. In fact, she swiftly falls for the company of a tall hiker named Alec Hudson who is passing through, intent on taking his ex-wife's ashes up high onto a craggy mountain to disperse ...more
Gloria Bernal
Take your time with this and enjoy the walk with Alec who is carrying his late ex-wifes (and best friend's) ashes to scatter on the mount of Cadair Idris. Very enjoyable, and well written, based on true experiences and knowledge of the region by the author. I'd never read him before but found his writing drew me in, and inspired me to google the location, as he walked from Heathrow airport towards the lovely real valley in the north of Wales, and the mountain of Cadair Idris. The author knows th ...more
This book was recommended by a person whose taste I respect, but so far (20% in) I find it to be a lightweight romance. I might continue just for the description of Welsh landscape, but I doubt I'll finish.
Maria Carmo
This first novel by the Author is touching and a aosurce of inspiration.The country side and the atmosphere of a small village where people constitute a tight community is going to be the backgroung for romance between the two main characters.A lovely start for Will North who seems to take special delight in certain parts pf Engalnd and Wales.

Maria Carmo

Lisbon, 28 July 2012.
I got this through a Bookbub deal and thought I'd try it because I like Wales, and Wales is not a common book setting. I was disappointed and ended up skimming and flipping through pages to get to the end. A lot of the dialogue seemed unrealistic and stilted, and periodically there would be a section where the author was putting the plot on pause to give a little history or culture lesson. (Now, we'll learn about sheep dip. Now, we'll learn about grocery shopping in small town Britain and how su ...more
Carmen wells
This was one of the most predictable, sappy, cheesy books I've ever read. I would never dissuade anyone from reading it, but I would also never recommend it. Here’s an idea of how it goes:

Day 1: Man meets girl.
Day 2: Girl falls madly, head-over-heels, in love with man.
Day 3: Man confesses love to girl.

So stupid.
Glenda L
I thought this was a very good, well written romance ... written in 2007. Maybe one of these days, I'll get my to be read shelf cleared. I loved reading about the Welsh countryside in this book. This book was full of life and emotion, even heroism. A very enjoyable read, to say the least.
I didn't even finish this book and I never do that. I can't think of one other book that I have ever done that with. I always feel like I should finish the book but this one was just unbelievable to me and I made myself stop reading it and wasting my time.
I liked this book, some might think it sappy but it took place in Wales and the descriptions of the country were so real. I also like the loyalty Fi gave to her husband even when she loved another.
Good book for light reading
Katherine Spencer Inskeep
I knew I wouldn't like this book when the opening pages described the main character as "43, but still had her looks" WHAT??? I've plowed through 70+ pages and it is just too sappy for me!
This book was a refreshing change. A mature romance, a mature love that is selfless and kind. Set in Wales, it offers a glimpse into another way of living.
Just picked this book for our next book club meeting.
This was such a lovely little book. It takes place in the countryside of Wales on a family farm/Bed & Breakfast. The main characters of the story are Fiona and David, the married couple who own the farm and a man named Alec who comes to visit. Alec comes to stay at the Bed & Breakfast because it is right near a mountain where Alec has come to scatter the ashes of his late ex-wife (yes, ex-wife - that relationship is quite interesting).

David has an illness that causes him to have chemical
I downloaded this book (yes, downloaded - I am all about my Kindle - a post for a different day . . .) after reading the first two Kay Scarpetta novels The Scarpetta Collection, Vol. 1: Postmortem / Body of Evidence, which were bundled together, practically with a bow. These pre-CSI novels featuring Virigina medical examiner Kay Scarpetta, if read separately, are probably ok, passable crime fiction. But, when read back to back, Kay is just so incredibily stupid that they are hard to stomach. How ...more
Okay, The Long Walk Home is a book that I thought would be right up my alley. You know – because I am a single woman of a certain age who still kinda hopes that the possibility of romance still exists out there, although perhaps a little closer than a mountain in Wales.

Handsome Alec Hudson has walked all the way from Heathrow to Dolgellau, which is located in North West Wales. Why didn’t he just rent a car and drive? Well, he’s on a bit of a mission. His ex-wife (and dearest friend) Gwynne has d
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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.

Men's Fiction. By some crazy coincidence while at the library, I picked out the perfect compliment to "Mad Dash" (My model for "Women's Fiction) with my selection of "The Long Walk Home." (Could it have been the titles working on my subconscience?) This novel is by Will North (Will North? Are you kidding me?) They are both contemporary love stories (fiction, though fantasy would be more accurate). In "Walk" vis-a-via "Dash"; we have the male perspective on the perfect life--as the middle-aged-wh ...more
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Karen Butman
Although I did enjoy this story, esp. the setting in Wales, I found some things juvenile and unbelievable. For so much to happen it the course of one week, esp two people falling that in love seemed preposterous. Some of the language between Fi and Alec, for a more seasoned pair, seemed a little teenager-ish. However, this did not take away from the wonderful storytelling of this author. And, in the end, it was the morally correct and right thing to do and it was believable. All in all, a good r ...more
Alec Hudson, a former speechwriter, begins his walking journey at Heathrow as he heads to Wales to complete the last wish of his ex-wife to spread her ashes from the top of a remote mountain. He camps and stays at B&B's, finally ending up at Fiona's farm where the two have an instant connection, despite the complication that Fiona is married, or perhaps in part, because of it, as her husband, David, is suffering from severe chemical sensitivity from the pesticides use to dip the sheep on the ...more
Wonderful book! Loved it. It's a story about finding love later in life after heartbreak, loss, and prior commitments. Once you find love in your middle age, is it possible to sustain it and keep it going?

Will North's writing is beautiful without being overly prosaic. His descriptions made me want to pack a bag for a trip to Wales. He got all the descriptions right from the romance to the sights and sounds of a small town in Wales. His descriptions of the romantic scenes (and they're aren't ov
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