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The miracle of love after loss and longing

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 unp

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Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published by Broadway (first published 2007)
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Jodi
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...more
Marcia
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.

The Long Walk Home by Wil...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
Denise
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.
Bee
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
Karen
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
Rosemary
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.
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.
Melanie
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.
Sally
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!
Leslie
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.
Meredith
Just picked this book for our next book club meeting.
Christine
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...more
Wendy
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
Christie
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...more
Laurel Bradshaw
Book Description (from Amazon.com)
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.

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mark
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
Kolleen
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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
Michelle
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
Bookfanatic
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...more
Cindy
This is a story about a man and woman who fall in love. The man shows up at this woman's b and b in Wales from America. The problem is, she's married. Her husband is suffering from a condition caused by sheep dipping solution. He's a sheep farmer. Anyway, they do have an affair and there are a couple of short sex scenes. Just a warning!
Célia
A primeira vez que li a sinopse deste livro, lembrei-me imediatamente de outro que li e adorei, "As Pontes de Madison County". Posso dizer que não gostei tanto, mas ainda assim foi uma leitura que valeu a pena. É um livro que fala essencialmente de amor, nas suas várias formas, e por isso é inspirador. Tanto a história como as personagens são descritas de forma bastante real e verosímil, a que se junta uma escrita muito cuidada e envolvente.

Não fiquei particularmente impressionada com o final do...more
Sarah
This was a sweet book and a very fast read. It begins with Alec, who, fulfilling his ex-wife's dying request to have her ashes scattered on a remote Welsh mountain, hikes from Heathrow Airport to North Wales. There he meets Fiona Edwards, the spirited owner of a quaint farmhouse bed-and-breakfast, whose husband is reclusive and suffers from sheep dip poisoning. When bad weather keeps him from climbing the mountain, Alec is drawn into life on the farm, helping out with lambing season and falling...more
Alia Yunis
Stomach punching young love isn’t just for the young in this novel in which Alec Hudson gets a second chance, and Fiona Edwards falls head over heels for the first time, despite her 20 years of marriage to a decent enough guy. It is slightly reminiscent of The Bridges of Madison County but without going overboard with the sentimentality and love at first sight clichés. The setting, a sheep farm in picturesque Wales, is as compelling as seeing how Fiona and Alec negotiate the obligations of middl...more
Kathryn
I started a new book club last month here locally and they discussed this book. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it, so I wanted to read it. Well, reading a book after listen to a group talk about it for over an hour is just as bad if not worse than seeing the movie first. The story was a touching love story and for heavan's sake have you ever of heard of sheep dipping before, but I think I would have rated it higher if I didn't know what was going to happen while I was reading. So, I will read Will...more
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