Miles to Go (The Walk, #2)
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Miles to Go (The Walk #2)

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  6,868 ratings  ·  922 reviews
Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, wakes one morning to find himself injured, alone, and confined to a hospital bed in Spokane, Washington. Sixteen days earlier, reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack,...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Simon & Schuster
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Joy Gerbode
Ok ... this is God talking for sure! After finishing the first book, I wanted to read the 2nd. I was in WalMart, heading from the groceries to the books, when I prayed: "God, I know You have more important things to think about than whether the store has the book I want, but I also know You care about the details of my life, so if that book is on the shelf, please help me to see it." I walked all down the book aisle, looking in every section, and did not see the book. There was a clearance bin,...more
Tiffany Cooke
Feb 18, 2012 Tiffany Cooke rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Feel-good stories
Shelves: 2011
I picked up Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans on purpose. I'm not a fan of his writing, but I wanted an uplifting book for the holidays. Reading it reminded me of why I'm not a fan of his writing. It should have been an uplifting book. It had all the parts of the formula: sad story, characters overcoming hard times, a happy ending. The problem was it had all the parts of the formula. All of his books follow the same formula and when I read them, I get bored. There are no surprises, no suspense,...more
Francis Gahren
My Take

A beautiful, well-written second book in The Walk series, this book is rich in life lessons and character development, two things I love in a novel. Evans’ chapters are short and impacting – it makes you feel like you are zipping through the book (I read it in two days). I like the title and how it is taken from “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost (shown below) – I’ve always loved this poem.

There are really three stories going on here – Alan Christoffersen’s, a woman he...more
Louise
NOTE*** The second journal of “The Walk” series. The first was titled: “The Walk”. MILES TO GO continues where The Walk left off. Book 3 will be released in April 2012.

Alan Christoffersen, thirty-two-years old, is writing the second journal of his walk from a hospital bed. His plan to walk to Key West, Florida from Seattle, Washington was interrupted when he was mugged, stabbed, and left to die on the side of the road in Spokane, Washington. Sixteen weeks earlier, within a 5-week period, Alan lo...more
Mj
Easy read. Enjoyable. Uplifting. Picked it up shortly after reading the first book in the series The Walk because I enjoyed it so much.
Kat
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Cydnie
I'm not quite sure why I keep reading books by RPE... I guess I keep hoping that I'll really like one eventually.

Things I liked:
1) I love the character of Falene, a beautiful woman who is not swayed by the gawking men and does things because it's the right thing to do.
2) Two new characters, Angel and Kailamai. Very distinct personalities, well written so that I could picture them. Angel seemed a bit bi-polar for a while, but then things were explained.
3) Some great phrases that are profound, mo...more
Wendi
Miles To Go (The Second Journal of The Walk Series)
By Richard Paul Evans
Published by Simon & Schuster

In this second journal in the series, Alan Christoffersen awakens in a hospital bed after a brutal roadside attack. Lucky to be alive, Alan is visited daily by a woman named ‘Angel’ he recently helped while on his walk. A true blessing, Angel invites Alan to complete his recovery at her home; however, Alan soon discovers that it is Angel who’s in real need of healing.

As one person’s soul mend...more
Shelly
Feb 16, 2012 Shelly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shelly by: Kathy Miller
Shelves: fiction-novel, ocl
Not as good as The Walk. I felt like Evans pushed this one, kind of like "I need a middle book so just write something". A lot of details I didn't need, like how to make a sandwich on the road - literally how to open the mayo packet etc. But in-between there were some real gems, note:

"We plan our lives in long, unbroken stretches that intersect our dreams the way highways connect the city dots on a road map. But in the end we learn that life is lived in the side roads, alleys, and detours." p. 3...more
Regina Spiker
The continuation of The Walk by Richard Paul Evans. In this small novel Alan wakes up in a hospital in Spokane, Washington with three knife wounds to his stomach, inflicted by a gang. He has only walked 318 of the 3,500 miles in his journey from Seattle to Key West, Florida. Alan has lost everything important in his life and walks, with only the bare necessities on his back, to get through the pain - well he did, until he was jumped by the gang outside Spokane. Now, lying in a hospital bed regai...more
Mark Soone
Wow, this has been one of my favorite stories or series in some time! I wasn't quite as excited about the potential of this book due to the fact that it began with rehabilitation rather than the journey...But the quality of writing, and depth of relationships and personal introspection quickly dispelled that notion.

We join Alan as he recovers from his knife wounds, with new friend Angel...As caring as she is he sees that she has her own buried hurts and secrets. They develop a pure and natural f...more
Angie
I liked this second book of The Walk series. In this story, Allen Christoffersen is recovering from a roadside stabbing before he can continue his walk to Key West, Florida. I enjoyed reading how he was able to help "Angel" who took him into her apartment while he recovered---well, actually save her. I liked having more story to read this time and deeper character development, since he worked with people in longer intervals than just passing through towns. The end of the story got back to the we...more
Mayda
“Miles to Go”, the second journal of “The Walk” series by Richard Paul Evans, begins with Alan recovering from his near-death mugging. In this series, it is quite obvious that the story, like life, is not about the destination, it is about the journey. And it’s not just the simple act of getting from one place to another; it is the stops along the way and the chance meetings with others that define this story, as they affect Alan’s life. The author illustrates quite vividly how choosing a certai...more
Somer Schaffer
I don't usually pick up books such as this one; inspirational, moving, journey books. I don't know why, maybe it's because I feel like they're mostly written from a shrink's point of view or something. I must say, I was entirely wrong when it came to this book and I'm glad I got it.

Could you tell I liked it? I finished the entire book in under 24 hours. I didn't get much sleep last night because I couldn't put it down. Why? Maybe it's the constant suspense of the everlasting foreshadowing. Or pe...more
Ashley
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Christina Jones
I went straight from Book 1 to Book 2, and while I liked the characters and plot lines as Al moved on with his walk, I found myself wishing the pace could be picked up just a little. Being human, I loved the revenge on Ralph and the problem solving of what to do with the teen age runaway, but by the end of this second book, we've only traveled a third of the way. At this rate, it'll take 10 books to get him to Key West. However, I will still give it four stars for making me think about how I app...more
Odetta
I really don't like the way the author leaves the reader hanging. It took several chapters to finally get to the end of the story left hanging in the first book The Walk. My daughter downloaded this book from BARD so we could start listening to it as soon as we finished The Walk. I really like the way he was so kind to the girls, Angel & Kailamai. I added causes to my bookshelves because of Kailamai's story. Since the sequel to this book isn't available on Talking Books or BARD, we have it...more
Donna
I loved this book. It is a wonderful mix of humor and interesting characters with some history thrown in. It also includes some fantastic words of wisdom, such as, "Without great mountains we cannot reach great heights. And we were born to reach great heights." I cannot wait to read the third one in this series to see who Alan meets and to find out who the mysterious woman was at the end of this one. What a way to build suspense.
Rayni
Oct 18, 2012 Rayni rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rayni by: Sequel to "The Walk"
If this were my book, this would definitely have been marked, but the next best thing is to include it in my review.
"The way I see it," she [Kailamai] said, "everyone has problems. It's how you choose to deal with them."
Because of Kailamai, I added the book to my Causes bookshelf. Aging out of foster care. The statistics are sobering.

Again, an abrupt ending. Have the next book, "The Road to Grace," ready to pick up, if you can. I read 74 pages into the next book just to come to a satisfactory,...more
Georgia Herod

Book Two of The Walk series continues to follow the journey of Alan Christofferson, a heartbroken man whose wife died after a horseriding accident, his lucrative business was stolen by his partner, his finances were amuck, his multi-million dollar home and two cars are repossessed. Two days after his wife's funeral, he sets out to walk across America from Seattle to Key West, FL. He has nothing--but he's not walking to escape. Anytime a protagonist begins a quest, it's never about the trip; it'...more
Patricia
While I'm not generally a fan of series fiction, I am loving "The Walk" series. The idea of walking from Seattle to Key West is fascinating, and I've become very interested in Alan's journey. This book was especially fun for me, as I currently live in Idaho, have lived in Montana, and have visited Yellowstone National Park several times. Alan's travels in Miles to Go are on roads I have traveled myself.

The overwhelming message of this series (for me) is that people will come into our lives---se...more
Jay
When I started this series, I wondered how the author was going to describe walking, because it seemed like novel after novel of describing how walking was going would get boring and repetitive, redundant and grinding if it just kept going on and on, even if he had the resources of a really good thesaurus. Now I see: it's the interaction with people along the way that he is describing. He spends a long time with some people, shorter times with others, but always long enough for us to get to see...more
Michelle
"You've got to give people a way out, or else the circumstances will take over." ~Alan Christofferson

I love, love, LOVE this series! I can't believe how thought-provoking they are and how I grasp on to every word. The storyline is fabulous, in most parts, but the insight into relationships and our purpose here overpowers the slow parts. The frustrating part...having to wait a year for each one! April 2012 is a long time away!!
Laurel
So inspiring. If you know anyone down in the dumps, or suffering from loss, The Walk would be a great recommendation. Evans is such a good writer and weaves pearls of wisdom all throughout this great story. I'll definitely follow the series. It makes me want to be a better person. It also makes me want to go on a long walk, and eat a yummy truck stop breakfast.
Rosemary
Maybe 3 1/2 stars I enjoyed it. I still find myself wanting to finish the series but I could put this one down. With The Walk the first one in the series he had me more and I was really invested in the characters and I did not feel so preached to. This one felt a little more preachy, but it was still enjoyable I will still read next April I think.
Tony
This was a great second volume in this series. The things I am finding that I enjoy about this series is the focus on finding goodness in life, even when life throws us bad punches. I realize that, in reality, it is so difficult to overcome many of the circumstances that people end up in. However, I believe that part of the human condition is seeking the good in life, no matter the hand we are dealt. And it is in the moments that we overcome such obstacles that men and women can be truly great!...more
Alison
This is the second book in the Walk series by Richard Paul Evans, which I am really enjoying. As I stated in the First book it is about a man who loses his wife, business and home and who decides to just “take a walk”. He is walking to find out what life may hold for him, he's looking for hope that life might still be worth living and to accept what he must live without. These stories are inspirational and we learn something from each book.
In each book we encounter certain challenges that have b...more
Loraine
I enjoyed the continued story of Alan Christoffersen's walk across the US after the death of his wife. It was interesting to see the reconnection with Angel and how it played out as well as meet a new person who affected Alan's life, Kailamai. I look forward to reading book 3 in this series.
Shari
This is the second book in The Walk series about Alan Christoffersen – who set out on a cross country (Seattle to Key West) walking trek following the sudden death of his wife and the collapse of his business. I liked this book a lot but I found it more contrived and preachy than the first one.
Allyson
This is the 2nd in a series, I really like. It's about a man whose wife dies, and he loses his home and business and he sets out to walk across America. It has lots of cool experiences that happen to him and life lessons learned. I recommend it. It sounds like a downer but it's not!
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