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The Long Walk Home

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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 towe
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published by Broadway (first published 2007)
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Alec came to a bed-and-breakfast in North Wales to fulfill his ex-wife's final wish. She wanted her ashes scattered at the top of Cadair Idris, a mountain near Dolgellau. Fionna managed the B&B while her ailing husband ran their family farm with lambs in the pasture. Alec and Fionna were both surprised at their instant connection, but obligations stood in their way. Both Alec and Fionna had been through recent painful experiences, and have nurturing, caring personalities. Love and passion wa ...more
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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DNF chapter 11

At every party, there are always people who try to look smarter than they really are by over-explaining things or expounding life lessons because they just read a meaningful book. I usually want to punch them in the face for sounding like inspirational posters. This book reminded me of those pretentious people.

First, let me start with what I liked. Both characters are older (Fiona is in her forties and Alec is 50).
Oct 15, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Bill Khaemba
I have been in a reading slump & I always lean towards simple light contemporary books. This one seemed about right and I was liking it for the most part until I realized how super cheesy & chick litty it was. I have no problem with romance in books trust me but I have a problem when the main plot of the book is just about this two random perfect characters ready to DO IT! . Alas this one was exactly that way, it had some good moments but reaching halfway I realize how 'meh" it was.

Sílvia Soares
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foi um daqueles livros que não me apetecia que terminasse.
Patricia Kay
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
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
Arleen Williams
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Will North is the pen name of an international award-winning author and ghostwriter of more than a dozen nonfiction books as well as six recent novels. He has ghosted books for Bill Clinton, Al Gore, several famous Everest mountaineers, a team of dinosaur-hunters, a renowned physician, and others. Two of his books have been the subject of PBS and A&E documentaries. As a fiction author, Will ha ...more
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