Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion

Two Steps Forward

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project comes a story of taking chances and learning to love again as two people, one mourning her husband and the other recovering from divorce, cross paths on the centuries-old Camino pilgrimage from France to Spain.“The Chemin will change you. It changes everyone…”The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago, is a centuries-old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago de Compostela i...


Details Two Steps Forward

TitleTwo Steps Forward
ISBN9780062843111
Author
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Romance, Travel, Contemporary
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Reviews Two Steps Forward

  • Phrynne
    2017-06-28
    When I first started this book I found it a little slow and a little too full of details about walking, finding accommodation and what they had for breakfast. But it surely did not stay like that! As Martin and Zoe take their first tentative steps along the walking trail they also begin a romance which is by turns funny and sad, and full of misunderstandings. The cover picture says it all. There is Zoe on one stretch of the path and Martin with h...
  • Jonetta
    2018-07-16
    Zoe, an artist from California, and Martin, an engineer from England, find themselves on The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago. It’s a centuries-old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago in northwest Spain. They plan to join other walkers following the route, each having their own reasons for doing so. Zoe recently lost her husband in a car accident and Martin is recovering from an acrimonious divorce. He’s also testing out a cart he...
  • Producervan in Sedona, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.
    2018-03-21
    Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. Enjoyable fictional account about a man and a woman’s trek on the Camino, starting in France and on into Spain. Told from each of their points of view, you’ll find this part travelogue and part romance. Some hikers are on a spiritual journey and some are avoiding their spiritual journeys whilst others learn what love really is. Truly inspiring change, resolution and growth for many of the ch...
  • Jennifer
    2018-05-01
    I was first on the list at my local library for Two Steps Forward, as I have been eagerly awaiting any new work with Graeme Simsion's name attached. I was obviously overly excited because Two Steps Forward did very little for me. The parts I did enjoy and warranted all the stars was meeting all the characters in the midst of their Camino de Santiago pilgrimage to Spain. It was so interesting to see everyone's reason for making the religious pilgr...
  • Marianne
    2017-09-21
    Two Steps Forward is a novel written by Australian husband and wife author team, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. When Zoe and Martin arrive in France, neither of them does so with the Camino de Santiago in mind. Engineer, Dr Martin Eden has just gone through an acrimonious divorce, giving up his home and job for a temporary teaching position in Cluny. An aspiring artist whose fledgling career was aborted by marriage and the birth of her two (now a...
  • Sharon Metcalf
    2018-04-16
    Two Steps Forward by husband and wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist was an uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable novel. Though completely different from Simsion's "Rosie" series it contained a number of my favourite elements. For example the writing was engaging so that once started I didn't want to stop reading, the characters were likeable, the story well executed and the setting interesting. Having walked the Chemin/Camino themselves - from ...
  • Andrea
    2017-09-22
    I debated whether or not to add this book to my Travel shelf because it shouldn't really fit; it's fiction. But the authors explain in their Authors' Note that they were very careful about being accurate with routes, timings and locations, and taking only occasional liberties with accommodation and restaurants, based on their own experiences of walking the Chemin/Camino twice in 4 years. It's just the characters that are fictional. I was convince...
  • Text Publishing
    2017-06-27
    ‘Simsion and Australian psychiatrist Buist have written an insightful study of loss, grief, and the possibility of romance after.’ Library Journal ‘This is the sort of book that you can easily imagine being filmed, with strong set pieces, gorgeous scenery, and lots of heart and humour.’ Booktopian‘The leisurely paced novel explores themes of forgiveness and self-discovery with gentle humour…A feel-good, mature romance that explores wh...
  • Lisa
    2018-02-18
    [3.5 stars] I like the idea of going on a walking "pilgrimage" to work through life's problems. ("The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Frye" and "Wild" are two favorites of mine) This is the premise of Two Steps Forward. Zoe and Martin, both middle aged, are separately walking "The Chemin" through France and Spain. I enjoyed both of their journeys and the description of the trail and wish I could go on this walk! It sounds like a very appealing expe...
  • Kathryn
    2018-04-29
    I have heard about the Camino walk because a friend's husband walked much of it, I heard an interview about it on the radio by another person who walked it, so when Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist presented itself, I opened it and started reading with interest. I have no desire to walk it myself but I was very happy to vicariously experience it this way.It is described in acknowledgements at the end of the book as a mature-age ...
  • Kat
    2017-06-27
    As good as the Rosie Project, this collaborative husband/wife writing team effort is just as easy to recommend.Told in alternating chapters, we follow Martin (recently divorced Brit) & Zoe (recently widowed American) as they traverse part of the Camino trail from France to Spain. They don't set off together, their paths only cross occasionally, & they are both walking for very different reasons - but they both have important lessons to learn, som...
  • Elaine
    2018-02-23
    This was an entertaining read and reignited my interest in walking the Camino. I enjoyed following Martin and Zoe on their journey to Santiago. It was filled with many wonderful characters just like you would expect to meet on the walk. Both authors personal experience with The Way is quite evident with the attention to detail and the descriptions of the many villages and accomodation places visited along the way. As well as the wonderful friends...
  • Paige
    2018-05-16
    This book started a bit slow. It picked up but I didn’t fall in love with the characters like I did the Rosie books.
  • Kate Olson
    2018-05-28
    What a beautiful story! I have loved everything Simsion has written, and while this book is quite different than his other work, it is just as wonderful. It is a quiet and contemplative story of perseverance, testing the limits of both the physical and mental self, family, and overcoming loss. The France/Spain setting is amazing, and I have been fascinated of the stories of the pilgramages made on the Chemin/Camino since a family friend made the ...
  • Claire
    2018-06-10
    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ebook for review***From the New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project comes a story of taking chances and learning to love again as two people, one mourning her husband and the other recovering from divorce, cross paths on the centuries-old Camino pilgrimage from France to Spain.An inspiring fiction read particulary for those interested in doing the Camino prilgrimage. The romantic twist adds...
  • Sharon Jarvis
    2017-09-09
    I have to say that this was a great book! Loved it. Read it in one day - I just couldn't put it down.While this is a fiction story the authors share with us that they undertook the Chemin/Camino from Cluny to Santiago de Compostela in 2011 - 87 days and 2038 kms and the Cluny to St Jean Pied de Port and on to Santiago via Camino Frances in 2016 - 79 days and approximately 1900kms! The Camino with all its different variations is an incredible feat...
  • Odette Knappers
    2018-02-28
    In YA is coming of age echt een genre, maar in 'volwassen' romans kom je het niet vaak tegen dat karaktergroei het hoofdonderwerp van een boek is. Maar in deze wel.En het is zeker een goed er sterk boek. Ik vind het ook mooi hoe de verhaallijnen van de personages zich ontwikkelen. Maar toch 3*.De schrijfstijl sprak me niet heel erg aan, hoewel het wel vlot weglas. En de hoeveelheid negativiteit en drama en gedoe tijdens de wandeltocht ook niet ec...
  • marlin1
    2017-09-10
    **3.5 stars**I wanted to really love this book and although I did enjoy it, it just didn't reach that height.I've read a few books about travels on the Camino Trail (not all non fiction) and maybe I was expecting more of the same.If your looking for a book where people lost in life find their way while on the trail, then this is a good one. If your looking for a book more about the trail and it's trials and tribulations then this may fall short.T...
  • Janifer Willis
    2017-07-27
    Fun book. Couldn't put it down. Great characters with real life complexities to make the story believable and interesting. Will make a great movie.
  • Kate Forsyth
    2018-05-13
    A charming romantic comedy set on the Camino Trail, Two Steps Forward is told in alternating chapters between the voices of Martin, an engineer from Yorkshire, and Zoe, an artist from California. Both are struggling with hurt and bereavement in their lives. Martin is in the midst of a messy divorce, and trying to rebuild his relationship with his teenage daughter. Zoe’s husband has recently died, leaving her exhausted in mind and body, and not ...
  • Katie B
    2018-03-28
    Every year, thousands of walkers follow a centuries old pilgrim route from France to Spain. The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago, is walked by people who are hoping to experience the life changing effects that the journey is well known to bring to people who complete it. Zoe has come to France still reeling from her husband's sudden death. Martin is recovering from a messy divorce. They both set off the pilgrimage alone but seem to ke...
  • Amy Jasper
    2017-08-16
    This collaboration between Australian writing powerhouse couple, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist, is a satisfying page-turning romantic comedy, with an accurate and fascinating travel diary side-story.Graeme and Anne have walked sections of the Camino on more than one occasion, and it shows in the detailed and intimate descriptions of the trail itself and the towns and villages encountered along the way.The central characters, Martin and Zoe, will ...
  • Karen Carter
    2018-03-21
    I love the title of this book, it is just perfect and encapsulates the essence of the book in both its literal and metaphorical sense. For both Martin and Zoe life has taken an unexpected change for the worse and they have taken to the Camino walk to try and re-find themselves and embark ,with tentative steps, on their new way of life. There is humour in the book but it is also about who we are and who we mould ourselves to be. There is an intere...
  • Kirsty
    2018-05-30
    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.This is a story of character growth, learning who you are as a person and growing while taking part in a gruelling endurance test. The novel follows two main characters, Zoe, a woman from America whose husband has recently passed away, and Martin, a man from the UK who has gone through a messy divorce. At the beginning of the book they don't know each other at all, and j...
  • Aoife
    2018-06-05
    I received this book from the publishers/author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Two Steps Forward follows two different middle-aged people, Zoe and Martin, as they embark upon the historic pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago. Both characters have a lot to think about, and they end up meeting each other, and other people along the way to help them on their journey, as well as gaining experiences that could never be replaced.I actua...
  • Marlene
    2018-05-13
    Originally published at Reading RealityTwo Steps Forward, which begins as kind of the ultimate road trip journey of self-discovery and ends with a romance between two mature adults is absolutely charming from its beginning in Cluny, France to its ending in Santiago, Spain. It will remind readers of Eat, Pray, Love, but with a bit less self-indulgence.And so are all of the places, and most of the people, that Zoe and Martin meet along the way, whe...
  • Melanie
    2018-07-05
    This book is about two middle aged folks, Martin (British) and Zoe (American), who meet walking a pilgrimage trail called the Camino de Santiago from the town of Cluny, France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain--a three month trek. I had not heard of this pilgrimage before, and the authors did a brilliant job of bringing the Camino to life and taking the reader along on this journey. It is said that walking the Camino "changes you". Zoe's husband...
  • Wendy
    2018-06-25
    I read this because it was a Book Club selection by someone in my club that obviously hates me.I gave this 1 star but would give it 0 if I could.This is badly written. It is pedestrian, predictable and plodding (puns intended).I was NOT impressed with Simsion's ROSIE PROJECT and it seems his writing has gone downhill from there.Why, oh why do people who walk the Camino think they need to write a book about it to illuminate the rest of us on its t...