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
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
GenreFiction, Romance, Travel

Reviews Two Steps Forward

  • Phrynne
    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...
  • Producervan in Sedona, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.
    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...
  • Marianne
    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
    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
    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...
  • Lisa
    [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...
  • Text Publishing
    ‘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...
  • Elaine
    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...
  • Kat
    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...
  • Sharon Jarvis
    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
    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
    **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
    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.
  • Karen Carter
    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...
  • Cass Moriarty
    Two Steps Forward (Text Publishing 2017) is a novel co-written by Graeme Simsion (of The Rosie Project fame) and his partner, Anne Buist. The structure is a simultaneous narrative, both told in first person: one chapter from the perspective of Zoe and alternating chapters from the viewpoint of Martin. In this way we are shown two – sometimes very different – takes on the same events. Martin is an engineer from Yorkshire in England; Zoe is an ...
  • Amy Jasper
    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 ...
  • Agi
    When I started reading this book I was a little surprised because, to be honest, I knew it's going to be about walking, but I haven't supposed that it's going to be that much about walking. There were really moments that I felt frustrated and the story felt very slow as it mostly focused on the way, on counting the kilometres, on spotting the right sign and I really thought for a moment that maybe Graeme Simsion has turned into non - fiction. But...
  • Verushka
    What is this about?: It’s a funny, heartfelt tale about finding yourself and your plus-one in the most unexpected place. Truth is, Zoe and Martin are separate for most of this book, but that’s because they each have their own baggage and their own issues to deal with before they can be together. And the authors aren't rushing to the ending when the journey there is far more important. What else is this about?: You know what, it’s about lea...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on This is definitely a very different book than The Rosie Project (which I loved); though it still focuses on slightly older characters, this time the novel tells the story of two people who meet whilst walking from France to Spain and the 'rocky road' (sorry) that is ahead of them. Though it's entertaining in its own way, it's not as funny as The Rosie Project and definitely has a more serious tone - I found it ...
  • Jenny
    Absolute enjoyment in every page, what a delightful read, a cleverly constructed and blended novel written by Graeme Simsion and Anna Buist. Walking the Camino has become a popular goal for many, it continues to gather people from all over the world who seek it out for their own personal pilgrimage. The reasons why people are drawn to it and complete it are many, the authors have walked it twice which of course gives this fictional story authenti...
  • Beadyjan
    A sweet romantic read perfect for summer and great for readers who dream of doing a long walk or pilgrimage.
  • Catherine
    This charming book could be twice as long. So delightful and real and beautiful.
  • Linda Hill
    Zoe and Martin have very different reasons for beginning the walk to Santiago de Compostela, but their paths might just overlap.I’m not usually overly fond of narratives structures that alternate from one protagonist to another but I thoroughly enjoyed Two Steps Forward. It was everything I hoped it would be from Graeme Simsion and his wife, Anne Buist. The structure is perfect as the two ‘steps’ or threads of the story reflect the rhythm o...
  • Fabulous Book Fiend
    This book brings to mind a cross between Wild and When Harry Met Sally. The fact that this is written by two authors, two authors who are married really intrigued me to begin with, and the fact that this is already well on the way to becoming a film also makes me see it in a different light. Altogether this was a very different reading experience but a pleasurable one nonetheless!This is dual narrative and I actually bought this one and listened ...
  • Jo
    What an absolute treat this book was to read. I loved every page. It was a travel journal, history guide, epic adventure and romantic journey all rolled into one, with huge doses of humour.Two Steps Forward is told from the alternating points of view of Zoe and Martin, with each chapter being labelled with the narrator's name, so I never became confused as to who I was reading about. To be honest, each voice was very distinctive, so I knew who wa...
  • Maddie
    This book was a great read. I found it hard to put down At first I found the alternating chapters and withholding of information about the characters' past made it hard to follow, but after setting aside some time to knock out a fair chunk of reading it was fine. I did really enjoy the alternating chapters in the end. The language used in the book makes it really easy to visualise the characters' journey as they walk along the Camino. The imagery...
  • MisterHobgoblin
    Two Steps Forward is an interesting concept: a novel written by two authors in alternating chapters. The two narrative streams follow two walkers along the Camino Frances pilgrim trail through France and Spain. Martin Eden, an Englishman, has recently lost his wife, his house, his job and his money. He is a stubborn man who is quite prepared to cut off his own nose to spite his face, seeking to walk the 2038 km of the pilgrimage to prove the dura...
  • Tara Russell
    It's inevitable to bring expectations to a book, especially when one of the author's previous titles is The Rosie Project, which I loved. Two Steps Forward sounded intriguing, especially given the setting of the Camino. My mother and aunt walked part of the Camino a few years ago and talked a lot about it so I was interested in a different perspective. Two individuals, Zoe and Martin, set off from Cluny in France. Both have different reasons for ...