Review: The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook

The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook

The Wildwater Walking Club was a great summer read. It was light (for the most part) and fun, and I read it in two days. Since I’ve been counting my steps, I loved the daily step counts for each chapter. I was very impressed with Noreen’s ability to hit 10,000 steps almost every day. My record right now is only 5 days in a row. I also appreciated the company buyout job scenario that Noreen was in. I was able to relate give my current job situation. The occasional Victorian flower references were reminiscent of Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers (excellent book!) and added to the lavender farming subplot.

But the best part of the book was the instant friendships between Noreen, Tess, and Rosie. I loved that they became friends because of walking. I loved that two of them wear size 8.5 shoes since that’s my shoe size too! Their day to day conversations while walking were very natural and enjoyable to read. The highlight was reading about the planning for their girls weekend. It was just so fun! I wanted to be going with them.

There were a couple of odd plot points in the book: the Fresh Horizons career coaching methods, Tess’ obsession with Annalisa Gordon (a teacher in New Orleans), and the clothesline ban. But overall it was a decent read. It would be a good beach book. It’s just not something I’ll read again.

Rating: 3 Stars

This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.

The Wildwater Walking Club
Claire Cook
Fiction
Voice
April 20, 2010
Paperback
272

Just one step at a time.

After losing her boyfriend and her job in one fell swoop, Noreen finds it hard to know what the next step is--never mind take it. For the first time in a great many years, Noreen has time to herself. So she puts on a new pair of sneakers and a seriously outdated pair of exercise pants, and walks.

It isn't long before she's joined by neighbors Tess and Rosie, two women as lost as she is. As the Wildwater women walk and talk, and talk and walk, they tally their steps, share their secrets, and begin putting their lives back together. And along the way, they learn what women everywhere are finding out -- time flies, and getting fit is actually fun when you're walking with friends.

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