Che Milan’s life is falling apart. Not only has her longtime lover abruptly dumped her, but her eccentric, demanding mother has recently died. When an urn of ashes arrives, along with a note reminding Che of a half-forgotten promise to take her mother to Canterbury, Che finds herself reluctantly undertaking a pilgrimage.
Within days she joins a group of women who are
walking the sixty miles from London to the shrine of Becket in
Canterbury Cathedral, reputed to be the site of miracles. In the best
Chaucer tradition, the women swap stories as they walk, each vying to
see who can best describe true love. Che, who is a perfectionist and
workaholic, loses her cell phone at the first stop and is forced to slow
down and really notice the world around her, perhaps for the first time
Through her adventures along the trail, Che finds
herself opening up to new possibilities in life and discovers that the
miracles of Canterbury can take surprising forms. @ goodreads
I would like to thank Galley books for an ARC of this book.
thought this was a great book about women taking a pilgrimage for many
different reasons. I love all of the characters of the book. Che is the
main character who decides to take this trip after her mom dies of
cancer and sends a message to Che with her ashes telling her to go to
Canterbury. She had wanted to make the trip with Che before she died,
but it didn't happen. Che's boyfriend Ned dumps her by snail mail for
another women, so Che decides getting away just might be something she
She goes with a tour group of women. She's not really
excited about it but she learns to like many of the women and finds
herself while she is on this walk.
Each woman tells a story
while they are walking to the Canterbury Cathedral. Some are just so
very sad. The two I love the most are Silvia's story, it's very
heartbreaking and touching. Steffi's story is extremely sad and makes me
just disgusted with people in this world. But her story has a happy
ending so that made me feel good.
Valerie's story is the saddest and Che can relate to her. The others were ok, but these three were the most touching.
a very beautiful book about women sharing stories, connecting with each
other, and some of them finding themselves and what they need. I think
it was very well written and I look forward to more of the author's
books. This is the second book I have read of hers and they are both
wonderful. 4 Stars