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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright

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 in years.

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.

I 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 needs.

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.

It's 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 

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