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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463768273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463768270
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,021,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ridnouer's debut novel relates the gentle spiritual journey undertaken by three American women living in Dublin.  At heart this novel is a spiritual quest, with portents, metaphor and prodigious symbolism.  A story as observant and thoughtful as the lives of Irish monks; rewarding for contemplative readers." -Kirkus Reviews

"Hillwalking is well written, emotionally involving, gently educational, spiritually accurate, and please excuse me but I feel like going for a walk now. Five stars."  -Self-Publishing Review

About the Author

Katy Ridnouer was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina and lived there for eighteen brief months. She returned to her birth state after ten moves with her military family and marriage to her high school sweetheart. In 2007, she and her family moved to Ireland. Although her husband's ancestors were from Ireland, it was she who fell under the spell of the Irish life. Katy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Education degree at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is the author of two books for teachers: Managing Your Classroom with Heart and Everyday Engagement. Katy wrote Hillwalking for all of us finding our way; it is her first novel. She currently teaches Developmental English at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoys creating a life there with her husband and three boys.

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Katy Ridnouer was born in Goldsboro, North Carolina and lived there for eighteen brief months. She returned to her birth state after ten moves with her military family and marriage to her high school sweetheart. In 2007, she and her family moved to Ireland. Although her husband's ancestors were from Ireland, it was she who fell under the spell of the Irish life.

Katy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Education degree at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is the author of two books for teachers: Managing Your Classroom with Heart and Everyday Engagement. Katy wrote Hillwalking for all of us finding our way; it is her first novel. She currently teaches Developmental English at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoys creating a life there with her husband and three boys.

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I look forward to more fiction from this gifted writer!
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Every person is allowed their religious beliefs, but this certainly would most likely be found in a Christian bookstore.
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I am a slow reader, but I read the book in two nights..which I considered a nice treat!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Petricoff on February 8, 2012
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I loved the beautiful descriptions of the Irish countryside! In fact, I want to go hillwalking with this gang of wonderful women. Thought provoking, funny and engaging...this book is a true page turner. I couldn't wait to find out where the paths of their lives would lead. It provoked a lot of great discussion in my book club about the choices we make in life. READ IT!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nom de plume on November 10, 2012
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Very disappointed in this book. I'm suspicious of the 5 star reviews. It should be explained that this is very much a Christian story telling of the good in the Christian religion, Jesus, prayer. I was quite startled that this was not disclosed. Further, I did not see this book as well-written. I stopped reading my Kindle at 35%. I'm glad I didn't waste more money on this. Every person is allowed their religious beliefs, but this certainly would most likely be found in a Christian bookstore. Should have been advertised as such.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marion on January 27, 2012
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I couldn't believe this was Ridnouer's first novel. Hillwalking transports you to modern day Ireland, and into the lives of three down-to-earth, yet remarkably resilient women. Their friendship may inspire you to start your own hillwalking group, and their reponses to personal challenges will lift your spirits. I look forward to more fiction from this gifted writer!
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This is an odd mixture of new age ideas, old pagan ideas and Christianity. It is well written and flows nicely through the chapters but as a Christian I found the religious ideas a bit of a puzzle. They make perfect sense in the context they are written. The path some of the women find isn't what you'd expect.
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The good: I liked the three women who are the lead characters in this book. I could identify with their problems and their hopes. There is a strong Christian element in the book and, although I don't search out Christian-oriented fiction, it gives the book a positive, uplifting spin. Combined with characters who grow and develop over the course of the book, it makes this a warm reading experience for the holidays.

What could be better: There are enough grammatical errors to warrant another pair of eyes taking a look at the book. Ms. Ridenour is a good writer, so I think these are just errors that she missed as she made revisions, the kind of errors that someone else would catch, but the author would miss. I also had trouble visualizing some of the architectural detail of the churches at Glendalough, where much of the story takes place. The author is probably very familiar with Glendalough and didn't realize that she was not giving a reader who has never been there enough information to "see" what her characters were seeing. Although I like the book, these are things that occasionally sent me back to reread sentences to parse through the grammatical errors, to reread descriptive paragraphs to see if I could better understand what she was describing. The book loses one star because of these problems. It gains one star over these problems because the characters and their situations are so interesting.
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