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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463768273
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463768270
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 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: #3,905,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 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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Hillwalking had the same pace of unfolding as the sensation one gets when walking through a landscape and making small discoveries along the way about what you see,hear, and smell. I really liked the way these colorful women who had nothing in common, came together to do something as simple as walking, and ultimately they expanded and gave dimension to each others existence.I took a philosophical pause, contemplating about simple choices in our actions that we take for granted, yet they can change us forever.The references to north carolina(where I live) were somewhat unusual for me to read about.It gave me a strange familiarity that I have never experienced as the audience. I am a slow reader, but I read the book in two nights..which I considered a nice treat! I look forward to her next book which is coming out soon.
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I really enjoyed Hillwalking. As an English major and aspiring author, I was awed by the poetic quality of the prose. Unique and vivid metaphors filled the pages, such as "Crones without canes," describing aged, leaning headstones. I must have highlighted forty different passages on my Kindle. I learned a tremendous amount as well, not having been to Ireland or exposed to this depth of its religious, cultural and architectural history. The weaving of the character's relationships, struggles, and epiphanies with their journeys across Ireland's hills was original and effective.
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By Randy on April 28, 2012
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Katy has done a great job developing the characters and the scenes in Ireland and North Carolina. Her development of the relationships of Heather to her friends and others (do not want to give anything away) was terrific. Just when you had a question about a character or a situation, Katy took you back in time to help explain the background to the sitation. You will get to know the people and there are surprising twists. It is hard to put this one down once you start. It was a very enjoyable read.
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