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Product Details

  • Series: The Walk (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476718636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476718637
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than twenty novels has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, and there are more than seventeen million copies of his books in print. His books have been translated into more than twenty-four languages and several have been international bestsellers. He is the winner of the American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards for his children’s books, and the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award. Evans received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award for his work helping abused children. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children.

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Miles to Go

CHAPTER

Two


I’ve gone from a schedule of hours and minutes to not being able to tell you what day of the month it is.

Alan Christoffersen’s diary

My second night in the hospital was rough. I was wet and hot with fever and somewhere in the night I started coughing. Each expulsion felt like another blade plunging into my stomach. The nurse checked my bandages, then told me not to cough, which wasn’t at all helpful. In spite of the medications they gave me to help me sleep, for most of the night I just lay there, lonely and aching. I wanted McKale more than life. Definitely more than life. Of course, if she were with me, I wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place. Exhaustion finally overcame me and I fell asleep around 4 or 5 A.M.

The next day I woke to a young nurse walking around my bed looking at monitors and writing on a clipboard. Since I’d been admitted to the hospital, a bevy of nurses and doctors had been swarming around me in my delirium, flashing in and out of my consciousness like dancers in a music video. But I didn’t remember any of them. This was the first nurse I was cognizant of. She was small, petite, and barely the height of a floor lamp. I watched her for a few minutes then said, “Morning.”

She looked up from her clipboard. “Good afternoon.”

“What time is it?” I asked. It was kind of a funny question since I didn’t even know what day, or week, it was. The last two weeks had run together like eggs in a blender.

“It’s almost twelve-thirty,” she said, then added, “Friday.”

Friday. I had left Seattle on a Friday. I’d been gone for just fourteen days. Fourteen days and a lifetime.

“What’s your name?”

“I’m Norma,” she said. “Are you hungry?”

“How about an Egg McMuffin?” I said.

She grinned. “Not unless you can find one made of Jell-O. How about some pudding? The butterscotch is edible.”

“Butterscotch pudding for breakfast?”

“Lunch,” she corrected. “Also, in a couple hours we’re sending you in for a CT scan.”

“When can I take the catheter out?”

“When you can walk to the bathroom on your own—which we’ll attempt after we get the results back from your scan. Are you claustrophobic?”

“No.”

“Sometimes people get claustrophobic in the scanner. I can give you something for anxiety if you are. A Valium.”

“I don’t need anything,” I said. I didn’t care about the scan; I wanted the catheter out of me. In the haze of the last forty-eight hours, I vaguely remembered pulling the catheter out and making a real mess of things.

I had two good reasons for wanting it out; first, because it hurt. No one should stick anything up that part of the male anatomy. Second, an infection from a catheter is what killed my wife. The sooner the thing was out, the better.

A hospital orderly, a husky young freckled man wearing bright purple scrubs, came for me around two in the afternoon. He unhooked some wires and tubes from my body, then wheeled my entire bed down the linoleum corridor to radiology. I didn’t know it was my second visit until the technician operating the equipment said, “Welcome back.”

“Have I been here before?”

“You were out the first time,” she replied.

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The scan was tedious, surprisingly loud, and took about an hour. When it was through, the orderly wheeled me back to my room and I fell asleep. When I woke, Angel was back.


More About the Author

Richard Paul Evans
When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended on becoming an internationally known author.

Officially, he was an advertising executive, an award-winning clay animator for the American and Japanese markets, candidate for state legislature and most importantly, husband and father. The Christmas Box was written as an expression of love for his (then) two daughters. Though he often told them how much he loved them, he wanted to express his love in a way that would be timeless. In 1993, Evans reproduced 20 copies of the final story and gave them to his closest relatives and friends as Christmas presents. In the month following, those 20 copies were passed around more than 160 times, and soon word spread so widely that bookstores began calling his home with orders for it.

His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became simultaneously the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation. Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. The Emmy award-winning CBS television movie based on The Christmas Box starred Maureen O'Hara and Richard Thomas. Two more of Evans's books were produced by Hallmark and starred such well-known actors as James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave, Naomi Watts, Mary McDonough and Academy award winner Ellen Burstyn. He has since written 10 consecutive New York Times bestsellers and is one of the few authors in history to have hit both the fiction and non-fiction bestseller lists. He has won three awards for his children's books including the 1998 American Mothers book award and two first place Storytelling World awards. Evans's latest book, The 5 Lessons a Millionaire Taught Me About Life and Wealth, is now available.

Of his success, Evans says: "The material achievements of The Christmas Box will never convey its true success, the lives it has changed, the families brought closer together, the mothers and fathers who suddenly understand the pricelessness of their children's fleeting childhood. I share the message of this book with you in hopes that in some way, you might be, as I was, enlightened."

During the Spring of 1997, Evans founded The Christmas Box House International, an organization devoted to building shelters and providing services for abused and neglected children. Such shelters are operational in Moab, Vernal, Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah and Lucre, Peru. To date, more than 16,000 children have been housed in Christmas Box House facilities.

As an acclaimed speaker, Evans has shared the podium with such notable personalities as President George W. Bush, President George and Barbara Bush, former British Prime Minister John Majors, Ron Howard, Elizabeth Dole, Deepak Chopra, Steve Allen, and Bob Hope. Evans has been featured on the Today show and Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Time, Newsweek, People, The New York Times, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, USA Today, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, and Family Circle. Evans lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A reader from NC on April 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I read The Walk a year ago and died when it ended in a cliff hanger. It is always frustrating when you have to wait for "the rest of the story." But when Miles To Go went on sale I was so excited from the anticipation that I didn't mind the cliff hanger nearly as much as before. And the new book did not disappoint me. It was really the first time I have ever read a novel where I wanted to take notes and write down the great lines. Getting to know Alan Christoffersen better has been a treat and the new people in his life are rich and wonderful. Now I am waiting for April 2012 for the next installment. I'm just as anxious but I know the wait will be worth it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Carol Pincus on April 11, 2011
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This is a very special book. It continues the story of the walk. There is a surprise and inspiration around every corner. I rarely would want to read a book again but I think I will read this one again
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on April 11, 2011
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"Miles to Go", the second book in "The Walk" series, is a fascinating, emotional book from beginning to end. I could not put the book down and read it in one day! You will relate to Al's captivating journey someway in your personal life. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Black Hills Gal on April 9, 2011
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I enjoyed book two in this series even more than the first book. I could't put the book down till I was finished and I am already awaiting next years book and wish I could read it tomorrow and hate to wait a whole year. His walk is a most interesting life story and he meets some real great people. It's a wonderful book about grief sadness and going on with life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Koujo666 on April 10, 2012
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This author took a great story and broke it up into too many segments. He's rationing out 200-300 pages at a time do people can pay $13 for each little segment. I don't care enough about the end to keep getting strung along. This one wasn't as interesting as the walk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joanne Harris VINE VOICE on April 13, 2011
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Although, I have to disagree with others that this one was better than the first I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel in the Walk series. Looking forward to next April!
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I thought this was an outstanding follow-up to The Walk, the first book in this new series by Richard Paul Evans. I enjoyed "The Walk" very much but "Miles To Go" truly captivated me. I felt that it was even better than the first - better character development, more fully explained plot. The pieces just really tied together well. Whereas "The Walk" was an appetizer, this book is truly a stick-to-your-bones main course.

I love Falene, Nicole, Bill, Kailamai. I like all the back stories and how everything tied together. Again, I can hardly wait until the next installment. Keep healing yourself and helping others, Alan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Glad on April 8, 2011
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Miles to Go did not disappoint me starting with the beautiful cover! I loved being on this fun, emotional and exciting journey with Alan. I am glad there are more books to come in The Walk series. Another one of Richard Paul Evan's finest writings.
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