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Strangers and Pilgrims [Kindle Edition]

Vivienne Tuffnell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"My heart is broken and I am dying inside."

Six unconnected strangers type these words into an internet search engine and start the journey of a lifetime. Directed to The House of the Wellspring website, each begins a conversation with the mysterious warden, to discover whether the waters of the Wellspring, a source of powerful healing, can heal their unbearable hurts.

A journey of self discovery and healing awaits them, but will the Warden grant them their wish? Invited to spend some days at the House of the Wellspring each of the strangers comes with the hope of coming away whole again.

But where is the Warden they all longed to meet and where is the Wellspring they all came to find?

(Revised and updated with a new acknowledgement page)

Product Details

  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1445241188
  • Publisher: Beehive Books UK; 2nd edition edition (June 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054D3DVQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars we're all strangers & pilgrims June 15, 2010
By Barb
Six characters with different traumas/heartbreaks type the same sentence in a web search and end up accepted for a retreat at the House of the Wellspring, hosted by a mysterious Warden who never shows up - or does s/he? Six stories of self-healing through creating a relationship with another suffering human being in the era of Google and other web-crawlers.
I was very touched by all the stories (I have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks even if not at their level) and loved the way the author matched the "illnesses". I won't spoil the fun for whoever would like to read this book, that I recommend even if you've never been depressed, or heartbroken, before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars undeniably inspirational January 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not one for writing reviews mostly because I'm just not good at it. In this case, I read the book initially because I noticed a review for one of my own novels by this author and decided to pick up hers. I discovered i really enjoyed her writing style, and I struggled for a long while as to whether I should review the book because I wanted to avoid looking like I was just swapping.

I offer that disclaimer in the spirit of transparency, but the book really needs none.

This story was so inspirational to me. I read it quickly during a few summer days after I first bought it and then opened it up again a few months later because I needed a pick-me-up. For me to read a book twice at all is saying something.--twice in a few months when I have a huge TBR already sitting on my Kindle is quite another.

Ms. Tuffnell's skills lean toward the literary, and while it's not a "Christian" book, it is undeniably inspirational. I felt rejuvenated, much like the characters themselves did by the end.

I won't go into the summary, as it's listed in the blurb and in other reviews. I just wanted to write about how much this novel touched me. Though driven from a point of pain and darkness, the light is very present in this story--so much so that it almost becomes another, periphery, character. It's the yin/yang of despair and enlightenment and it's delivered in a manner that begs the reader to continue.

I cared about these characters, and that matters to me in a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlighting, emotional and enjoyable February 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked up this book on Nook first & I love it!

The incredible story is written in a way anyone can identify with the characters. Ms Tuffnell has a way of making the pages feel like you're talking to a dear friend. You're learning about the lives of the characters as if you are a part of the story. Each shift, each person feels alive within the pages. Each personal triumph a character experiences you find yourself (or at least I found myself) as delighted and proud as the characters themselves.

Few authors create such an easy read that lingers in your mind long after you've put it down. Thank you Ms Tuffnell for sharing such a warm heart and this incredible creation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!! March 15, 2010
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Being a reader for as many years as I have it's refreshing to come across such a well written story that's also entertaining and enlightning. Filled with wonderful characters and great visual as you read, I would deffinatly reccomend it! Nancy Pike, Fl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystical and healing February 13, 2013
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This is a book that follows interesting characters who have all reached a crisis point in their life. Through mutual sharing and eventual trust building between the characters, all are able to come to terms with their individual life crisis, as well as finding a way to move forward in life. Each character has an interesting story and profile, The characters are very likable yet not one dimensional--they each have their dark sides as well as a whole that conveys courage and a desire for wholeness.
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More About the Author

My Twitter bio said writer, poet, explorer and mystic and that probably says it all quite neatly.
I've written stories my whole life, even before I could actually read. My father mistakenly allowed me to use his typewriter from an early age and I was hooked. I'm not sure the typewriter survived very long having me bash out strings of letters in the belief that what I had in my head would magically transform into words others can read. I've got better at that.
I write novels, short stories and poetry, and I also blog at


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