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The Wildwater Walking Club Paperback – February 19, 2015
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The lives of a suddenly jobless corporate executive, a teacher navigating a difficult relationship with her daughter and a young lavender farmer intertwine in Cook's straightforward novel. When a generous compensation package gives Noreen "Nora" Kelly-whose career defined her identity-18 months salary to forge a new path, she realizes she has little in common with her former work companions and strikes up a friendship with next-door neighbor Tess Tabares, who's struggling to connect with her college-bound daughter. The women begin taking daily walks and soon Rosemary "Rosie" Stockton, who owns her family's lavender farm, joins in. Despite their very different-yet all very prickly-personalities, the three women soon form a tight bond. With her easygoing style, Cook (Must Love Dogs) engages readers, drawing them into the daily lives of these new friends. Geographical inconsistencies-the novel is set in Massachusetts but has a distinctive Southern flair-may bother some readers but most will be satisfied with this breezy beach read.
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The rest of your life starts with one step. Noreen Kelly learns this the hard way when she takes a buyout offer at her small shoe company and wakes up the day after—jobless, dumped by her slick co-worker, and wondering who she is and what she wants. She becomes tentative friends with Tess and Rosie, and together the women form a walking club, each step bringing them closer together and closer to the life solutions they all seek. Cook creates likable female characters with realistic flaws. The plots are marked with Gilmore Girls–type dialogue and settings, utterly charming from beginning to end. There’s plenty of laughs, anger, sorrow, and rage to keep the story moving along at a breezy pace; and all the subplots involving the multigenerational characters and their kooky suburban antics are tied up nicely. There’s a little more edge here than in a typical “gentle” novel, but more softness than in an edgy “hen-lit” novel. Miss Julia would be proud to be friends with these women. --Stover Kaite Mediatore --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Wildwater Walking Club
By Claire Cook
In classic Claire Cook style, she has done it again. The reader can’t help but feel inspired after reading The Wildwater Walking Club. In her tell-tale style, Claire Cook has created a cast of characters that the reader will want to befriend. The theme of reinventing oneself at any age added to the importance of true friendship makes this story easy to step into and follow along the path of the characters.
Noreen “Nora” is an executive at a shoe corporation; her department specializes in branding and marketing. When the corporation is bought out by another, the incoming team vies with current employees for the positions available. Nora is seduced by a man who really wants her position and convinces her to take a buyout.
Nora suddenly has 18 months of pay with no job prospects and a ton of time on her hands. She takes a pair of the shoes she worked tirelessly to promote and puts them on. Wanting to get out to do something she starts walking and her neighbor, Tess Tabares, joins her on daily walking excursions. They share their troubles and offer solutions to each other, and then another neighbor, Rosemary "Rosie" Stockton joins in as well.
The story follows a trio of friendship that analyzes what is really important in their lives. They have an adventure across the country at a lavender festival that brings inspiration, relaxation and solutions to the problems awaiting them back home.
This is a great story of women uplifting each other amidst troubles that can make any disposition sour. After reading it, any woman would want to start a walking club to share in the joy that Nora achieves through her walking group.
At the end of the novel, Claire Cook has placed a Walking Group Guide to inspire others to “start a walking revolution-one step at a time!”
She also lists a Book Club Questions guide to spark the discussion of this wonderful story.
For more information about Claire Cook’s other books and lecturing schedule visit her website at: http://clairecook.com/
While Claire has once again brought together a read of wonderful women friendships, she also sneaks in a message about self-worth - and not finding your worth through a job, or through someone else s eyes - but through creating you... to be who you know you can be.
Laugh if you will," Brick said. "But your ability to tell the world who you are is the first step in figuring out what you want your life to be."
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And while the message at the time I read it didn't stick and hold, it did later as I read on and watched how Noreen, as well as her friends grew through the strength of each other.
Another enjoyable read by Claire Cook. My second of hers this summer and there is another one sitting in the Library Sale box that I may just have to pull out yet.