This time, I stop and my horse paws the ground; I dismount in preparation for a visit as if I were an invited guest from a century ago. The Robertson three live at the end of the dirt road that fronts my house. Bethel is the closest thing to woods in my neighborhood, where horses, alpacas, cows and dogs share the horizon with a mess of other critters.
In these parts of Wise County, Texas, critters are by definition all mammals worthy of shooting: skunks, armadillos, bunnies, jackrabbits and the occasional possum. While I keep the requisite. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near.
Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. But once sighted, I struggled to understand how the Robertsons could make a life so tucked away out here in the northern shards of Texas. But the Robertsons have maintained prominence in the Bethel community, established by early settlers—struggling ranchers and farmers—in the late s. No matter what he said, his search for me spoke louder. Chapter Thirty-five My father liked to drive at night and I slept for most of the ride home. I still remember the feel and smell of cold vinyl against my face. Somehow I woke in my own bed, the soft white sheets tucked in around me.
I miss that. Childhood is magical that way. Feb 18, Tiffany rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Feel-good stories.
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Shelves: I'm not a fan of his writing, but I wanted an uplifting book for the holidays. Reading it reminded me of why I'm not a fan of his writing. It should have been an uplifting book. It had all the parts of the formula: sad story, characters overcoming hard times, a happy ending. The problem was it had all the parts of the formula. All of his books follow the same formula and when I read them, I get bored. There are no surprises, no suspense, no mysteries.
I can't even cheer for the characters because they lack personalities. They are cookie cutter gingerbread people without any unique decorations. His writing is also bland. He likes to tell the story, rather than show us. This subtle change makes a huge difference to the reader. When I hear about the characters and what they feel, rather than experience it with them, they are removed from me. I am just the reader, rather than a part of their world. When I am part of their world, I care deeply about them and want to know what happens to them. Writers do this by showing us what they are going through, rather than just saying things like, "She was depressed.
I loved some of the quotes the characters said. They sounded like inspirational posters. The trouble was without an interesting character to connect the quotes in my mind, the quotes were easily forgotten. I also enjoyed the story on the Good Samaritan experiment. I was so intrigued by this story, I Googled the experiment to find out more. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to make me like the book. I didn't even feel like talking about the book when I was done, and you know how much I love talking about books I am reading.
It was an okay book, but like the characters, it will be easily forgotten. If you are looking for an inspirational read for the holidays, pick up a Mitch Albom book. His books will be ones you will not forget. Sep 19, Mj rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , richard-paul-evans , Easy read. Picked it up shortly after reading the first book in the series The Walk because I enjoyed it so much.
Jun 23, Ray rated it it was amazing Shelves: inspirational. I found the second book of this series as compelling and touching as the first. I think I have found an author that I am very inspired by. He writes a tale that is gripping, realistic, and emotional. I think if you haven't read anything by him, you should give it a try. It might not be your type of story, but I think you will be effected by the time you finish it. I am continuing my journey into the third book. Hope you are out there on road with me. May 01, Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: literature-fiction.
Book 3 will be released in April Alan Christoffersen, thirty-two-years old, is writing the second journal of his walk from a hospital bed. His plan to walk to Key West, Florida from Seattle, Washington was interrupted when he was mugged, stabbed, and left to die on the side of the road in Spokane, Washington. Sixteen weeks earlier, within a 5-week period, Alan lost his precious wife, McKale, his home, and his business. He decided to leave everything behind and go on a cross country journey, walking!
He chose to walk to Key West, Florida a 3, mile walk because it was the furthest point on his map. He is facing months of hard recovery and has nowhere to live until he meets a woman named, Angel, who is sitting beside his bed when he wakes up. Alan had previously lived in a 2 million dollar home, was a highly successful advertising executive, and was married to his gorgeous and beloved wife, McKale.
After his business went under and he lost everything, he had his assistant, Falene, liqudate office furniture and other items and deposit the money into a bank account to finance his walk. In order to survive, he just packed up and started his trek to Key West in order to survive. Come with me on this walk as we follow along with Alan for this is truly an unbelievable walk and he learns important life lessons from the people he meets, and leaves them with a bit of his own wisdom.
View all 6 comments. Jan 24, Cydnie rated it liked it Shelves: series. I'm not quite sure why I keep reading books by RPE I guess I keep hoping that I'll really like one eventually. Things I liked: 1 I love the character of Falene, a beautiful woman who is not swayed by the gawking men and does things because it's the right thing to do. Very distinct personalities, well written so that I could picture them. Angel seemed a bit bi-polar for a while, but then things were explained.
Things I didn't like: 1 His writing is okay, moments of wonderful phrases that make me say, "wow", followed by mundane. Really overused. The foreclosure on the home seemed really quick, where were all of the letters of warning? Had McKale hidden them from him? That wasn't explained. Page "I didn't even know her last name. Also, who says, "bottles of toothpaste"?
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That being said I guess I'll have to keep reading just to see if Alan gets to Key West. Thank goodness for library checkout and bookstore clearance tables. Apr 25, Wendi rated it really liked it. And so, with new friends, comfort and strength, Alan once again sets out for Key West, Florida. Yet his journey is far from over and it will take all the resilience he has to endure. May 24, Regina Spiker rated it it was amazing Shelves: journey , suicide , walk , accidents.
In this small novel Alan wakes up in a hospital in Spokane, Washington with three knife wounds to his stomach, inflicted by a gang. He has only walked of the 3, miles in his journey from Seattle to Key West, Florida. Alan has lost everything important in his life and walks, with only the bare necessities on his back, to get through the pain - well he did, until he was jumped by the gang outside Spokane. Now, lying in a hospital bed regaining his strength, Alan wonders how he will get through the day, let alone the upcoming months of recuperation.
A good samaritan, by the name of Angel, offers to take him home and care for him until he's back on his feet and able to travel again. Can Angel and Alan help each other heal from their own personal tragedies? My 18 year old daughter read the first in this emotional series and eagerly awaited Miles to Go. Two nights of staying up until 3am and it was finished - she said she couldn't put it down. May 14, Barb rated it really liked it. This is book 2 in a 5 part Walk series by the author. I liked this enough that I am going back to read the first one and am on the library waiting list for the other 3.
It is a reflective, thoughtful and inspirational read. As a quote in the book said "We plan our lives in long, unbroken stretches that intersect our dreams the way highways connect the city dots on a road map. But in the end we learn that life is lived in the side roads, alleys, and detours. Jun 05, Sue Klasing rated it really liked it Shelves: book-2 , richard-paul-evans , audio , the-walk-series , inspirational. I like this author and always enjoy his writing, this book definitely sets the stage for a very long series. May 23, Heather added it Shelves: whitney-award-finalist.
Another Richard Paul Evans classic. The continuation of Alan's journey as he walks across the nation to find healing after his wife's death. Jun 13, Vannetta Chapman rated it it was amazing.
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Another very well done book. I'm hooked on this series! Feb 27, Kourtney Dennis rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book will make you question your purpose on earth. Overall this is a great book. Richard Paul Evans wrote this book describing what it was like after losing his wife, home, and cars. He had nothing, so he decided to walk. Miles to Go is the second book in the series. When you first start reading you notice that Alan Christopherson is in the hospital with 3 scars on his abdomen. He had been in a violent accident.
Whenever he woke he saw that the lady he had helped a few miles back was at his bedside. Her name was Angel. The hospital had called her.
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She was the only contact Alan had on him. This is because he had helped her a few days ago and Angel had given him her card. Through all the recovering at the hospital, Angel had stayed by Alans side. Why was she being so caring for a man she knew nothing about? Her generousness went to the next level when she told Alan that he could stay with her, until he was fully recovered and could walk again. You're welcome to stay with me.
I've already moved some things around in my apartment He took up this offer only because he needed the help and had nowhere to stay. For the next 5 months Alan and Angel grew incredibly close. You would think they were a thing. The love between the two of them bloomed into something unimaginable. Then, the day came when Alan could walk alone for miles and not feel any pain. He decided to leave the next morning. He loved her, but he loved his wife more. How can I stay here with Angel when I'm still madly in love with Mckale?
I need to keep walking.
I need to reach my destination" Evans He had remembered why he started walking and why he must finish. He needed to heal completely. He still had 2, more miles to go. He wanted to reach Key West more than anything. He was ready to stop hurting and let her go. Sep 15, HereAndNow rated it liked it. I really like the first book but this book, even though it is fiction, is a little bit 'too much' with all the troubled people he meets on his walk. It just seems to unrealistic. And some parts of the book feel too rushed while others are too long and too elaborated.
I will eventually continue reading this series because this book ended with another cliffhanger and I want to know how it all ends. I just don't know when I will start with book 3. View 1 comment. Aug 05, Dawn Livingston rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-favorites , worth-owning. Loved this book. Just all around good book from the writing to the story to the characters. I'm kind of bummed though that I didn't realize this was the 2nd in a series. I like to start with the first. Oh well, it was well worth reading, it's worth buying I think and I'm off to track down the first in the series.
I think there are at least 4 in the series. Jan 27, Tonya rated it it was amazing. If I could put six stars I would. Loved this book and the journey it takes you on. Definitely hooked. Jun 02, Tina rated it really liked it. Second book in the series and again love the writing of Richard Paul Evans.
Never want to put down the book and keeps me just wanting to sit and read forever! Great story line and love each character. Since a new character was introduced at the end Love his writing! Apr 10, banah alrowaili rated it really liked it. Jan 12, Kathy Robbins rated it it was amazing. I've decided that any book that makes me cry deserves 5 stars. Can't wait to continue reading the series. Jul 10, Tim Chavel rated it it was amazing. Richard Paul Evans continues his wonderful Walk series in book 2.
This book is so enjoyable. Once you start reading it you do not want to put it down. The stories seem so real to life. The characters make you want to love them. I have included several quotes and I understand the quotes from this book will not do them justice until you read them in the book and see them in context. But, the quotes are to good to be left out of my blog.
So here they are: We plan our lives in long, unbroken stretche Richard Paul Evans continues his wonderful Walk series in book 2. So here they are: We plan our lives in long, unbroken stretches that intersect our dreams the way highways connect the city dots on a road map. We do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
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Affectus, qui passio est, desinit esse passio simulatque eius claram et distinctam formamus ideam. Psychologists tested the story of the Good Samaritan. What they learned gives us reason to pause. The greatest determinant of who stopped to help the stranger in need was not compassion, morality, or religious creed. It was those who had the time.
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Makes me wonder if I have time to do good. There are people who come into our lives as welcome a a cool breeze in summer — and last about as long. We humans are born egocentric. Growing up means putting aside our egocentricity for truth. Still, some people cling to this childish mind-set.
In doing so they make fools and false gods of themselves. The first step of a journey is always the longest. There can be no joy without gratitude. Developing a friendship is like feeding squirrels at the park. There are two kinds of people. Those who climb mountains and those who sit in the shadow of the mountains and critique the climbers. When a man loses his vision of the future he dies. Old friends are memories personified.
There are two kinds of suffering in this life. That which pursues us and that which we doggedly pursue. Everyone has problems. Some people choose to be whiners some choose to be winners. Some choose to be victims some choose to be victors. There are times when the great Cosmic Architect gives us brief glimpses of the blueprint so we can do our part.
Some men see mountains as obstacles. Others as a canvas. We are all in motion. Those who are not climbing toward something are descending toward nothing.
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