THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB WAS A VERY LIGHT READ ABOUT NOREEN AND TWO OF HER NEIGHBORS WHO COME TOGETHER FOR A WALK EACH MORNING. THEIR WALK TAKES ON MEANING AS THEY BEGIN TO TALLY UP THEIR STEPS WITH THE REWARD OF A TRIP WHEN THEY REACH THEIR GOAL. THEIR TRIP LEADS THEM TO SEATTLE TO A LAVENDER FESTIVAL BUT THEY DECIDED THEY RATHER ENJOYED WINE TASTING TOURS BETTER. THERE ARE LITTLE SIDE STORIES ABOUT NOREEN’S MOTHER, HER CAREER COACHING CLASSES, AND A CLOTHESLINE CONTROVERSY BUT THE BOOK JUST DOESN’T AMOUNT TO MUCH – I GUESS IT BASICALLY BOILS DOWN TO: IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO SOMETHING YOU CAN REACH YOUR GOALS. A LITTLE TOO LIGHT AND AIRY FOR MY TASTE.
Just put one foot in front of the other. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But when Noreen Kelly takes a buyout from her job of eighteen years and gets dumped by her boyfriend in one fell swoop, she finds it hard to know what that next step is—never mind take it. At first Noreen thinks maybe her redundancy package could be an opportunity, a chance to figure out what to do with the rest of her life while her company foots the bill. Sure, she may have gotten high to “Witchy Woman” and grooved to “Sweet Baby James” back when James Taylor had hair, but she isn’t ready for her AARP card. Not yet.
But it’s the first time in a great many years that Noreen has time to herself—and she has no idea what to do with it. When she realizes that she’s mistaken her resume for her personality, Noreen knows that she has to get moving, so she puts on a new pair of sneakers and a seriously outdated pair of exercise pants, and walks. She doesn’t get very far at first—just to the end of her street, Wildwater Way—but she perseveres, and when she’s joined by her neighbors Tess and Rosie, Noreen realizes that walking is not an extreme sport. It can actually be fun.
As the Wildwater women walk and talk, and talk and walk, they tally their steps, share their secrets, and learn what women everywhere are finding out—that time flies and getting fit is actually fun when you’re walking with friends. Throw in a road trip to Seattle for a lavender festival, a career-coaching group that looks like a bad sequel to The Breakfast Club, a clothesline controversy that could only happen in the ‘burbs, plenty of romantic twists and turns, and a quirky multigenerational cast of supporting characters, and the result is an experience
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