Miles to Go (Walk Series #2)

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Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, wakes one morning to find himself injured, alone, and confined to a hospital bed in Spokane, Washington. Sixteen days earlier, reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he planned to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. But a vicious roadside stabbing has interrupted Alan’s trek and robbed ...
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Overview

Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, wakes one morning to find himself injured, alone, and confined to a hospital bed in Spokane, Washington. Sixteen days earlier, reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he planned to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. But a vicious roadside stabbing has interrupted Alan’s trek and robbed him of his one source of solace: the ability to walk.

Homeless and facing months of difficult recovery, Alan has nowhere to turn—until a mysterious woman enters his life and invites him into her home. Generous and kind, Angel seems almost too good to be true, but all is not as it appears. Alan soon realizes that before he can return to his own journey, he must first help Angel with hers.

From one of America’s most beloved and bestselling storytellers comes an astonishing tale of life and death, love and second chances, and why sometimes the best way to heal your own suffering is by helping to heal someone else’s.

Inspiring, moving, and full of wisdom, Miles to Go picks up where the bestseller The Walk left off, continuing the unforgettable series about one man’s unrelenting search for hope.

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The tempo quickens in this second installment of a five novel series about an executive who vows to cross the country on foot after losing everything. Rendered here in a simulated journal, Alan Christoffersen's journey across America is as much a spiritual pilgrimage as it is a physical test. A faith-based fiction by the author of The Christmas Box, Grace, and Finding Noel.

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After Alan Christoffersen lost the life he made in Seattle (his wife, home, and career), he went on a walk. With this simple premise, Evans launched this life-affirming series, which has now sold over half a million copies. As the protagonist also reveals in Miles to Go, the intended destination, Key West, was chosen for being "simply the furthest point on the map" from his starting point. The second book begins with Christoffersen facing a major hurdle-after he is robbed and stabbed by several teenagers, he must learn how to walk again. Ultimately, a near-stranger takes him in until he heals. Evans has a gift for conveying emotion through fictional dialogue. Besides being a story of hope and redemption, Miles to Go is a stand-alone page turner which will certainly hook many people on Evans' series.
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Kirkus Reviews

Second in Evan's new series (The Walk, 2010, etc.) about an adman seeking redemption while going through several pairs of Nikes.

Alan Christoffersen, the author's peripatetic ad exec, who is mourning his late wife McKale as well as the loss of his burgeoning career in Seattle, has vowed to walk all the way to Key West. At the end of the first book, our hero suffered a near-fatal assault. The present installment finds him hospitalized in Spokane after surgery for severe abdominal stab wounds. His sole visitor is a woman named Angel, whose flat tire he fixed shortly before the attack. When he is discharged, Angel offers him a room in her apartment, which he accepts, realizing that physical and seasonal obstacles will stymie his wanderlust until spring. Soon he learns that Angel, a 911 dispatcher, is hiding something. Her elderly landlord Bill keeps turning up when she's not home, asking for "Nicole." Nicole has cancelled her cable and given Bill notice she's leaving the apartment.When Angel (admitting she's Nicole) confesses that due to tragedies in her life she's vowed to commit suicide after watching all 100 movies on the AFI's "world's greatest" list, Alan is able to share his secrets for self-healing. Soon the platonic pair have created an impromptu family, including Bill, a recent widower, that gathers for lovingly described holiday meals. But this idyll ends, as Alan must move on. Nicole will be fine thanks to Bill's bequest of $3.6 million. (Overwhelmed by her kindness, he altered his will shortly before his death on New Year's Eve.)Alan hits the road again, rescuing a runaway and calling attention to the problem of abused and neglected children aging out of foster care. In South Dakota, near mountain monuments to U.S. presidents and Chief Crazy Horse, the plot is once again left dangling from a precipice.

This leg of the Walk series is brisker and, thankfully, less didactic than the last.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611730678
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Series: Walk Series , #2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Paul Evans
Richard Paul Evans is the #1 bestselling author of The Christmas Box. Each of his more than twenty novels has been a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 17 million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Mothers Book Award, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, the German Audience Gold Award for Romance, three Religion Communicators Council Wilbur Awards, the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award, and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children. You can learn more about Richard on Facebook.com/RPEFans, or visit his website RichardPaulEvans.com.
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    1. Hometown:
      Salt Lake City, Utah
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 11, 1962
    2. Place of Birth:
      Salt Lake City, Utah
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Utah, 1984

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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.

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.

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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    My name is . . . Karen Christoffersen

    "You don't know me," but I am the amazingly privileged person to whom this book, Miles to Go, is dedicated. I never in a million years expected to have any book dedicated to me, much less one as good at this, but Richard has honored me and my family in so many ways. First by deciding to use my sweetheart's name as his main character in this series, and also by weaving a story so poignant, and so tender, that thousands, even hundreds of thousands of readers cannot wait for the next book. I have read Miles to Go and I can tell you that it is a book you will not put down until it is finished. It is a book that can change how you look at life, and show you how to make your life better. Nearly every page says something to me that is so profound I want to take notes, write a sentence down and put it on my fridge so I can be reminded of it every day. Yes, it is a sad story, a painful one, but so infused with hope that the feeling is tangible. We need hope. Perhaps this is why Richard's books are so popular. Hope. You will find it and so much more in Miles to Go. I can safely say that the real Alan Christoffersen would have loved it.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2011

    awesome

    Great Book. Just Ready for the next one.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    Love this author

    Richard Paul Evans is an excellent author weaving beautiful feel good stories with real life characters. This is one of my favorites of his.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    An excellent read

    Plans often get interrupted...instead of frustration, learn from the interruption, help others in the midst of your interruption, don't just fling people aside and claim you are too busy...also allow people to help you when life becomes too burdensome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    A good contiunuing story.

    The book has a good story to it, however, it is a bit too repetitive trying to allow the reader to remember what has already happened in the story. I have also read the first book in the series and do plan to read the last book in the series. It is a relaxing read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 2, 2012

    It shows us how to journey!

    After I read the first book in the series I couldn't wait to read the second one. I had the same reaction to this one, so went to the third one as soon as possible. On the surface this did not appear to be a journey I would take, but as I read on my own journey became clearer. The parts that continue to resonate with me were the inner workings in the characters portrayed; not the outer circumstances. All the books have given me insight into how I should treat people I meet. That would be all people as well as the people closest to me. The importance of being in the now is also stressed; the need to stop, look, and listen to those around us. I continue to be surprised at all the parallels to my own life and journey.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved MILES TO GO!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Brittney

    Im back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Loved this book #2

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Keeps getting better

    Trusting strangers to help you-one of the hardest things to do, but yet our main character has to do just that as does the stranger who offers him help. Together they learn from and lean on each other. As always, beautifully written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    Read the series

    Second of a series about a man who loses everything and sets off to walk from Seattle to Key West. Great story about not only his walk, but finding himself along the way. Read the first book in the series before this one, although you can pick up here but will miss a lot of the background story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Great, Great!!!

    Not to sure if I like these continuing books! but than it is a Richard Paul Evans and all of his books are worth the wait. As for this book very good.

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    highly recommended

    I wss hesitant to start the Walk series. After reading the first
    one, I couldn't stop reading them. I can hardly wait until
    the 4th in the series is published.
    I have read just about everything Richard Paul Evan's has written
    and must say, I have enjoyed all of his books. The Walk
    series is very special.
    Thanks
    lovestoread11

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    If you havent' ever read any of Richard Paul Evans, books you are missing out.

    I have read, everyone of his boooks and am never ever disapointed in any of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    The big problem with Richard Paul Evans "Walk Series" books is once you start them, you cannot wait until the next one becomes available. Extremely well written and interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    LOVE,LOVE!!

    Always happy to continue to read this Walk Series. I am getting ready to read #3. I just want to get to the end of this journey and see all the lessons learned along the walk. It was sad, funny, mysterious, pure and clean writting like all his books, just great!!. Love, Love .

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    I absolutely love Richard Paul Evans' books. He is an exceptiona

    I absolutely love Richard Paul Evans' books. He is an exceptional writer with a plethora of amazing stories to tell. This one is no exception!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Geat read

    Liked it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    A long journey

    I have enjoyed this series for the most part but its starting to become very 'fairytale-ish'. The depth of emotions or lack there of is starting to lose me. The character Alan is around all these lovely women & not 1 does he desire to soothe his overwhelming sadness? Was hoping for a bit more realistic stuff. But good series overall.

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  • Posted March 10, 2012

    After reading The Walk, I absolutely had to read this book. I wa

    After reading The Walk, I absolutely had to read this book. I was worried that it wouldn't be as exciting as the first book, but Richard Paul Evans does not disappoint in this book! The book has all kinds of twists and turns in learning about the characters and realistically tells Alan's journey on the road. It's a great read, I highly recommend.

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