The Wildwater Walking Club

The Wildwater Walking Club

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by Claire Cook
     
 

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Walking Group Guide and Book Club Questions included!
A fun and inspiring novel about women and friendship-and how even big changes happen one step at a time!
Join Noreen, Tess and Rosie as they walk and talk, talk and walk, tally their steps, share their secrets, and begin putting their lives back together. You'll be lacing up your own sneakers in no time!See more details below

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Walking Group Guide and Book Club Questions included!
A fun and inspiring novel about women and friendship-and how even big changes happen one step at a time!
Join Noreen, Tess and Rosie as they walk and talk, talk and walk, tally their steps, share their secrets, and begin putting their lives back together. You'll be lacing up your own sneakers in no time!
"Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs) has built a brand writing light-hearted women's fiction blending kernels of the absurd and comedic in compulsively readable combinations."-Shelf Awareness
"Lively and inspiring!"-Hartford Courant
"A great feel-good story."-Philadelphia Examiner
After losing her boyfriend and her job in one fell swoop, Noreen has no idea what her next step is. So she puts on a new pair of sneakers and a seriously outdated pair of exercise pants, and walks. Before long she's joined by two neighbors as lost as she is and figures out time flies and fitness 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, some terrific romantic comedy twists and turns, a quirky multigenerational cast of supporting characters, and the result is a tribute to female friendship that will inspire you to pick up the phone and call all your old friends-or maybe even start your own walking group.

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Editorial Reviews

Anisha Lakhani
"The Wildwater Walking Club reminds of us what's important in life--the joy of friendship, the power of a brisk walk, and of course the importance of a good book. This exhilarating novel made me want to call my friends and lace up my shoes. I couldn't put it down."
Publishers Weekly
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 Hartford Courant
Here the book braids its themes: a paean to walking, a primer on lavender (recipes included), a celebration of friendship, a salute to finding oneself in order to move forward, and a nudge toward living the green life. Happily, none of it gets preachy or spoils the enjoyment of Noreen's adventures.

Wearing pedometers and striving for 10,000 steps a day, the trio soon plan a trip, one that is lavender-scented and energizing. Then Noreen's mother, Lois, arrives unannounced for a visit, and the Kelly women begin opening up to each other.

Lois has made some life turns, too: She now calls herself Lo, has a drawer full of sexy lingerie and is all too happy to make the acquaintance of Rosie's widower dad. Meanwhile, testy Tess and sullen Hannah still can't make peace.

Noreen, of course, has a score to settle with Michael, and she also takes a few hesitant steps toward Rick, a fellow career-coaching client who's also redefining his life.

Cook knits it all up with a practiced hand, keeping the women's conversations, which are the delightful core of the book, bright and brassy. Their message? You need to walk the walk and talk the talk to make meaningful changes in your life.

—Carole Goldberg
Kirkus Reviews
Unremarkable sixth novel from Cook (Summer Blowout, 2008, etc.), who seems to specialize in stories of middle-aged women crossing the sandpits that are their lives. Noreen Kelly-mid-40s, single, childless, the owner of a perfectly decent house on the Massachusetts shore-has decided to take the buyout that Balancing Act Shoes is offering her. Eighteen months of salary and some career counseling sound pretty sweet, except now Noreen feels not just her job but her whole life is a little redundant. On a whim she buys a load of walking shoes with her employee discount, and soon she finds a walking partner in her neighbor Tess. Strangers until now (but for a brief conversation on the benefits of line-drying clothes), the two meander up to the big house on the hill and, with its owner Rosie, immediately organize the Wildwater Walking Club. Wearing Noreen's discounted sneakers and pedometers, they surpass 10,000 steps every morning on their beach walk as they air their grievances: teenage daughters (Tess); an overfull plate of responsibilities (Rosie); the general sense of displacement (Noreen). Life-coaching courses have helped Noreen realize that her identity has been too defined by her corporate title. She needs to get a life, and maybe a boyfriend too, in the form of Rick, a fellow traveler in the world of recent unemployment. Meanwhile, the Wildwater Walking Club decides to treat itself to a little vacation. After much bickering, its three members decide on a lavender festival in Washington. A few subplots round out the story: Noreen's mother comes for a visit and falls for Rosie's dashing widowed dad; Tess and Noreen become involved in a right-to-air-dry movement; all three women follow theprogress of a New Orleans teacher battling cancer who's struck up an e-mail acquaintance with Tess. None of this raises the fictional temperature to anything above lukewarm. Predictable and blandly cozy.
Jean Reynolds Page
"The women of The Wildwater Walking Club are a delightful trio, full of heart and determination. As they literally put one foot in front of the other, the three new friends find unlikely paths that point them toward more fulfilling lives. Their journey left me genuinely inspired (and with the curious urge to go out and buy a clothesline)."
Kathleen McGonagle
"Summer Blowout is vintage Claire Cook -- this funny and clever novel about a makeup artist beginning a new life is sure to be in beach bags this summer. Cook has a knack for turning the mundane into the unique, and her characters are eclectic and original."
Peg Patten
"Book an appointment NOW for summer's hot read: Summer Blowout by Claire Cook. Bad hair day? Bella Shaughnessey's repartee is the quick fix! Ask your bookseller to pencil you in for the laughs. Walk-ins welcome!"
Jackie Blem
"Claire Cook has done it again--Summer Blowout is another great summer beach read that will make you laugh out loud darn near every page There are many giggles and makeup tips in this breezy summer read - it's too fun to miss (especially the 'combover intervention'--you just HAVE to read it)."
Jill Miner
"Claire Cook is one of our favorite authors. We love her fun, goofy, big-hearted reads filled with comfortably, familiarly, mildly-flawed characters that most often pass for family. Summer Blowout is Claire Cook's best novel yet. From My Chihuahua Bites lipstick to Italian/Irish family 'staff meetings' to a dyed-and-highlighted incognito pooch, Summer Blowout is poised to blow OFF the shelves -- with the paperback Life's a Beach sailing right behind it!!"
Review Journal
"A delightful look at how to handle middle-age gracefully, courageously and with a great sense of humor."
Philadelphia Examiner
"A great feel-good story."
Midwest Book Review
"Engaging... Readers who enjoy a celebration of friendship will want to walk the beach alongside the Wildwater trio."
Laura Lucy
"Leave it to Claire Cook to make being downsized sound like so much fun! When Noreen takes a buyout and gets dumped by her smarmy boyfriend, she finds herself with a lot of free time. So she starts walking and meeting new people, and planting a garden and installing a clothesline, and basically enjoying herself. The Wildwater Walking Club is the perfect summer read!"
From the Publisher
"Summer Blowout is vintage Claire Cook — this funny and clever novel about a makeup artist beginning a new life is sure to be in beach bags this summer. Cook has a knack for turning the mundane into the unique, and her characters are eclectic and original."—Kathleen McGonagle, Buttonwood Books & Toys, Cohasset, MA

"Book an appointment NOW for summer's hot read: Summer Blowout by Claire Cook. Bad hair day? Bella Shaughnessey's repartee is the quick fix! Ask your bookseller to pencil you in for the laughs. Walk-ins welcome!"—Peg Patten, Front Street Book Shop

"Claire Cook has done it again—Summer Blowout is another great summer beach read that will make you laugh out loud darn near every page There are many giggles and makeup tips in this breezy summer read - it's too fun to miss (especially the 'combover intervention'—you just HAVE to read it)."—Jackie Blem, Tattered Cover Bookstore

"Claire Cook is one of our favorite authors. We love her fun, goofy, big-hearted reads filled with comfortably, familiarly, mildly-flawed characters that most often pass for family. Summer Blowout is Claire Cook's best novel yet. From My Chihuahua Bites lipstick to Italian/Irish family 'staff meetings' to a dyed-and-highlighted incognito pooch, Summer Blowout is poised to blow OFF the shelves — with the paperback Life's a Beach sailing right behind it!!"—Jill Miner, Saturn Booksellers

"A delightful look at how to handle middle-age gracefully, courageously and with a great sense of humor."—Review Journal

"The women of The Wildwater Walking Club are a delightful trio, full of heart and determination. As they literally put one foot in front of the other, the three new friends find unlikely paths that point them toward more fulfilling lives. Their journey left me genuinely inspired (and with the curious urge to go out and buy a clothesline)."—Jean Reynolds Page, author of The Space Between Before and After

"Cozy."—Kirkus

"A great feel-good story."—Philadelphia Examiner

"Engaging... Readers who enjoy a celebration of friendship will want to walk the beach alongside the Wildwater trio."—Midwest Book Review

"Leave it to Claire Cook to make being downsized sound like so much fun! When Noreen takes a buyout and gets dumped by her smarmy boyfriend, she finds herself with a lot of free time. So she starts walking and meeting new people, and planting a garden and installing a clothesline, and basically enjoying herself. The Wildwater Walking Club is the perfect summer read!"—Laura Lucy, White Birch Books, North Conway, NH

Bookreporter - Book Reporter
The Wildwater Walking Club is a quick smart read that will get you thinking about walking, friendship and making time for the things you love."
Review - Midwest Book
Readers who enjoy a celebration of friendship will want to walk the beach alongside the Wildwater trio."
Advance Praise - Jean Reynolds Page
The women of The Wildwater Walking Club are a delightful trio, full of heart and determination. As they—literally—put one foot in front of the other, the three new friends find unlikely paths that point them toward more fulfilling lives. Their journey left me genuinely inspired (and with the curious urge to go out and buy a clothesline)."
Advance Praise - Anisha Lakhani
The Wildwater Walking Club reminds us of what's important in life—the joy of friendship, the power of a brisk walk, and of course the importance of a good book. I couldn't put it down.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401340896
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Jean Reynolds Page
"The women of THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB are a delightful trio, full of heart and determination. As they - literally - put one foot in front of the other, the three new friends find unlikely paths that point them toward more fulfilling lives. Their journey left me genuinely inspired (and with the curious urge to go out and buy a clothesline)."--(Jean Reynolds Page, author of The Space Between Before and After)
Anisha Lakhani
"The Wildwater Walking Club reminds of us what's important in life--the joy of friendship, the power of a brisk walk, and of course the importance of a good book. This exhilarating novel made me want to call my friends and lace up my shoes. I couldn't put it down." (Anisha Lakhani, author of Schooled)

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