The Wildwater Walking Club

The Wildwater Walking Club

by Claire Cook
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KimCT More than 1 year ago
Claire Cook captures everyday life and spins it into a story. She's witty, and just plain good. The Wildwater Walking Club is a scream. If you want a fun read, grab any one of Claire's books.
khalv92 More than 1 year ago
They walk, and walk, and walk. Did not really keep me interested. It's pretty slow.
missmohla More than 1 year ago
I admit i saw this book at BNN Signed by the author and picked it up for that reason , read the outline and bought it. I have to admit i didnt know i was going to like it as much as i did. Along with little ideas for Lavender use thrown in here and there. Very cute book, but one question to Ms. Cook, if you make this in to a movie like you have before with past books can i be in it, any role will do, LOL. Anyhow i could relate as i became unemployeed, live in MA, Love Lavender and on a health kick and who doesnt love a romance, i know i sure do!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had just finished reading another book by this author and decided I would read this one. I like stories about women and their relationships with each other. I enjoyed how the women meet and begin walking together, especially that early on they set a goal for themselves for walking a certain distance. It is probaBly a good book to read on vacation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book about the importance of friendships that are an integral part of our lives. The subject of the job layoff of the main character was timely in this economy. Many people are trying to reframe their priorities and their identities with the loss of their jobs. This book showed that people can come out of this situation in a positive manner, but they must be willing to "step outside of the box!"
kanellio65 More than 1 year ago
Watch out Ya-Ya Sisters, Wives' Clubbers, and Sweet Potato Queens because the WALKERS have arrived! Claire Cook's new book THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB and the walkers are taking over! In THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB, Claire Cook gives us three wonderful women who are neighbors on Wildwater Way and at first don't even know each other. It all starts when Noreen Kelly's "boyfriend" convinces her to take a buyout from her corporate position in a shoe company, and she thinks she has made the best choice. However, she soon realizes that her love wasn't just working for the other company but was working her, and Noreen is dumped by the boyfriend and the company. In a fit of frustration and shock, she uses her actually void company ID and buys up every shoe in her size at the corporate shop for 50% off. With that, Noreen takes her shoes and heads home to Wildwater Way to try and figure out what is left of her life. Sure that her life is over, Noreen sees nothing around her but what she is missing. Not until she makes friends with Tess, her next door neighbor, does Noreen start to realize that maybe her life isn't over after all. Tess, the school teacher who is off for the summer, dealing with a college-bound daughter who isn't speaking to her mom, and Noreen start walking together and they start to talk to each other about life. A third member living on Wildwater Way comes to the group as they meet Rosie. Rosie knows she was doing the right thing moving into her parents' home after her mom died, bringing her family with her, and taking over the lavender farm on her parents' property, but it isn't what she had hoped for. In her friendship with Noreen and Rosie, she literally is able to walk into a different life. The three women begin to walk their way into a friendship that will turn out to be more than they ever expected. They walk and talk and even start to keep track of their steps using pedometers that Noreen also picked up at the "last shoe buy" she made. Sharing some of the shoes she bought with Tess and Rosie, is not the only thing that Noreen begins to share with these women. Their steps go from being more than just exercise as they take to new directions walking and in life. Noreen attends a career coaching group for unemployed people in her company and sees things through others eyes. She begins to build a better relationship with her own mother thanks to her friendship with Tess and watching Tess's relationship with her daughter. Hanging a clothesline becomes a political issue only found in real life in real writing like Claire Cook's. The walkers take a road trip to Seattle for a festival about lavender and along with all this there are the twists and turns, romances and families, characters and settings that make for a great read that only someone like Claire Cook can come up with. This might be called a 'good beach read' but believe me, you will not want to be sitting in a chair after reading this! The story is a fast and fun read, but also a learning experience. From this book have grown, and will continue to grow, groups of walkers who will see the value in what these women did and how it changed their lives. How Claire Cook could have known that this book would hit home with so many of us in these economically changing times is anyone's guess. I think that people who read this book will all take away something from it.Submitted by Karen Haney, AKA Kanellio
AliCKT More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Claire's books for years and one thing just dawned on me. Claire Cook really has a knack for making what would seem everyday women into heroines of their own story. She is able to make the feminine aspect an extremely strong and powerful figure. From any of the Wildwater Walking Club crew to the seatmate from Texas with her flask. They all are very different, yet are powerful and strong in their own right, breaking barriers and glass ceilings. Proving that women can be and do anything they want. What an incredible gift it is to be able to wear fish earrings if we want. Or go back to school to learn a new trade, or travel the world with friends just because. Fantastic book Claire! And a great reminder that we truly can do anything if we don't hold ourselves back!
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book was a great summer read. It was light (for the most part) and fun, and I read it in two days. Since I've been counting my steps, I loved the daily step counts for each chapter. I was very impressed with Noreen's ability to hit 10,000 steps almost every day. My record right now is only 5 days in a row. I also appreciated the company buyout job scenario that Noreen was in. I was able to relate give my current job situation. The occasional Victorian flower references were reminiscent of Vanessa Diffenbaugh's The Language of Flowers (excellent book!) and added to the lavender farming subplot. But the best part of the book was the instant friendships between Noreen, Tess, and Rosie. I loved that they became friends because of walking. I loved that two of them wear size 8.5 shoes since that's my shoe size too! Their day to day conversations while walking were very natural and enjoyable to read. The highlight was reading about the planning for their girls weekend. It was just so fun! I wanted to be going with them. There were a couple of odd plot points in the book: the Fresh Horizons career coaching methods, Tess' obsession with Annalisa Gordon (a teacher in New Orleans), and the clothesline ban. But overall it was a decent read. It would be a good beach book. It's just not something I'll read again. http://momsradius.blogspot.com/2015/06/book-review-wildwater-walking-club.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book to read if you want something light and undemanding; it's not great literature.  The writing is sometimes witty and I laughed out loud more than once.  I doubt I would read another book by this author. 
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Fun read. Loved the various interests in this one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most moving for me was how I could relate to all three characters. Claire nailed it as far as bringing the main characters to the reader. So much so that I felt that I was one of them. Looking forward to reading another.
kan315 More than 1 year ago
If I could i would be part of this walking group.The conversations and the wit of these 3 women are very much the kind I have with my friends. I would love to know more about Tess and Rosie and their back stories. This is a fun read and will make you want to go out and reinvent yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I loved the movie, Must Love Dogs, I am hooked on Wildwater Walking Club. I laughed (and cried) all the way through it. I look forward to the next one!!
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
I just love Claire Cook as between reading my serious novels, I like to catch up with some of the books I have missed by Claire. This was an enjoyable read, and as usual it is about reinventing yourself with lots of laughs along the way. Nora works for an athletic shoe company and it has been bought out. She makes a deal with money and perks to quit which is difficult considering she was a workaholic. She of course, meets the neighbors Rosie and Tess who work from home, and they form the Wildwater Walking Club. They are a support team for one another and band together to solve the problems of the neighborhood community, while building special friendships. During this time Noreen reflects on her life to begin over and start a new path. Makes you want to get up and start walking --get rejuvenated! As always, with Claire’s books – lots of fun banter, wit, humor, and sass along the way. (Nice front cover)!
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To much about walking lost interest very quickly.
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A great read
vinobear More than 1 year ago
I guess I connected because I have a walking club of sorts. Not super deep but a nice summer read.
willieAP More than 1 year ago
Loved the different personalities, and the story was enjoyable
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