When forty-three-year-old Fiona Edwards first sees the lanky
backpacker striding up the lane toward her award-winning farmhouse
bed-and-breakfast in the remote mountains of North Wales, she's
puzzled. She's used to unexpected strangers, but few arrive on
foot. The man to whom she opens her door is
middle-aged, unshaven, sweat-soaked . . . and arrestingly handsome.
What neither of them knows at that moment is that their lives are
about to change forever.
American Alec Hudson has carried the ashes--and the memory--of his
late ex-wife, Gwynne, all the way from London's Heathrow Airport,
honoring her request that he scatter them atop a mountain they had
climbed together years before--the same brooding peak whose jagged
cliffs rise to the sky from the back pastures of Fiona's farm. But
the weather doesn't cooperate, and as Fiona and Alec wait for it to
clear, they are drawn together by mutual loss, longing, and the
miracle of love at midlife.
On the day he finally reaches the summit, Alec is caught in a
vicious hailstorm. As he struggles to descend, he stumbles upon the
body of a man he recognizes from a photograph at the farm: it is
Fiona's ailing and reclusive husband, David, and he is close to
Will North's debut novel, "The Long Walk Home," is a story about
grief and hope, about love and loss, and about two people
struggling with the agonizing complexities of fidelity--to a
spouse, to a moral code, to each other, and to a passion neither
thought would ever appear again. By turns lyrical and gripping, set
amid a landscape of breathtaking beauty and unpredictable danger,
this is a story you will not soon forget.
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