Book Club ’14: A Step of Faith & Walking on Water (The Walk series)
If you’ve never read Richard Paul Evans, think Nicholas Sparks (but even sappier) with a much-needed sense of morality.
These two titles represent the last two books in a five-book series that started with The Walk. Alan’s wife, the love of his life, has a horse-riding accident, and in the month that transpires between the accident and her death, his partner steals his business, and he loses almost everything he owns. And then she dies. So in his grief he makes the obvious choice – to walk across the country.
As Alan journeys from Seattle to Key West on his own two feet, he learns poignant lessons and meets fascinating people. Sometimes the sections of the story are too disjointed. Sometimes the diary entries are ridiculously contrived (really, Richard, no man alive thinks like this, I’m pretty sure). But I read these books as an escape, a quick read that can make me cry and laugh and enjoy thinking about what it would really be like to just get up and decide to walk across the country.
By far, my favorite installment was the second one, Miles to Go, but all five of them were good, light reads. They’re not going to change your world but they’ll entertain you for a weekend.