My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the story of two people following the ancient pilgrimage route from south west France, over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain. The Camino Trail, also known as the Chemin de Santiago is an arduous walk which is well supported by the population along the way. To say that some hostels are better than others is an understatement.
The story is alternately told from the points of view of the two main characters: divorcee Martin, an English inventor and engineer who is testing his buggy, and Californian widow, Zoe, an artist.
It starts slowly, but soon gathers momentum until, towards the end, it sweeps the reader along at great pace. The ending is great.
There were times when I was irritated by the switching of narration from one character to the other, but it mostly worked and I enjoyed the style.
What I loved about this story was the building of the characters, from two distinct points of view, and the interactions between them. At times, they were hilarious, at other times they were surprising. There are a few shocks along the rocky way.
The will-it-ever-happen romance between the two main protagonists was extremely frustrating. I was almost screaming at the page. “Get on with it!” Do they ever get it together? Well, you’ll just have to read the book, because I am not about to tell you.
I thoroughly recommend this book. It is very interesting and I learned a lot about the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage trail. I was almost tempted to embark upon the walk for myself.