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 death.
Will North's debut novel 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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By Shoppermom on 11-07-18
Close to perfect
I have no recollection of what led me to this book, but I am SO glad that I found it. The story was simply wonderful: two mature, honorable adults, who find love at the most unexpected moment. Fiona and Alec are both the kind of people one feels close to; if they were neighbors or co-workers, they'd be the ones you wanted to invite home for dinner and stay friends with for life, and their strengths and challenges make perfect sense. Their story aside, the descriptions of the Welsh terrain, with its vivid beauty and and untamed wildness, and even the beautiful descriptions of the most down-and-dirty bits of sheep farming, made me wish the story would never end. An absolute jewel of a book.
By Wendy on 23-03-17
A reflective love story
I love anything that Kate Reading is the narrator, with that being said I was not disappointed with the long walk home. I loved the characters. The story was very smooth and glided along beautifully. Kept my interest.
And I marveled at Alec's interpretation of fulfilling a last request. Really got me thinking regarding life choices.
👍for Will North....I want to visit Wales!