The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook

The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook: Book Cover

From the book flap: Just put one foot in front of the other. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But when Noreen Kelly takes a buyout from her job and gets dumped by her boyfriend in one fell swoop, she finds it hard to know what that next step is – never mind take it. At first Noreen thinks maybe her redundancy package could be an opportunity, a chance to figure out what to do with the rest of her life while her company foots the bill…

For the first time in a great many years, Noreen has time to herself. And she has no idea what to do with it. When she realizes that she’s mistaken her resume for her personality, Noreen knows that she has to get moving…

When she’s joined by neighbors Tess and Rosie, Noreen realizes that walking is not an extreme sport.

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My thoughts: I edited the synopsis because I felt it told too much. I read this book in a day – stopping occasionally for things like laundry, errands, etc. That was a good thing because I’d read a few chapters and then have time to really think about the changes taking place in the lives of the three friends (Noreen, Tess and Rosie). It’s a realistic and lovely transformation! The once “wave from the car” neighbors become good friends and find that small changes make a big difference in their lives.

Claire Cook is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I enjoyed reading Summer Blowout last year. I also liked the film version of her book Must Love Dogs. Her humorous writing shines in The Wildwater Walking Club. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys contemporary women’s fiction.

You can read more about the author and her books here.