I bought The Wildwater Walking Club at Super Wal-Mart for $2.97. Needing something new to read, I was happy to see a cheap book with a description on the back that intrigued me. It turned out to be even better than I thought.
Written by Claire Cook, it is a story of three women who form a friendship that stems from a routine morning walk. They eventually come up with a name, calling themselves The Wildwater Walking Club, being as they live on a street called Wildwater Way. The new friends hash out a plan to keep themselves motivated to walk, deciding they would add up all the mileage between the three of them after a certain amount of time and they would take a trip together as a reward. The destination would be as far as the walking mileage totaled up to. Meanwhile, it tells the story of the main character, Noreen Kelly, who takes a buy out from the shoe company she works for and is currently unemployed, living on a salary for the next eighteen months and deciding what to do with the rest of her life. By the end of the book, she comes into her own and is in the beginning stages of developing a business designing custom clotheslines.
I liked this book, and learned a lot from it. One of the characters owns a lavender farm and the book gives a whole bunch of interesting information about lavender. The main character also gets into gardening, which is a part I liked reading about. The characters also open their hearts to a former teacher that one of them corresponds with, who eventually dies of cancer. Noreen makes a clothesline for the teacher’s class room for the students to use for various things. This part is very sad when they learn of her passing, but they also find a way to celebrate her life. It is comical and sad all at the same time. When the main character’s mother comes to visit they develop a closer relationship and Noreen learns some about her mother. There is also a romantic story line as well but not like it is in those cheesy romance novels, which, sometimes I don’t like.
The Widwater Walking Club is an inspiring story in more ways than one that I would recommend to anyone who likes to read.