Three years after life got in the way of their long-distance relationship, Californian artist Zoe and English engineer Martin have an unexpected opportunity to reunite: a second chance to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims in Europe.
This time, they won’t be walking the famous Camino de Santiago to north-west Spain but the less-travelled Chemin d’Assise and Via Francigena to Rome, along the mountainous paths from rural France.
And rather than each setting off solo, they will accompany Zoe’s old friend Camille—who, despite her life-threatening illness, insists she will walk the whole sixteen hundred kilometres to seek an audience with the Pope—and her not-so-ex-husband, Gilbert, who sees the trip as a gourmet tour.
Then Bernhard, Martin’s young nemesis from the previous trek, shows up, along with Martin’s daughter, Sarah, who is having a quarter-life crisis and doesn’t exactly hit it off with Zoe…
Two Steps Onward is the wise, witty and wine-filled follow-up to Two Steps Forward, Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist’s bestselling novel about walking the Camino. It’s about helping the people you love, and knowing when to let go. Figuring out what you really want in life. And seizing your chances, before it’s too late.
‘Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist’s titles Two Steps Forward and Two Steps Onward, in companion, offer a highly moving and rewarding reading experience. May require tissues.’
‘An escapist, gently witty read that’ll appeal to armchair travellers counting down until international travel—to Europe and elsewhere—opens up again.’
‘No aspect of living and how to live is passed over, as well as details of wine varieties you are unlikely to find in any other work of fiction.’
‘A much more intimate navigation of romantic love, friendly and familial, with a smaller coterie of characters but just as much heart.’
‘A novel of mature love and self-discovery set against the scenic backdrop of the pilgrims’ walk.’
‘Charming and absorbing.’
‘[An] entertaining and refreshingly unpredictable romance.’