Monday, July 6, 2015

Along the Way: Three Friends, 33 Days, and One Unforgettable Journey on the Camino de Santiago by Jacqueline Kolosov

Three friends, 33 days, and 500 miles walking the Camino de Santiago add up to one journey they’ll never forget
Piper Rose, Dani Shapiro, and Alexandra ‘Tessa’ Louise De Mille Morrow share a history that goes back to their preschool years in Chicago when their families were still intact. Now Piper lives in Evanston with her divorced dad, her estranged, unstable mother popping in and out of her life at random moments. Meanwhile, Dani’s been living in Santa Fe with a psychologist mom pregnant with her fiancĂ©’s IVF babies. The blueblood Tessa resides on a prominent street in Boston and dreams of a romantic and well-heeled love story like that of her great-grandmother who went to France during World War II. Now that it’s the summer before college, these radically different friends decide to celebrate their history and their future by walking the legendary pilgrimage along the Way of St. James, from the French Pyrenees to the Spanish city of Santiago. Along the way, each young woman must learn to believe in herself as well as in her friends, as their collective journey unfolds into the experience of a lifetime.

My Thoughts:

Looking for a great road trip book to enjoy, well this is the book for you. I had a blast going along with there adventure and finding out what they were going to do. This book had a lot of drama that had me wanting more. It was like watching "Day's of Our Lives" (my favorite soap) and just really getting into it to find out what they were doing and how they will overcome the many obstacles they faced.  This book also reminded me of one of Sarah Dessen's great books. Kolosov is a darn good author that even surprised me. It's had keeping up with the drama and it did confuse me but when I kept up with the book and really devoted my time there was nothing I could do but get comfy and enjoy the story line. 

The Author:

Jacqueline Kolosov walked the Way of St. James/Camino of Santiago in the summer of 1999 and had her own share of miracles (including a pony who stepped onto the path) as well as bed bugs and cyclists. Next to giving birth to her daughter, the pilgrimage is hands down the most exhilarating event of her life. Jacqueline has published several novels for teens including THE RED QUEEN’S DAUGHTER and GRACE FROM CHINA. She also writes short stories, essays and poetry. Her third collection of poems is MEMORY OF BLUE, and she has a short story collection, LOVE, THE BITTERSWEET forthcoming. A passionate animal lover, she lives with her family including 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs and a 1/2 Andalusian mare in West Texas. Jacqueline teaches creative writing and literature at Texas Tech university. She loves to run, swim, and practice yoga. And like the friends in Along The Way, she is a bookworm, a clothes horse, and an avid (amateur) artist.
Connect with Jacqueline on her website.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, just me stopping by from the Novel Publicity team :) So glad you could be part of the tour! I never thought of this as a good travel book, but I think you're right - reading this on a plan or boat would be really fun! When you have a moment, if you could cross post your review to Amazon and/or Goodreads, I know the author will really appreciate it!