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Just put one foot in front of the other. Sounds simple, doesn't it? But when Noreen Kelly takes a buyout from her job of eighteen years 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 tJust put one foot in front of the other. Sounds simple, doesn't it? But when Noreen Kelly takes a buyout from her job of eighteen years 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. Sure, she may have gotten high to "Witchy Woman" and grooved to "Sweet Baby James" back when James Taylor had hair, but she isn't ready for her AARP card. Not yet. But it's the first time in a great many years that 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for her personality, Noreen knows that she has to get moving, so she puts on a new pair of sneakers and a seriously outdated pair of exercise pants, and walks. She doesn't get very far at first--just to the end of her street, Wildwater Way--but she perseveres, and when she's joined by her neighbors Tess and Rosie, Noreen realizes that walking is not an extreme sport. It can actually be fun. As the Wildwater women walk and talk, and talk and walk, they tally their steps, share their secrets, and learn what women everywhere are finding out--that time flies and getting fit is actually fun when you're walking with friends. Throw in a road trip to Seattle for a lavender festival, a career-coaching group that looks like a bad sequel to The Breakfast Club, a clothesline controversy that could only happen in the 'burbs, plenty of romantic twists and turns, and a quirky multigenerational cast of supporting characters, and the result is an experience that's heartfelt, exuberant, and above all, real....

Title : The Wildwater Walking Club
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ISBN : 9781401340896
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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The Wildwater Walking Club Reviews

  • Jo
    2019-03-16 22:29

    This is my first book by this author. It's a light, easy read that never satisfied me. The main character, Noreen, has just taken a company buy-out from Balancing Act Shoes, was dumped by her sleazy co-worker boyfriend, and her life stretches emptily before her. Now that she has time on her hands, she becomes friendly with 2 women from her neighborhood and starts a walking club with them, joins a support group for the newly unemployed, and becomes fixated on lavender and clothes lines. I think part of the problem for me is that this was supposed to be women's friendship book and I just can't figure out why she would want these two as friends, they just keep whining. Tess is particularly irritating, vacillating between being unreasonably prickly and intent on saving the world in awkward ways. I liked Noreen's mother's romance but not Noreen's attitude towards her mother's romance. I had higher expectations for this book based on what I'd heard about the author so I guess I'm upset that it didn't get there. I don't know that I'll bother trying another of hers.

  • Andrea
    2019-03-12 20:30

    Sometimes it's important to take a moment to appreciate the simple, quiet things that life has to offer. Usually in that moment you find what's really important to you. And that's what Claire Cook's books do for me--offer up a little perspective through straightforward, engaging storytelling and genuine characters.The core of The Wildwater Walking Club is friendship. Noreen, Tess, and Rosie have very different lives and personalities, but they complement each other wonderfully. Watching their friendship blossom was heartwarming.As they walk, the characters' personal struggles are revealed--sometimes willingly, sometimes by accident. Following each character on her journey of self discovery was encouraging. Watching them find ways to move forward was inspirational.I wish I knew people like Noreen, Tess, and Rosie. They'd be great friends and walking buddies.(And the lavender recipes sprinkled throughout the book were a nice surprise--I might try some of them!)I enjoyed this story. It made me want to make changes, taught me that it's never too late to find your way, and reminded me how important it is--not just for physical health, but mental health as well--to lace up my sneakers and walk.

  • Claire
    2019-03-11 20:17

    I thought this book was a lot of fun. Noreen is a workaholic who has poured her life into marketing shoes for a mega business that is bought by another firm. Wooed by Michael of the acquiring firm, Noreen finds herself 'redundant' in the new company and takes a buyout thinking Michael will go along with her to new adventures. Not to be, Michael dumps her in the most cowardly cad-like fashion- we don't like him. The upside is that now Noreen has the enviable/unenviable opportunity to really look at her life and beliefs in brand new ways. She starts by using the pedometer ("The least they can do." says the clerk.) that she gets with a pair of walking shoes she buys on her way off the company lot. She meets two charming neighbors, also up for transition, and viola, the Wildwater Walking Club is born. Three pedometers, four pairs of shoes, one lavender festival, and a season of Fresh Horizon meetings set Noreen on a new path. Wry wit and snappy sarcasm keep the pace and tone just right.

  • Kasey
    2019-03-16 01:10

    I don't think I've read any of this author's previous works....but I did see the movie version of "Must Love Dogs" and liked it. Thought she could have used more character development. It's never a good thing when you are approaching the end of a novel and still have to straighten out in your head who is who. She did have a couple of good quotes...."making a fully conscious decision to invest in myself" was my favorite. Not sure I would recommend this to others but it was okay.

  • Louise
    2019-03-10 22:11

    Claire Cook never disapointments me and I totally LOVED this novel!!!!Noreen has lost her job and has taken a company buy-out which will provide her with 18 months of pay and benefits to allow her time to find another job. Not knowing what in the world to do with herself all day at home, she hops into a brand new pair of sneakersand heads out for a walk.Soon after, two of her neighbours, Tess who is married and has trouble with her teenaged daughter Hannah, and Rosie who owns a beautiful "lavendar bush farm" join her. The three woman soon forge a strong bond and decide to make walking their daily routine callingthemselves: "The Wildwater Walking Club." They all snap on pedometers and walk 10,000 steps a day together and plot their successes on a map in the garage.They decided that after so many miles walked, they'll combine their air flight miles and take themselves on various trips together. One of the most meaningful being a gathering of "Lavendar People" in Seattle. What a blast they had together. Weaved in and outof their "Wildwater Walking Club", each woman is fighting internally with her own problems. But as they walk, they share their secrets, their desires, their wishes and some truths and realize that walking with "friends" is actually fun! It makes me want tostart up my own walking group!!This is a book you CANNOT MISS!!!! You HAVE TO get it today!!!Thank you Claire for another totally engrossing, wonderful, fun book!

  • Toni
    2019-02-21 02:35


  • Judy Collins
    2019-03-16 20:36

    I just love Claire Cook as between reading my serious novels, I like to catch up with some of the books I have missed by Claire. This was an enjoyable read, and as usual it is about reinventing yourself with lots of laughs along the way.Nora works for an athletic shoe company and it has been bought out. She makes a deal with money and perks to quit which is difficult considering she was a workaholic. She of course, meets the neighbors Rosie and Tess who work from home, and they form the Wildwater Walking Club. They are a support team for one another and band together to solve the problems of the neighborhood community, while building special friendships. During this time Noreen reflects on her life to begin over and start a new path. Makes you want to get up and start walking --get rejuvenated! As always, with Claire’s books – lots of fun banter, wit, humor, and sass along the way. (Nice front cover)!

  • Missa
    2019-03-13 23:14

    I was whelmed by this book. I was not invested in the characters, and when the author had written a passage I knew she wanted me to be crying at, I was saying "meh."I think she's got a thing for Hondas...? When the love interest picks up the protagonist, he never picks her up, or even picks her up in his car. He always picks her up "in his Honda" or "in his blue Honda." weird.I wouldn't recommend this book. Even the book club questions at the back were pretty damn pedestrian and not even thought provoking.The best thing I can say about this book is that it counts toward my goal of 50 books this year.

  • Amanda
    2019-03-12 21:14

    Really a 2.5. I enjoyed it, but just felt a little disappointed because I've enjoyed Cook's other books much more.I feel like Noreen's transition takes place awfully quick. In a little over a month she completely transforms herself. New friends, new relationship with overbearing mother (who turns out to be a good ol' gal), new commitment to health and sane living, and in general a whole new way of approaching the world.I like what she does, I just don't buy that it could all happen so darn quick.However, I LOVE the plotline about clothes lines and air drying. Who knew that would be so funny?

  • 8383WB
    2019-03-04 23:11

    So now I'm looking to get a pedometer and grow lavender! As a walker (of an undetermined number of steps--hence the pedometer), it was enjoyable to tag along and share the trials, travels and triumphs of three middle-aged walkers. Shallow/predictable? Yes. But sweet enough to make you want to put your sneakers on and walk and listen to their story. And now I'm determined to visit the lavender farm on the Cape that was mentioned in the story!

  • Me
    2019-03-20 21:07

    This book will make you want to buy a pedometer and invest in some lavender for your garden. Three women who have never previously met, despite living in the same neighborhood for years, decide to form a daily walking club. Soon, their friendship develops as each contributes something to the relationship. This is a happy rejuvenating book with several recipes that involve lavender (one of the women owns a lavender farm).

  • Janice Doty
    2019-03-19 03:19

    Absolutely love this book (and author)!! Relaxed dialogue maks for easy reading and I can hear my own thoughts in the narrative. A lovely book about friendship, finding yourself and becoming part of a community.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-14 02:10

    I pretty much picked this book for an easy, quick read to help me get to my goal for the year. I had low expectations. It lived up to its expectations.

  • Christi
    2019-03-17 20:37

    I find it hard that the main character, Noreen, becomes best buds with these two neighbors and jumps a plane for a weekend away with them in about 2 weeks time. What was going to be a goal of walking to earn a trip away quickly became let's go now so let's use all our frequent flyer miles. Where did Tess and Rose get so many miles and they all happen to be on the same airline? And how on earth could they get THREE tickets on the same flights using miles for a trip less than 14 days away?I just didn't see the friendship in this book. Especially since they don't interact at all besides the morning walks. They don't have much in common except geography. And they don't even seem to have fun together. There is always one person unhappy that they are the odd man out when walking or one person disagreeing with the other two which leads to hurt feelings (usually Tess) and feather smoothing (usually Rose) with Noreen standing around doing nothing. I guess Noreen is good for being a shoe provider but that's it. Noreen did not know Tess and Rosie at all before her "buyout". Which really is a fancy way of saying "laid off with severance". So just because she's home during the day she's got two new BFFs?And then they were going to invite a random teacher from New Orleans whose blog Tess reads? That's just a recipe for disaster. Between the three of them, these ladies have no sense. Which would explain why they did not listen to any warnings when walking 3 miles out to a lighthouse at dusk and were surprised to be stranded for the night. DUH. I do like Noreen's mother, Lo. She's a hot ticket. Doesn't seem like Noreen ever really makes an effort to connect with her mother or spend time with her mother. Though she sure does like her mom cooking and doing laundry for her. Noreen is very self-centered. I would like Clair Cook to write a book about Lo and Kent as active seniors finding love after the death of a spouse. My biggest gripe is with the narrator. I can't stand the way she pronounces Rosie (roh-see) and lavender (lahh-ven-dar) which are said on nearly every single page since the character Rosie owns a lavender farm and the three characters go to a lavender festival in Washington. She also pronounces peninsula (pen-IN-Suuuuu-la) strange but that isn't in the book for very long. I can't imagine eating nothing but dishes with lavender in them for one full weekend either. I'm kind of done with lavender now which is too bad because I always liked it. Now it just reminds me of this book. We drove by the Cape Cod Lavender Farm over the weekend and I just said " lavender!!!"

  • Tamara Evans
    2019-03-21 22:21

    There's a popular saying that a journey of a thousand mile begins with a single step and after reading The Wildwater Walking Club, this saying proves more true than ever before. Noreen Kelly has just taken a buy-out from the company she's worked at for eighteen years as well as been dumped by her boyfriend Micheal all on the same day. After a few days of wallowing in self-pity, Noreen decides to go outside and take a walk. While intially she walks in the neighborhood by herself, she soon becomes friends with her next door neighor Tess and they began to go on daily walks together. As each day passes, Nora begins to feel better about her situation and begins to discover things that she was to busy to notice before since she was wrapped up in her job. One day while Noreen and Tes are walking, they pass by a lavendar farm and instantly form a friendship with the farm's owner Rosie. With a shared love of walking and lavendar, these three women decide to create the Wildwater Walking Club.As the months pass by, Noreen becomes confident and begins to juggle relationships with former co-workers, a self-help group for unemployed baby boomers, a nosy mother and her new friendships, she eventually realizes that work should be something you love to do, it shouldn't define who you are as a person.I liked that this book was a very fast read; I actually finished the whole book in one day and the characters were likable. I didn't like how the lavender recipes were placed in the book, I would have prefered the recipes to be found at the end of the book so that if the reader was interested in creating some of the items mentioned in the book, they would have the option to do so.

  • Peggy
    2019-03-13 23:18

    I enjoyed this book. The main character, Noreen "Nora", works in a large athletic shoe corpoation, until it is bought out and she is encouraged by Michael ( a member of the buy out team), to accept a buy out of her own. She gets 18 months of income and lots of perks to quit. After she leaves, she finds out that not having a job is hard since she was a workaholic. She meets up with her neighbors, Rosie and Tess, who work from home and the form the Wildwater Walking Club. They are able to help each other while walking their 10000 steps every day. Tess is ticked off with the community's ban on drying laundry outside. Rosie struggles to keep the family business, The Lavendar Farm, going. Nora just keeps struggling with not having a job and what she wants to do in life. Each lady supports the other and helps sort out the problems each is facing.My favorite part of the book is when, as a protest of the air drying ban, the three of them plan and carry out a little civil disobedience when the post protest signs all the over the community's commons and dump soap in the fountain.

  • Stacey Peters
    2019-02-22 22:33

    I enjoyed this book, funny and inciteful. The author was the typical workaholic, had not even been in backyard since she moved into her house. I was looking for something light, fast and motivational and this served me well. The author finds new friends, a new love, an earthy hobby and a new life when she is 'tricked' into taking a buyout from her longterm job. The thee women (Noreen, Tess, and Rosie) couldn't be more different, all with different issues that they resolve when they start walking together. Bonus--Romance still exists well into old age, you can still be a rebel and a housewife and (not so shockingly) animal print thongs come in many sizes and appeal to the mature set too. The author concludes you have to live your life in full--now. She is soooooo right!! It reminded me of my husband;s favorite saying... 'jobs are man-made, make the money, don't let the money make you'. Great summer reading. I ordered two of her previous novels as well, Multiple Choice and Ready to Fall.

  • Diane Ferbrache
    2019-03-02 02:28

    After Noreen loses her job and her boyfriend in quick succession, she finds herself at loose ends. On the up side, she gets the chance to bond with her neighbors and the three women begin walking every day. This develops into a plot to save the Lavender Farm, stop the ban on clotheslines, take a trip, and just live life to its fullest.This is a very pleasant read. There are no huge revelations here, nothing earth-shattering, just a good story with enjoyable, realistic characters. Funny, sad, touching, and even triumphant at times, I would recommend this to all my women friends. Strap on your walking shoes and enjoy yourselves. I'm going to see what else Claire Cook has to offer. This book is the perfect "summer read".NOTE: although the author lives in Massachusetts, it's quite obvious she has spent some time in Seattle and the Northwest. She got all the details right, and her descriptions of the Lavender Festival in Sequim and Pike Market are spot-on.

  • Tattered Cover Book Store
    2019-03-01 03:08

    Summer is coming and so ,of course, is a new, hilarious book by Claire Cook. This one follows 32 days in the lives of 3 neighboring women who come together for fellowship and understanding as they set their pedometers for their daily walks. Noreen just took a buyout from her job and got dumped by her boyfriend. Tess is a school teacher suffering through her daughter's last contentious summer at home before leaving for college. And Rosie is a "tweener", raising young sons and taking care of her father and his lavender farm after the death of her mother. Cook once again blends familiar and serious issues with her keen sense of humor to serve up yet another summer treat for her vast legion of fans.

  • Jackie
    2019-02-21 01:16

    Summer is coming and so ,of course, is a new, hilarious book by Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs, Summer Blowout, Life's A Beach). This one follows 32 days in the lives of 3 neighboring women who come together for fellowship and understanding as they set their pedometers for their daily walks. Noreen just took a buyout from her job and got dumped by her boyfriend. Tess is a school teacher suffering through her daughter's last contentious summer at home before leaving for college. And Rosie is a "tweener", raising young sons and taking care of her father and his lavender farm after the death of her mother. Cook once again blends familiar and serious issues with her keen sense of humor to serve up yet another summer treat for her vast legion of fans.

  • Nell
    2019-03-14 00:28

    This was a mildly diverting read. Story is about 3 women who start walking together. It's told from the point of view of one of them so you never really know what's going on in the lives of the other two. Seemed formulaic. The political issue they decide to confront is the town's clothesline ban. Noreen, the narrator, took a severance package when the sneaker company she works for is bought out. She's at loose ends with 18 months of salary and a house. Really couldn't relate to her 'problems'. Of course by the last chapter, she's figured it all out, launched a new business and started a romance with a 'nice guy'.The cover art is colorful but unrelated to the story. Should be 3 pairs of sneakers and in a field of lavendar.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-21 21:15

    Sorry Erica. No bueno. This book is about a group of women who form a walking group and supposedly a bond, working out their individual problems. However, the characters are grossly underdeveloped and have no depth. The plot was simple, which would be OK if their characters were rich and interesting. They all had nothing in common except to walk each night. I couldn't figure out how they were friends. Also, Tess was always upset or in a bad mood. ALWAYS. It got annoying. I wanted to kick her out of the walking group.

  • Robin
    2019-03-11 02:37

    This was a good quick read about three women who become friends and start walking for exercise, but the walks become needed therapy as they find themselves hashing out all of their life's problems while exercising. Again, as I have wished before, I would like to be able to have half-stars as this deserves a 3.5 rating. Read this if you like books about women's friendships similar to Nancy Thayer, Julie Ray, etc. (although this is not as involved as Nancy Thayer and it lacks some of Julie Ray's humor).

  • Abbey
    2019-02-24 21:07

    This book was okay. It held my attention enough that I finished reading it. It seemed like the author wanted to center this book on the friendship between Noreen, Tess, and Rosie. However, the friendship really never seemed to come together. The characters weren't very sympathetic to one another, but maybe that is because they really had nothing in common other than matching sneakers and adjoining properties.

  • korey
    2019-02-24 22:37

    I admit right upfront, this book is total "chick-lit", but it was really fun to read. Claire Cook is a real wit and her characters are well defined. I'm going to have to buy this one - I know I'll want to read it again. After reading this book; you'll want to 1. buy a clothes line (really), 2. start a walking group - or start walking if you don't already, and 3. plant some lavender. Great read for us Gals.

  • Terry
    2019-03-01 01:35

    How timely: Noreen is downsized from her job and forced to re-evaluate her life. She finds inspiration from her new walking buddies and the local lavender farm. Claire Cook book's are so easy to read and offer kernels of wisdom to boot. Perfect for beach, plane, and hospital. Compare to Jeanne Ray.

  • Beth
    2019-03-03 00:12

    Fast read! If youy"re out of work in these economic times, think about walking. Gather friends from the neighborhood just because they see you doing it. End up knowing yourself better, being healthier from walking, and having a trip regarding lavender which clicks so well with you that you begin life anew as an entreprener.

  • Vickie
    2019-03-09 00:33

    This is a new author for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I walk 15,000 steps a day and I wish I had friends like these women to drag along with me. It's not always about the physical benefits; it's about the mental benefits as well!!

  • Sue (booknbeachbag)
    2019-03-17 00:35

    Fast, comfy read. Definitely struck a close chord with me... trying to envision my walking buddy and I as two of the main characters of the book. I also loved reading a book about the love of walking and how good it is for the soul!

  • Connie
    2019-03-03 02:33

    This was a really cute, fun book that reminds women, really anyone to not lose themselves to things that don't really matter. It also reminds us not to be afraid to reach out to others and to things that we feel passionate about. This is a book about self discovery. I liked it.