Two Steps Forward - Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist

I read, and absolutely ADORED, The Best of Adam Sharp last year.  When I saw a new Graeme Simsion book pop up on Edelweiss, I immediately requested and then noticed that it was co-authored with his wife.  I was immediately intrigued and waited patiently to see if I'd be approved.

About a month before the publication date noted on Edelweiss, I was in Coles and saw a copy of the book for sale!  I immediately grabbed it and I think this is the first time I've ever seen a book released in Canada before it was released in the States.  As the American publication date grew closer, I didn't think I'd be approved for an egalley, but then one week ago I got an email from Edelweiss to let me know I'd been approved!

With only five days left until the publication date, I knew that I had to dive right in and get this book read.  I'm glad that I had to read it in a condensed window of time because, although this book was good, it wasn't riveting.  I wasn't glued to the pages, eager to find out what happens next, like I have been with some of Graeme's other books.

Two Steps Forward is the story of two characters who embark on the Camino de Santiago.  Both have gone through rough life-changing moments, and the Camino is a soul-searching journey.  Like the Camino that the characters are walking, Two Steps Forward a slower paced book, full of lots of moments of wisdom and speculation.  I loved the dual narration especially because it flips between Martin (who I assume was written by Graeme) and Zoe (who I assume was written by Anne).  What I loved the most was finding out that the authors have walked the Camino twice before!  I love the idea of walking this pilgrimage in search of what the soul seeks, and that element of the story really shone through.  The slower pace of the story made it easy to set aside because I wasn't glued to the story, so I was glad that I had to push myself through the book in order to finish it in time.  I almost felt like one of the characters, setting myself a page count goal per day, just as the characters were committing to walking a certain number of kilometres per day.

If you've read any of Graeme's other books, this one is very different.  It's closer to Adam Sharpe in its writing style, but also not because of the co-writing with his wife.  While I didn't love Two Steps Forward as much as I adored The Best of Adam Sharp, Graeme is definitely still on my list of favourite writers and I absolutely cannot wait to see what he comes up with next.

Note: I received an egalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



  1. Hi Melissa, this looks like a goodie. Please bring this over to Books You Loved: May so everyone can see it. Cheers from Carole's Chatter


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