Miles to Go: The Second Journal of The Walk Series” is just that… the second book in this series by Richard Paul Evans.  I read and reviewed the first book in the series, “The Walk: A Novel“, in July 2010.  (Read columbiabookseller’s review).  The main character in the books is Alan Christoffersen, a man in his late 20’s whose wife has recently passed away.  She died as the result of a horseback riding accident.  While caring for her between the time of the accident and her death, Alan’s partner in his very successful advertising agency essentially stole the clients and started his own ad agency, leaving Alan with a failed business, and then foreclosure on his house.  Deep in grief, and suicidal at a point, Alan Chrisoffersen decides that he will just leave everything and take a walk.  He decides on a long walk.  He lives in Seattle and as he sets out, he picks the furthest point he can reach by foot, which is Key West.

I enjoyed the first book, but felt it was not really outstanding.  On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being great, I had given it a 3.  But I do remember thinking after finishing the book that I would probably read the sequel when it came out.  The second book was released on April 5, 2011 and I have just had a chance to read it.  To me, the second book is considerably better than the first.  As the book opens, Alan is in a hospital recovering from an attack.  The story proceeds from there.  In this book, “Miles to Go“, there seem to be many more characters involved in the story than in the first book, and the development of the characters is better.

I found myself truly enjoying the book and enjoying the relationships that developed.  While there are difficult times and sad times in the sequel, one can find much inspiration from Richard Paul Evans’ writing.  Evans has written seventeen books plus five books specifically for children.  He is probably best known for his #1 Bestseller “The Christmas Box”.   In “Miles to Go: The Second Journal of The Walk Series“, you read about several people whose lives are transformed in various ways.  The book ends with a definite question that can only be answered by reading the next book in the series.  I will read it, but it is not scheduled for release until April 2012.

On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being GREAT), columbiabookseller gives “Miles to Go: The Second Journal of The Walk Series” a 5

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Miles to Go: The Second Journal of The Walk Series

Richard Paul Evans

Published by Simon & Schuster April 2011

ISBN 978-1-4391-9137-8 

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