Title: Miles to Go Author: Richard Paul Evans Publisher: Simon & Schuster (April 5, 2011) Format: Hardcover; Pgs 336 Genre: Spiritual Source: Library Series: The Walk Series #2
Miles to Go continues where The Walk left off. Alan Christoffersen is continuing his journey on foot from Seattle to Key West Florida in a way to come to terms with the recent death of his wife McKale, the betrayal of a business partner and the loss of his home.
Alan wakes up in a hospital after suffering a near fatal knife attack. Angel, a woman that he met at the end of book one is sitting there since her business card was the only thing on Alan and the authorities were hopeful that she could help sort out his story.
After his discharge, he goes home with this stranger, yet Angel seems to be more damaged than Alan is. Since winter has set in dampening Alan’s plans to continue his walk, the two spend the next couple of months platonically healing each other.
Turns out Angel’s real name is Nicole and she has promised herself that she will end her life once she has finished viewing the 100 greatest movies on the American Film Institute’s list. Alan has his responsibilities laid out in front of himself and is determined to help her understand that what happened to her son was not her fault. With her gut wrenching story revealed, they create a pseudo family, which also includes her landlord Bill, and gives her hope for the future.
The holidays are a magical time for them, but as spring appears and Bill’s generosity to Nicole guarantees her a life she had hoped for, Alan is back on the road. This time he rescues a runaway and with her wry humor, their journey does not seem as long and with Nicole’s help, this victim of the foster care system will also have her dreams realized.
Of course, this book ends in quite a dangler. Who is the woman that has been looking for Alan, and why is he not quite putting the face and the picture all together?
I love the constant character of Falene. Without realizing it, they are the perfect team. No matter who or what Alan encounters, she is there. She does not judge, she supports and when Alan is unsure, she seems to have the words that he needs to hear.
There is no escaping that this is a spiritual book. Alan is on a journey seeking redemption. Seeking hope. Seeking all things through understanding. I would not say that this is a preachy book, God is not mentioned in every paragraph, but his spirit is felt. There are great snippets to reread and ponder on.
With humor and patience, both the reader and Alan Christoffersen will reach their destination.