I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright
Published by Gallery Books on May 19th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Women, Fiction
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Che Milan’s life is falling apart. Not only has her longtime lover abruptly dumped her, but her eccentric, demanding mother has recently died. When an urn of ashes arrives, along with a note reminding Che of a half-forgotten promise to take her mother to Canterbury, Che finds herself reluctantly undertaking a pilgrimage.Within days she joins a group of women who are walking the sixty miles from London to the shrine of Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, reputed to be the site of miracles. In the best Chaucer tradition, the women swap stories as they walk, each vying to see who can best describe true love. Che, who is a perfectionist and workaholic, loses her cell phone at the first stop and is forced to slow down and really notice the world around her, perhaps for the first time in years.Through her adventures along the trail, Che finds herself opening up to new possibilities in life and discovers that the miracles of Canterbury can take surprising forms.
I adored this book. It was a quick and pretty light read.
Che is definitely a character that has a few things she needs to work out. She doesn’t even realize this until she goes on this pilgrimage to the Canterbury Cathedral. Che spends so much time alone and is hardly around other people. She feels awkward in this group of women that she doesn’t know. She also feels like everyone hates her since she just gives off that vibe. Each woman tells a story along the way, and these stories are personal and some are fictional. But each story holds a bit of truth about the person telling it. I love the way these stories are included. It definitely gave the book a Canterbury Tales feel.
I think the thing I love the most is along the journey each woman is able to open up, and they somehow find friends among a group of strangers. Everyone has something to offer, even if it’s just a few words to let them know they care. Another thing is this group figure out things about themselves that they’ve never been able to really confront before.
While some of the topics that the characters share are heavy, they don’t weigh the story down. Sometimes you need to take a break from the hustle and bustle in order to really enjoy life, and take a chance on new things.