After losing her center, her marriage, and her future in one stroke, Gwen Van Velsor set off to find a new path. She traveled across the United States before finding her way to the Camino de Santiago, a journey that would redefine her life. Her story is a reflection on love, faith and the food that got her here from there.
A few months ago, I received a message from the author asking if I would like to read her book for review. I had never done this before, but something in me had me agreeing this time---not so much to get a free book, but because she had a food blog.
Yes, she had me at Food Blog...Gourmet Gwen.
I'm a sucker for food blogs.
So, I agreed, she sent me her book and I set it on my nightstand and there it sat, thru August, thru September and I finally picked it up a few days ago---October.
Let me just state for the record, that you might be thinking, of course she's going to say it's good--she got a free book. But here's the thing--if I didn't like it, I just wouldn't have mentioned it at all. Ever.
I was under no obligation, but here is the thing, once I started reading it, I fell in love.
It's a memoir. It's reflective. Two things I love.
She grew up in the Pacific Northwest. I did too (this had nothing to do with the story, I just found it interesting)
She's a coffee drinker and a walker on a spiritual quest.
AND a food blogger!
She's what I imagine myself to be.
She actually does these things (I just think about them), and writes about her experiences.
I thought she wrote well, it flowed well and kept me turning the page.
There you have it! My armature reviewer opinion.
I liked the story and she wrote well.
(this is why I don't review books very often--I don't write well, or explain myself well)
The thing is--I felt very connected to Gwen's story.
I felt as if I knew her journey on the Camino de Santiago, because in a strange coincidence, I know at least 5 people who have walked the Camino, from my small little town .
One is my Friday Night Dinner Friend, and one I saw at book club last night. (now bookclub thinks we should walk the Camino next March).
On the back of her book, the description says that her story is: a reflection on love, faith and the food that got her here from there.
I wish I had written that, because that it in a nutshell.
I enjoyed the story.