Monday, May 4, 2009


by Claire Cook
Review and Giveaway

Thanks to Claire Cook and the good friends at VOICE Publishing, I have 5 copies of Claire's newest book to be released in two days on Tuesday, May 5, for you to win!

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My Review of this book is very special to me. Claire Cook's SUMMER BLOWOUT that I reviewed here earlier, was my first review. It has just recently been released in paperback. I am thrilled to be reviewing Claire's newest, and I have to say, I think, her best book yet. You may know Claire Cook's work from some of her other books like LIFE'S A BEACH or MUST LOVE DOGS. If so, you will be as excited to read this book as I was. In my review, I will give you just a hint at what a fun and special book this is. Don't forget to visit for all kinds of great walking tips and info about her other books as well. And now, my review of

by Claire Cook

When I read what Anisha Lakhani, who wrote SCHOOLED, wrote about Claire Cook’s new book, I was thrilled! She said, “ THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB reminds of us what’s important in life—the joy of friendship, the power of a brisk walk, and of course the importance of a good book. This exhilarating novel made me want to call my friends and lace up my shoe. I couldn’t put it down.”I loved SCHOOLED and Claire Cook’s other books so that was good enough for me!

Claire Cook’s delightful novel, SUMMER BLOWOUT, was the first book I reviewed when I began reviewing books. I had picked up SUMMER BLOWOUT, having loved MUST LOVE DOGS that Claire wrote, and was not disappointed. As you can see in my review of SUMMER BLOWOUT that I posted a few days ago, prior to its release in paperback this month, I loved that book as well. Therefore, I am thrilled to be reviewing Claire Cook’s newest book, THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB that comes out in two days on May 5. So watch out Ya-Ya Sisters, Wives’ Clubbers, and Sweet Potato Queens because the WALKERS have arrived! Claire Cook’s new book THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB and the walkers are taking over!

In THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB, Claire Cook gives us three wonderful women who are neighbors on Wildwater Way and at first don’t even know each other. It all starts when Noreen Kelly’s “boyfriend” convinces her to take a buyout from her corporate position in a shoe company, and she thinks she has made the best choice. However, she soon realizes that her love wasn’t just working for the other company but was working her, and the boyfriend and the company BOTH dump Noreen. In a fit of frustration and shock, she uses her actually void company ID and buys up every shoe in her size at the corporate shop for 50% off. With that, Noreen takes her shoes and heads home to Wildwater Way to try and figure out what is left of her life.

Sure that her life is over, Noreen sees nothing around her but what she is missing. Not until she makes friends with Tess, her next-door neighbor, does Noreen start to realize that maybe her life isn’t over after all. Tess, the schoolteacher who is off for the summer, dealing with a college-bound daughter who isn’t speaking to her mom, and Noreen start walking together and they start to talk to each other about life. A third member living on Wildwater Way comes to the group as they meet Rosie. Rosie knows she was doing the right thing moving into her parents’ home after her mom died, bringing her family with her, and taking over the lavender farm on her parents’ property, but it isn’t what she had hoped for. In her friendship with Noreen and Rosie, she literally is able to walk into a different life.

The three women begin to walk their way into a friendship that will turn out to be more than they ever expected. They walk and talk and even start to keep track of their steps using pedometers that Noreen also picked up at the “last shoe buy” she made. Sharing some of the shoes she bought with Tess and Rosie is not the only thing that Noreen begins to share with these women. Their steps go from being more than just exercise as they take to new directions in walking and in life. Noreen attends a career coaching group for unemployed people in her company and sees things through others eyes. She begins to build a better relationship with her own mother thanks to her friendship with Tess and watching Tess’s relationship with her daughter. Hanging a clothesline becomes a political issue only found in real life in real writing like Claire Cook’s. The walkers take a road trip to Seattle for a festival about lavender and along with all this there are the twists and turns, romances and families, characters and settings that make for a great read that only someone like Claire Cook can come up with. This might be called a ‘good beach read’ but believe me, you will not want to be sitting in a chair after reading this!

The story is a fast and fun read, but also a learning experience. From this book have grown, and will continue to grow, groups of walkers who will see the value in what these women did and how it changed their lives. How Claire Cook could have known that this book would hit home with so many of us in these economically changing times is anyone’s guess. I think that people who read this book will all take away something from it. For most it will definitely be a really good read but for others is will be even more. It may be another way of looking at our neighbors, or like me, it may be a realization that walking is more than just exercise. When everyone can get their hands on THE WILDWATER WALKING CLUB on May 5th, we may find our streets are more crowded with walkers than ever before…at least there will be happier and more satisfied walkers, that’s for sure! This is a book that celebrates friendship and teaches us what Claire Cook intended and that is if you are going to walk the walk, then go ahead and take that first step to talk the talk and make the changes in your life that you can and need to do. As it says on Claire’s website “Just put one foot in front of the other”!


WILDLY SIMPLE....5 copies, 5 winners

Enter by 6PM, EST, May 16





for +1 entry------- why you are WILD about winning

for +1 more entry----- follow or if you already follow

for +1 more entry---blog about giveaway, leave link

SORRY! US Entries Only, this time; No PO Boxes







♥ LLL with Leslie ♥ said...

~I would love to win ,because I recently started reading & I would like to read a good book.

~I am a follower !


Bingo said...

Congrats! You are MY FIRST to enter and you made a reading teacher very happy hearing that you recently started reading! Email your address to me as I have something extra to send you right away for you, my #1 entry who likes to read! Yahoo for you!

kalea_kane said...

Okay first congrats to always for discovering a new joy in reading. :) Way to go!

Now, I am wild about winning, because whenever I win a new book or item I am usually learning about that author for the first time. Each book has usually lead to several more from that author. :) To me there is nothing better than making a new author connection. :) Thanks again for the great giveaway.

PS...I got the Arcs in the mail last week. THANK YOU!!!!


kalea_kane said...

Also a follower. :)


nfmgirl said...

I would love to win this book, because I haven't had any "girlfriends" in a long time, and I can live vicariously through the characters!

I'm a follower

Thank you!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

bermudaonion said...

This sounds great! Count me in, please. milou2ster(at)

Anonymous said...

I am WILD about winning because I would like inspiration to start walking! And I follow your blog!

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

I'm wild about winning because I love to read new books! :)

I'm a subscriber (through Google Reader)!


Erin A said...

I am a school teacher, and I have always been 'wild' about reading. I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

Reyna Meinhardt said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to win this book because I would give it to my Mom, who, like me, is an avid reader. After she finished reading it, she just might post a review on her book blog!

I already follow!

Renee said...

I would love to win this book because today is my birthday..... I havea few neighbors that have become friends through walking; hoping to join them in their walks soon

JuneMoonToon said...

I would like to win this book because it sounds intriguing, inspirational and I've just discovered a new author.

I just became your follower.

Thanks for the chance to win the Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook.

Unknown said...

for +1 entry------- why you are WILD about winning - I'm wild about winning because this book sounds fantastic!
for +1 more entry----- if you already follow
for +1 more entry---blog about giveaway, leave link -


Anonymous said...

I need motivation! Count me in on this giveaway-thanks Bingo.


scottsgal said...

I would be wild about winning because it's a new author for me and I love finding a book I can connect with. sounds like a nice summer read

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LittleEagle said...

I would be very excited about this because I really want to discover new authors. sharonaquilino(at)hotmail(dot)com

Unknown said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Girlfriends are hard to find the older you get.

Margot said...

Count me in on the Wild book. It sounds like a fun book to read.

My email is: margot.peck[at]gmail[dot]com

Deborah said...

I'm wild about winning because I'm wild about reading a book I'd not otherwise have the chance to read!

I'm following your blog. asthenight at gmail dot com

Valerie said...

Hi, this book sounds wonderful.
I love to read, and would love to read this book
Perfect for the summer too
KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

A Reader said...

I'm wild about winning this b/c I need reading material for my upcoming beach trip.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Renee G said...

I would love to read this. I'm trying to motivate myself to walk more.


Kaye said...

Oh, I just love stories like this. your review is fabulous. Sign me up please.

I am a follower.

Unknown said...

I am wild about winning because I love to walk. It's a morning ritual with the dog & me!

I am already a follower :)

jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

Sue W. said...

I am wild about winning this book just to be able to read it. But I also belong to one of the largest single women's groups dedicated to friendship and helping each other in the US. We do lunch once a month and also have smaller groups that get together to do loads of fun things. Maybe one of them should be a walking club. Who knows maybe it is time for me to start it.

Sue W. said...

I'm a follower.


Sue W. said...

I blogged this great giveaway at:

CherylS22 said...

I'm WILD about winning this book because I love to read books about women & how they support each other through all things in life!

Please count me in - Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I am wild about winning this book cause I love Claire Cook! I also am a follower who is wild about your blog!

janetfaye said...

I am wild about winning this because I am a walker.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I follow.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Carlene said...

The book looks like the perfect summer read. I will have to add it to my wishlist. I would love to enter your drawing.

Carlene said...

I am a follower.

holdenj said...

I'm wild about winning because I'm wild about Claire Cook! Please enter me~
JHolden955 AT gmail DOT com


Marie said...

I would love to read this, it looks great!

I am a follower.

tattwo said...

I am Wild about Winning. I think this would be a great read and it sounds like something worthy of passing on to a great friend. Thanks for the giveaway.

Gaby317 said...

I'd love to win!! I had a best friend years ago in another country - we had gotten along but really became close because we'd workout together and talk in the gym, then cooking a healthy dinner, and just keeping each other on track. This book reminds me of my friend Mara!

+ I'm a follower via googlereader. Thanks!

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

I am WILD about a good read, and this seems like one! I'd love to read it! aitmama (at) gmail (dot) com

Unknown said...

Follow you.

minishoes1 said...

I would love to win and I am wild about winning because it sounds like a great book and the characters sounds like a few friends I have. I love to read books about women who bond. I follow

Libby's Library said...

Count me in please...and I follow.
Thank you.


Ashley said...

I would love to win because this sounds/looks like a great book perfect since summer is just around the corner, too!

+1 I am a follower.

+1 I posted this on my sidebar at


:) Thanks.

sharon54220 said...

I'm WILD about winning because it sounds like a great book, plus the fact that it might give me some inspiration to start walking. I really need to exercise and lost some weight.

sharon54220 said...

I am also a follower.

Shauna said...

Please count me in! I would l♥ve to read this book!

Kim said...

I would love to win this book!
I am wild about winning because I love books about girlfriends. I have 2 of the greatest friends in the world and we have been friends for 20 years--raising our kids together through thick and thin. The power of friendship is a strong thing.

I am follower.

I have blogged about it here:


Unknown said...

I LOVE books and I think that there is no way anyone can have too many books. Thanks for the giveaway.

I follow your blog (and win great books). Thanks for the giveaway.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I'd love to win a copy because I read and liked Summer Blowout. I enjoy her writing.

I'm a follower!

I blogged in my "Giveaways" on my sidebar:

meah56 AT gmail DOT com

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Julie P. said...

I am wild about winning this book b/c I have been received Claire Cook's e-mails, facebook updates and twitter updates for weeks. She's definitely been building my excitement about her book.

Oh yeah. I already follow you!


KR said...

I'd love this.

+1 follower