I was initially drawn to the premise of this book by the fact it was about a woman taking a hiking 'journey', both inward and outwardly. I had plans, in my mind at least, to hike the Appalachian Trail at one point. So I was interested.
Enter Helen, 32, one year after her divorce. With a dog NO ONE likes. Who signs up for a very rugged, outdoor, three-week adventure with the goal of getting her life together and receiving a certificate at the end of the experience. Despite having no hiking or outdoor experience.
And what's not to like when on page 43 you find out her grandmother, who raised her and her brother, at 83, is a member of an erotic book club. And proceeds to discuss the merits of bondage and hot wax on nipples.
However, none of Helen's hiking experience goes as planned. Also on the hike is her annoying younger brother's best friend. Ten years younger than Helen and just like her brother. Or is Jack? And the leader of the hike isn't even old enough to vote yet.
As the hike and Helen's outdoor experience continues, she comes to realize not all is what it seems and is forced to give up some misconceptions, not only about herself, but others.
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. Katherine Center has written a wonderful story which will make you laugh out laugh before getting tears in your eyes.