A Parallel Path

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After losing his father, Dominic sets off from Avignon on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, under the shadow of the Black Death. Running away from a traumatic experience in Paris, Nastasha unwittingly follows his footsteps. 1,500 km, barefoot. Though more than six centuries apart, they share more than the same path. More, in fact, than they may wish to find out.. More

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About Marco Peel

Made in Greece, born in Holland, raised in Mexico and educated in Australia, he finished his studies in Belgium to work in the Far East, Europe and the Carribean.

A few years ago, he left his shoes at home to walk the Camino de Santiago. Architect and composer, he now lives in Spain with his wife and two sons.


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Review by: Sarah Briggs on Aug. 31, 2014 :
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I remember having a conversation with someone about deja vu and the different theories about time that might link to why people have those kinds of feelings. One of those theories is that everything has already happened before and that time moves in a circle. I don't personally subscribe to that theory, but this almost seems like a good representation of that theory.

Out of the two storylines, I found Dominic's to be better written. I did spend a lot of the book assuming that I knew what was going on and there were a few surprises during the course of it.

It was interesting to see the parallels between Dominic's and Nasty's paths, but I felt that Dominic's were much better described. Even the food he ate varied, whereas I read about Nasty having warm bread and an apple more times than I felt was really necessary.

The idea of Nasty going barefoot was quite an interesting one and I felt that the author did a really good job of showing that, although it was her nature, there were still some problems and a few times when her feet got hurt and even infected. I did, however, think that the barefoot thing was mentioned a few too many times.

I also thought it was interesting how the people Dominic and Nasty met interacted with them. The idea of the pilgrimage is quite a cool one. If I had the time/fitness level/money, it's something I'm sure I would personally like to experience.

I didn't think everything was explained to my satisfaction in this book and I'd be interested in a sequel that further explores this storyline. I'd probably check out other books by this author in the future.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)

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