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SANTIAGO TALES: A journey in search of love by [Fallon, Joan]
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A Journey of Personal Growth

By Barbara M. Webb on 25 Feb. 2017

Part of being on a pilgrimage is the cumulative effect of events that take place during while the discipline of walking is maintained. The Camino de Santiago is no different. Everyone has a reason for walking it and everyone learns something from it.

For Beth, the protagonist of this novel, the lesson was "life was for living". There was no miracle but through meeting other people and their problems, she found the strength to face the future and accept what it would bring.

I enjoyed the descriptions of the landscape along the way, as well as the heartfelt sharing between the different personalities on the pilgrimage. The book emphasises the humanity that underlies all of humanity.

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Delightful inspiring read, a page turner

By Elaine Rowland on 21 May 2013

I read this delightful book - a series of tales of Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, just after visiting Santiago de Compostela and was really moved by the trials and tribulations of the characters, whose stories unfold as the book and the Camino draw ever closer to the great Cathedral and burial place of St James. The little miracles that occur during the journey and at it's end are heart warming. (Don't want to give the plot away!) As other reviewers have said it is reminiscent of Chaucer's Pilgrim's Tales and as such is rather inspiring. I only wish I had the guts to undertake the Camino! Well done Joan, write some more like this please!

5.0 out of 5 stars

A heartening & page-turning read

By Ann Victoria Roberts on 17 Mar. 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed Joan Fallon's latest novel. The characters were well-drawn and believable, they drew the reader in with a variety of personal stories revealed over the length of the pilgrimage. The essence of the Camino was there - not just in the places and the difficult terrain, but in the way it changes people. It was very well conveyed - the length of the journey, the act of retracing other pilgrim's footsteps, the generosity and bonding experienced between strangers along the way. It made me want to go back to northern Spain and walk the Camino myself

About the Author

The Scottish novelist Joan Fallon, currently lives and works in the south of Spain. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction, but has also written a work of non-fiction which has proved the inspiration for at least two of her subsequent novels. Two aspects of Joan's life particularly influence her writing. The first is being a woman who grew up during the sixties and seventies, at a time when it was harder for a woman to gain recognition in a man's world. Consequently almost all her books have a strong female protagonist. The second influence is the fact that she has lived in Spain for the last twenty years. Spanish history and culture fascinate her and have provided some of the most exotic settings in her historical novels.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 626 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Scott Publishing (4 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AX5JM4C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,096 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Part of being on a pilgrimage is the cumulative effect of events that take place while the discipline of walking is maintained. The Camino de Santiago is no different. Everyone has a reason for walking it and everyone learns something from it.
For Beth, the protagonist of this novel, the lesson was "life was for living". There was no miracle but through meeting other people and their problems, she found the strength to face the future and accept what it would bring.
I enjoyed the descriptions of the landscape along the way, as well as the heartfelt sharing between the different personalities on the pilgrimage. The book emphasises the humanity that underlies all interaction between people.
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Spanish sunshine and lots of emotions. Gripped me, and left me wondering ?
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I found Santiago Tales a most compelling read, where each chapter you get to know the individual characters more & more. You actually feel that you are doing the pilgrimage with them, you can almost feel their painful feet & see the beautiful countryside that they are walking through.
This is one of those books where you have to read it from cover to cover in one sitting, I really hope that there will be a sequel!
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50 year old Beth leaves behind her cellphone and escapes to Spain. For weeks she is incommunicado, having no contact with family or friends. It’s the way she wants it, needs it, while she thinks about her future. Bit by bit her reasons for going are revealed. On her own she sets out to walk the Camino de Santiago, but soon finds she is not alone as she meets others also on the trail.
The story is mainly Beth’s, but others’ stories are also told – Helen who has recently been reprieved from a life of restriction, Fran who has a big decision to make, and Maria whose reason for making the pilgrimage is heartbreaking. As we get to know them we learn to care about them. Even Lucky the dog – we wonder about her background and why she is making the long walk.
For me, this was an introduction to the Camino, and the idea certainly attracted me. Since it’s unlikely I’ll get to walk it myself, I was delighted to get it know it this way. I can picture parts of the terrain and feel I have walked along with Beth and her new-found friends.
As well as being a memorable story, the writing is of good quality and easy to read.
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I read this delightful book - a series of tales of Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, just after visiting Santiago de Compostela and was really moved by the trials and tribulations of the characters, whose stories unfold as the book and the Camino draw ever closer to the great Cathedral and burial place of St James. The little miracles that occur during the journey and at it's end are heart warming. (Don't want to give the plot away!) As other reviewers have said it is reminiscent of Chaucer's Pilgrim's Tales and as such is rather inspiring. I only wish I had the guts to undertake the Camino! Well done Joan, write some more like this please!
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An excellent book portraying the characters involved and also the Camino de Santiago. As a result of reading this book I have now bought her book 'House on the Beach' too
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Thoroughly enjoyed Joan Fallon's latest novel. The characters were well-drawn and believable, they drew the reader in with a variety of personal stories revealed over the length of the pilgrimage. The essence of the Camino was there - not just in the places and the difficult terrain, but in the way it changes people. It was very well conveyed - the length of the journey, the act of retracing other pilgrim's footsteps, the generosity and bonding experienced between strangers along the way. It made me want to go back to northern Spain and walk the Camino myself!
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I read this in an afternoon, after walking the camino from Pamplona to Santiago. I really enjoyed it. The characters are varied and interesting, and the author writes well about the impact of the journey on each of them - she is open-minded to the effect of the spirituality of the camino on some people, whilst showing the more practical effect on others. A really heart warming book. Buen Camino to those of you undertaking it.
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