Simon & Schuster|May 7, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-1-4516-2829-6
“Life is not lived in the long, downhill stretches of expressways, but in the obscure, perilous trails and back roads where we stumble and feel our way through the fog of our unknowing. Life is not a run. It is just one step of faith after another.”
Alan Christoffersen lost his heart when his wife was killed in an accident almost one year ago. He lost his trust when his business partner stole his advertising business. He lost his home when the bank took his house. So Alan decided to leave his painful memories behind and walk from Seattle to the farthest point on the map, Key West, but in St. Louis, he is forced to stop.
Because his severe vertigo is diagnosed as the side effect of a brain tumor, Alan must go to Los Angeles for treatment. He is surrounded by those who care most for him: his father, who is happy to have Alan back in his childhood home; Falene, who has been by his side through his most difficult times; and Nicole, who helped him recover from a mugging in Spokane. One by one, Alan alienates them all, and he resumes his journey in angry loneliness. The people he meets as he walks the dusty southern back roads has lessons to teach Alan about accepting love. He just has to have faith that life can be worth living again – and that the woman he rejected will be willing to forgive him.
A Step of Faith is a beautiful treasure to behold. The continuing story of Alan’s walk from Seattle to Key West, Florida is filled with beautiful imagery, historical facts, and wonderful people. However, Alan finds himself in a couple of rather precarious and downright frightening situations in this fourth novel of the series.
Alan, back in California for brain surgery, ends up alienating everyone who has rallied around him to support him during this terrible time. He closes himself off and gives the impression he doesn’t care and everyone walks away thinking that is what he wants. Alan has a lot to learn from the folks he meets on this particular part of his journey. One of the two women is deeply in love with Alan and is disappointed and heartbroken over his behaviour and pens him a long letter. I just hope she eventually forgives her because Alan needs her.
I so didn’t want this book to end and when it did I was wishing it was May 2014 so I’d have the next installment. Richard’s books are always so well-written that it’s literally impossible to pace yourself in order to make the book last longer. Each time I pick up one of his novels I know I’m in for a rare treat.
A Step of Faith is a marvelous story and a completely joyful read. Thank you, Richard!