Best Foot Forward
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A touching and inspiring tale of the Texan pioneering spirit, English eccentricity, and two women old enough to know better. When Susie Kelly decides, on a whim, to trek alone across France from La Rochelle to Lake Geneva, she entrusts her French farmhouse full of assorted animals to a total stranger from San Antonio, Texas. For each of them it will be a life-changing experience. Both will find their resourcefulness and ingenuity tested to the limit as, in their own ways, they explore and enjoy the culture, cuisine and people of Europe’s most fascinating country. While Texan Jennifer Shields copes heroically with lost dogs, erratic electricity, old men hiding in bushes, and a language she cannot speak, Susie doggedly tramps 500 miles over unknown terrain, frequently lost and either too hot or too cold. Armchair travellers will enjoy this tale of laughter and tears following the adventures of two women old enough to know better. “A book to inspire” GOOD HOUSEKEEPING


“A book to inspire” GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
Many Amazon Five * reviews:
“A Winner! As an avid walker, traveler and reader, I found a winning combination in this well-written, humorous book. I admire Susie’s spunk and tenacity which allowed her to fulfill a dream. Her story rekindled the desire in me to do something off-beat and daring. Thanks Susie!”
"Truly a jewel not to be missed..."
"What a great sense of humor Susie has! It makes her writing so endearing! She's down to earth, kind-hearted and insightful. You feel as though you are walking with her."
"Susie, you are an inspiration to me!"
"This is a gem of a tale about a hike, one of the best I've read. And isn't the internet wonderful? Since reading it, I've found Susie online and made friends."
"LOVE THIS BOOK! What a fun read! As someone who has thought often about walking across country (USA), I felt like I shared Susie's adventure. This book is written so well and with a lot of humor that made me laugh out loud. Fabulous book. Looking forward to others."
"Wonderful, brilliant! This book is about a brave woman who takes the bull by the horns, & actually does things lots of us would love to do, but, through indolence, laziness, fear, lack of time or opportunity, never get round to. But it's more than that…"