Elena Lees, a senior cardiac nurse, is exhausted, worn out from long shifts, failed relationships, and the pressures of inner-city living. She is losing the capacity to cope.
Responding to an intuitive call, she decides to walk out the door, walk away from everything and keep on walking.
She unhooks in nature, and her remarkable adventure to Europe unfolds - upturning her world and her understanding of what it means to be alive.
Whilst a work of fiction, the story was inspired by my 900km solo walk from London to Geneva.
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"A prescient and powerful read with prose that sings
City-bound Elena has lost her zest for life and makes a radical choice - to walk away from her everyday existence in London. Literally. Elena pulls up roots and goes on a life-affirming trek. She has no end in sight, just a hope for positive change packed in with her scant supplies. The questing efforts and pure energy of this thirty-something trekker leaps from the page. The Journey of Water is a panacea for all those stuck in a rut or just going through the motions. Elena's process of discovery and healing is made possible by her openness to herself and the environment around her. The language flows like water and the author's heartfelt homage to the natural world is a timely reminder of our disconnect.
'This is life, if I am true, to live and breathe and be, in this luminous sea.' "
"The Journey of Water is a beautifully written novel. The author takes you into the inward journey of Elena, who takes on an amazing adventure with the purpose of rediscovering her true-self. A deeply meaningful story that will be loved by anyone who understands the need to search for their truth and find some inner peace." MH