Mel Ellis knows that her eating disorder is ruining her life. Everyone tells her rehab is her best option, but she can't bring herself to go. Broken and empty in more ways than one, Mel makes one last-ditch effort to make hers a story worth telling. She will walk her own road to recovery along the lesser-known trails of the North American wilderness.
Though she is physically and mentally unprepared to face the difficulties that lay ahead, she sets off on foot from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and heads toward Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. During the long journey, she meets strangers with their own stories, as well as ghosts from her past who can no longer be ignored. But though the land she travels threatens her success at every turn, it's her own dark thoughts she'll have to overcome in order to find peace in the life and the body she has been given.
With pitch-perfect timing and delightfully witty self-awareness, debut author Autumn Lytle masterfully leads readers on a journey down the hard path toward healing.
My thoughts: Where to start with this story? I appreciated the journey that Mel goes on to work through some of the difficulties she has had in her life, especially those tied to her anorexia. My heart broke for her as she struggled to see herself as she truly is. I appreciated that the author drew some from her own personal journey.
This is not a book for someone who is dealing with an eating disorder, or even someone who has struggled with one in the past. It's a good piece of women's fiction though. I was a little surprised that it didn't have more of a spiritual side to Mel's journey of discovery.
Overall, an interesting read that gave me a lot to think about, especially as the mother of a young daughter.
I received this book from Revell. This is my honest review.