Best Foot Forward: A 500-Mile Walk Through Hidden France by Susie Kelly


220 pages | 6 x 9 

Paperback Oct 2011 | ISBN 9780993092275 | £9.99/$14.99

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When Susie Kelly decides, at the age of 50+, on a whim, to trek alone across France from La Rochelle to Lake Geneva in Switzerland, she entrusts her French farmhouse full of assorted animals to a total stranger from San Antonio, Texas. For each of them it is a life-changing experience. Both 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 Susie doggedly tramps 500 miles over unknown terrain, frequently lost and either too hot or too cold, Texan Jennifer Shields copes heroically with lost dogs, erratic electricity, old men hiding in bushes, and a language she cannot speak. 


With detailed map links, chapter x chapter. Follow Susie's journey online as you read. 


A touching, true story of English eccentricity, the Texan pioneering spirit, and two women old enough to know better.


“A book to inspire”

Good Housekeeping Magazine 


“This is one of the best travel books I have read to date. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every drop of it.” 

Bas Bleu, US Amazon Vine Voice


US Amazon Kindle $2.99    US Amazon Paperback $14.99

UK Amazon Kindle £2.39    UK Amazon Paperback £9.99

First published by Transworld (2003) This edition published Oct 2011. Audiobook published Oct 2014.

AUDIOBOOK narrated by Anne Day-Jones available from Audible, Amazon & iTunes.