There is nothing like waking to rain to make me want to curl up with a good read. Gail Storey’s I Promise Not To Suffer is a perfect armchair adventure if you find yourself dreaming of escape.
The full title of the book is I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, and it’s in the name of love that Gail agrees to go on this hike- a 2,663 mile hike to be specific-with her husband, Porter, after his dramatic resignation from his job as a hospice doctor.
The book is a quick read, and I was hooked from the first pages where Gail and Porter are in a life and death struggle with the elements almost from the minute their journey begins.
If you’ve done any hiking at nearby Mt.Rainier, you may have seen signs for the Pacific Crest Trail. A segment of it goes through the park, and I’ve often wondered what it would be like to hike, and what kind of people make such a crazy, months long trip. Gail’s book vividly describes the trail-a grueling trek that goes through some of the most imposing peaks and deserts in North America-as well as the cast of characters who attempt to hike it.
The book is a memoir, and as you’d probably guess, the author has a lot of time to think while she’s hiking 20 miles a day! The best parts of the book were her descriptions of the trail itself. When she veered into musings about her past, it was less interesting for me. There were also a few bits about trail life with her hubby that were just plain TMI for prudish me! But I still kept reading. It’s impossible not to root for Gail and Porter, and I wanted to know if they would make it to the end of the trail, and if they would still be in love when they got there!
I think anyone who likes a good adventure will enjoy this book, but fans of memoirs, outdoor writing, and taking big, crazy leaps for love will enjoy it the most. It’s also meaty enough to give your book club plenty to debate. You can find it on Amazon, or you can win it here! I have one copy to give away to a lucky reader. If you’d like it, just leave a comment. Tell us what interests you about the book, or tell me your favorite outdoor adventure, or the craziest thing you’ve done in the name of love! Good Luck! I’ll choose a winner randomly from the comments left.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.