Book review: Strangers & Pilgrims by Vivienne Tuffnell

Viv is a blogger and I bought her book on Amazon. She’s also a fellow Lulu author, and we all need the support! 😉

As usual, my Amazon review first:

we’re all strangers & pilgrims, June 15, 2010

By Barb (Roma – Italia) – See all my reviews

This review is from: Strangers & Pilgrims (Paperback)

Six characters with different traumas/heartbreaks type the same sentence in a web search and end up accepted for a retreat at the House of the Wellspring, hosted by a mysterious Warden who never shows up – or does s/he? Six stories of self-healing through creating a relationship with another suffering human being in the era of Google and other web-crawlers.
I was very touched by all the stories (I have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks even if not at their level) and loved the way the author matched the “illnesses”. I won’t spoil the fun for whoever would like to read this book, that I recommend even if you’ve never been depressed, or heartbroken, before.

Now, to more writing related comments only for this blog (which has certainly less visits than Amazon, although I wonder why – can’t they see my greatness? ;-)).

I admit I was jarred at first for the second person narration to introduce the six characters, but by chapter 2 I was used to it and thought it was a very interesting stylistic choice.

I’ll be soon interviewing Viv for more on her book, her writing process and her way to publication, so stay tuned for more!

Happy writing!


  1. Sounds like an interesting approach and well worth checking out. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.


  2. Shafali

     /  24/06/2010

    Hi Barb,

    I’ve been following your comments on Lua’s blog and I always appreciated your ability to bring forth a new perspective.

    About “Strangers & Pilgrims”…
    It’s a beautiful book. I guess a new one is around the corner:) I’ll look forward to her interview on your blog.

    Digging deeper…:-)



    • Hello, Shafali
      saw you on Lua’s blog AND Viv’s Facebook group, so nice to meet you! 🙂
      Glad you enjoyed “Stranger&Pilgrims” too… interview coming up next week! 😀
      Thanks for stopping by!


  3. I really enjoy your interview pieces, Barb.

    Reading about our common struggles is one of the inspirations that keeps me going.

    Mickey Mills


  4. Can’t wait to see the interview of Viv. Never knew how to spell her name — Vivienne — until now!

    michael j


    • I misspelled it too at some point… I’m sure she forgave me! 😉


      • Chuckling all the way from this side oif the Atlantic!


      • Viv

         /  25/06/2010

        Everyone does, that’s why I tend to just use Viv. And then some people decide to add an e or an i at the end of that and make me Vive or Vivi.
        but I answer to anything, as long as you don’t call me later for dinner!
        Michael, I’ve had my website re done recently: so that might help you remember my spelling…


      • Viv

         /  25/06/2010

        I probably didn’t notice!!!


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