I received a free copy of The Pilgrim from the publisher, Instant Apostle. My loyal readers may remember that I have posted enthusiastically about Joy Margetts two earlier books, The Healing and The Beloved. The first thing I noticed about it was that it is a little thicker than The Healing. I as pleased about that as there was more to enjoy! (The Healing has 223 pages and The Pilgrim has 270.)
I read The Pilgrim from cover to cover the day I received it. It was light reading with a hopeful message suitable for convalescents. (I was recovering from a sore throat.) I was keen to find out what was going to happen in the book. There is rather a lot! It could be a book to return to.
The Pilgrim Will a pilgrim’s path be his saving grace? is the prequel to The Healing. Readers of The Healing enjoyed the wisdom of one of the supporting characters. In The Pilgrim we have a chance to find out more about how his character was formed. As he makes his pilgrimage from Abbey Cwmhir to the Island of the Saints, he learns about his fellow pilgrims and begins to understand himself and his faith better. Each pilgrim has his/her own story with its hopes and fears. The loose ends are tied up nicely as we are led towards the beginning of The Healing.
Although I read these books in the order they were written, it wouldn’t matter which order they were read in. Each stands alone.
There are relevant quotes from the Psalms between the chapters. These include verses from penitential psalms, other psalms reflecting the mood of the main character with the final upbeat Psalm being the Passion translation of Psalm 103.
The sketch map of the route is helpful. And there are horses!
Joy Margetts is a regular contributor to the online magazine, Mom’s Favorite Reads. A story about two of the characters from The Pilgrim appeared in the July edition on page 77. If you read it before The Pilgrim you will know more of the background. If (as I did) you read it afterwards, it is an interesting story.
This post is part of a blog tour. The participants are listed below. Links will be updated as the posts are published.
|The Pilgrim Blog Tour|
|WENDY H JONES||wendyhjones-bookaholic.blogspot.com||12 July|
|RUTH LEIGH||ruthleighwrites.co.uk/book-reviews||13 July||INTERVIEW|
|SUSAN SANDERSON||suestrifles.wordpress.com||14 July|
|MARESSA MORTIMER||vicarioushome.com||15 July|
|VAL PENNY||valpenny.com/blog||16 July|
|SHARON RICKETTS||limitless-horizon.com||18 July|
|SHEILA ROBINSON||scskillman.com||19 July|
|JOY MARGETTS||joymargetts.com||20 July|
|ROB SEABROOK||robseabrook.com||21 July|
|PENELOPE SWITHINBANK||penelopeswithinbank.com/blog||23 July||INTERVIEW|