About the Book
With her oldest son taking a gap year in Europe, her aging father losing his sight and his memory, and her husband of twenty years announcing that he’s leaving her, Abbie Bartholomew Jowett is surrounded by overwhelming loss.
Desperate to mend her marriage and herself, she follows her son, Bobby, to walk the famed Camino pilgrimage. During their journey they encounter Rasa, an Iranian woman working in secret helping other refugees, and Caroline, a journalist who is studying pilgrims on the Camino while searching for answers from her broken past.
Each individual has their own reasons for the pilgrimage, but together they learn that the Camino strips you bare and calls you into deep soul-searching that can threaten all your best laid plans.
In My Opinion
In The Promised Land, Elizabeth Musser bring three very different characters with different life experiences, dreams, and struggles together on the Camino pilgrimage. All while she brings her reader along to experience the challenges, joys, beauty, food, and friendship of this 90-mile walk.
Of all the characters, I probably connected with Abbie most in this story but enjoyed getting Bobby’s and Caroline’s perspectives as well. The plot really picked up and drew me in once Caroline and Abbie meet up on the trail (although the setup to get there was a must to enhance the story).
If you’ve ever completed an endurance race, you will understand how the fatigue strips you down until you can’t hide your emotions. And if you haven’t, The Promised Land allows you to experience the pain, effort, and triumph at reaching the finish.
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