We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about The Promised Land by Elizabeth Musser.
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 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.
A fascinating story, which I have discovered is part of a series, I want to read the first two now. This story is about faith, responsibility, family, love, trauma and spiritual journeys.
Abbie is suddenly left alone as her eldest son Bobby decides to take a gap year in Europe and her youngest switches to a boarding school to enhance his football. At the same time her husband of twenty years complains of her controlling and manipulative behaviour and wants a break. Shocked and angry by his actions Abbie invites herself to walk the Camino trail with Bobby.
This story is told using three viewpoints; Abbie, Bobby and Caroline. They all have their own problems to feel burdened by and the author has developed these characters well so you feel for each.
‘It’s about the journey, not the destination’. I became intrigued by the Camino trail after reading this book. The author has a wonderful way in describing the sights, smells and food of the trail perfectly. It all sounds incredible.
The Promised Land is a thought-provoking read with wonderful characters and great plot.
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Elizabeth Musser, an Atlanta native, lives and works with her husband in southern France. She is the author of 11 novels, including the critically acclaimed The Swan House and When I Close My Eyes. Twitter @EMusserAuthor