The summer is a time when I traditionally try to catch up on my reading. Currently I am working on 5 different books. So when I was invited to read Davis Bunn’s soon to be released book entitled The Pilgrim, I agreed thinking that I would get to it sometime in later June. But once I downloaded the copy, I couldn’t help taking a sneak peak. That was a huge mistake!
While I did manage to read a few chapters of the others, the story of The Pilgrim captivated my attention from the first page. Bunn certainly didn’t disappoint those who are his fans with his latest work. The characters are rich with detail and emotion. The settings are meticulously set with vivid detail and imagery. The plot of the story is both open and hidden at the same time. The only real problem with the work was that I was finished way too soon!
Without giving away the plot, the story is a blend of historical and Christian fiction involving Helena the mother of Constantine the Great and her documented pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem. True historians may take some issue with Bunn’s interpretation and somewhat loose play with the dates and events. Although I must confess I had to look up the background of the story to check and see if the main characters were historical or fictional. Some of the characters you meet on the pages belong to both of those categories as is the case with all good historical fiction.
There is drama, action, character development, and the gospel woven intricately within the story lines of the novel. Each chapter draws you further into the story and the plot turns will make you want to continue to read even when you need to put the book down to do other things with your life. There are moral messages of peace and reconciliation found within the pages. The author has managed to craft several sermons within the story that the discerning reader will find as delicious food for the soul.
The Pilgrim is set to be released on July 17, 2015 from Franciscan Media. I would advise you to pre-order your copy or kindle version if you prefer. You will thoroughly enjoy this work and if you are like me, it may even make you do a little historical research to find out what all is fiction and what all is history in the newest great work from my friend and author, Davis Bunn.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Franciscan Media in exchange for my honest review.
Link to The Pilgrim page on Davis Bunn’s website