The Way of Glory by Patricia J. Boomsma
Publication Date: November 14, 2018
eBook & Paperback; 390 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
ABOUT THE BOOK
Cate, a teenage girl from twelfth century England, joins her brothers and aunt on a crusade to save Jerusalem that stops in Hispania to battle the Moors. Life on a battlefield strains the family’s closeness as they confront the terror and contradictions of holy war. Cate’s dreams of sainthood change to those of a husband and children when she falls in love with a soldier, but she finds no peace even after the family settles on land taken from the Moors. Cate’s friendship with a conquered Moor soon leads to impossible choices as she faces the cost of betrayal and the loss of all she’s known.
Praise for The Way of Glory
"One of the many impressive things about The Way of Glory
is how lightly it wears its scrupulous research. This fine novel invites you to lose yourself to the compelling character and tumultuous life of a young woman trying to find God and love at the heart of a crusade rooted in greed and hate. This is a remarkable debut by a writer to watch." -Naeem Murr, author of The Perfect Man
"The Way of Glory
convincingly portrays a place, a time, and a people vastly different from our own. Historical fiction is a fantastically difficult genre to get right, but Pat Boomsma manages it with aplomb." -Pinckney Benedict, author of Dogs of God
"The Way of Glory
is a riveting read from first page to last, as it expertly traces the trajectories of several compelling characters caught up in the Crusades. As the protagonist, Cate will steal your heart; she's as complex a fourteen-year-old as you will ever meet, and the fate she struggles against is a complicated and often frightening vortex of forces, made ever richer by the intense evocation and very thoughtful depictions. This is a remarkable novel." -Fred Leebron, author of Welcome to Christiania
This was an ok read. The historical part was really good!! The author made me feel like I was inside the chapel looking up at the ceilings. I could hear the crowds milling about and I could actually see young Cate and her brother Willard.
Cate is a very strong and courageous young woman. I was rooting for her and Aunt Mary through the whole story.
I was like Cate headstrong in her ways and rushing into things instead of listening to others. Sometimes it got her into trouble and I'm glad she finally learned the hard way.
Some of the male names I had a hard time pronouncing. But I still enjoyed the storyline.
I liked getting out of my comfort zone.
I gave this 4 stars because I felt some of the scenes were drug out too long while others were just wonderful.
I received this book from the publisher with no compensations received. All opinions opinions are my own
About the Author
I grew up in a far southwestern suburb of Chicago among the trees and sloughs of the Cook County Park District, then attended college in Michigan. After graduating, I dreamed of an academic life teaching English literature and began a Ph.D. program at Purdue University. There I concentrated on medieval studies, receiving a Master's and continuing on for four more years before realizing that no one I knew was finding a permanent, let alone tenure-track, position. So, instead of writing my dissertation I went to law school. I moved to Arizona to escape the brutal midwestern winters and have been practicing law there for over thirty years. My first novel, The Way of Glory
, is, in part, an extension of my love for all things medieval.
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Review at History from a Woman’s Perspective
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Feature at Coffee and Ink
Review at Red Headed Book Lady
Thursday, March 28
Feature at Passages to the Past
Saturday, March 30
Review at Impressions In Ink
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