I honestly struggled to get my work done for wanting to read more. I loved the way you feel like you know everyone in Miller Creek. I felt what they were feeling, as well as feeling encouraged through my daily life to lift up prayers and let God direct my paths. Keep up the good work! Reading this book really hit home for me. I cannot say how much it brought happiness and sadness at the same time for me.
I would recommend this book to everyone who is wanting a book that is a tear jerker. Beautiful story and so true about life. I love the Christian prospective it is told from. It offers answers and encouragement in the mist of sorrow. What a talented author.
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Overview Music Video Charts. Opening the iTunes Store. If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop. If Apple Books doesn't open, click the Books app in your Dock. Click I Have iTunes to open it now. View More by This Author. Description From this bestselling page-turner series comes a Christian contemporary romance novel reminiscent of the writings of Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks--a poignant love story about long-buried secrets, redeeming love, and the unfailing promises of God.
Thoughts of a Sojourner: Pilgrimage of Promise by Cathy Bryant
Customer Reviews Read the series! Other Books in This Series. A Bridge Unbroken Still I Will Follow A Path Less Traveled The Way of Grace But Bo's mother, Mona Beth's sister, and life itself seemed to conspire against them. Without their faith they might not have survived. This was a well-written book that made me care too much for the main characters. Then, it led them through misery upon misery. I think this is the most depressing book I've ever read.
The only other one that came close to being this gut-retching at least ended happily. I can't say that for this one. Don't get me wrong.
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I don't want to endure all-crushing circumstances of where nothing seems to go right in a book, and I want a happy ending. This just wasn't a good fit for me. It made me miserable. I felt like crying through it, and I felt like crying when it ended. Besides the overriding gloom and anguish, I didn't like the way it switched back and forth between the past when Bo and Mona Beth were young adults to where they are old and Bo has health problems.
It made the ache sharper, because I knew what was going to happen. I was hoping for a miracle that didn't come. It made no sense to me that Bo just let them keep him and Mona Beth apart. I never understood why he didn't call her or do something. There were also unanswered questions, like what happened to Bo's first wife. I had read the previous books in this series and liked them, but it had been a long time, and this one did not do a good job of refreshing my memory.
I feel like the author backed up and decided to tell Mona Beth's story, and it didn't work to go back, while being locked into things that had already happened in other books. I wish with all my heart I had passed on this one. I am giving it a 2 only because the author is talented.
It's the story itself that I hated. Cathy Bryant's "Pilgrimage Of Promise" was oddly entertaining. This book held my interest but saddened my heart in many ways. It left me with unanswered questions and why I gave it 3 stars.
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Did Bo ever find out Mona Beth kept all of her promises and just how good she was to his hateful manipulative parents? I would have enjoyed this story so much more if at least these questions had been answered as the story unfolded. Unless there is a rewrite I guess I will always be left wondering. Pilgrimage of Promise by Cathy Bryant. As Bo faces late-stage cancer, the discovery of undelivered letters from decades before helps him convince Mona Beth to finally talk about the promise he made and broke so long ago.
Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers. It's a very different take on the typical love story and HEA, but I like it for that. It did feel a little too convenient that they were never, ever able to re-establish contact with each other when they were young--did Mona Beth really never try mailing a letter from somewhere else, or Cecille never miss nabbing one of Bo's letters?
Even the later ones, when it didn't seem like Cecille was still living at home to snatch them? Setting is clear and believable. Even with all the shifts through time, there were only a few times I had to stop and think about the timeline, and a quick check of the helpful headings sorted those out easily. The adult Mona Beth's absolute opposition to discussing the past--which apparently lasted the several years of her marriage to Bo--was a bit off-putting and out of character for the mostly wise, godly woman who found peace even in her past heartaches, though I can see how it was necessary for the plot.
I appreciated how they both really stuck to their promise despite reasons to the contrary, and that both Mona Beth's and Bo's choices had good motives. Some minor characters have depth, while others may be slightly stereotyped or simplified. Definite strong points in the relationships between characters. Uses both 'baloney' and 'bologna,' which is more strange than wrong. Also Dani's pregnancy is shifted several months, so instead of 'her baby bump just starting to protrude' in April book 3 , the baby is born in early April here.
That change I suspect was intentional, but calling Andy and Trish's son Brody who was the bully-type kid in book 2 instead of Brady is a mistake. The flashbacks were incorporated well. The importance of a relationship with God, above any human relationships, is clear. Mona Beth found surprising peace despite much heartache as she rested in God's promises and nurtured a deep relationship with God. Bo similarly found strength and peace in his faith.
They both acknowledge that God's plan was good, though not what they originally hoped for. Sex, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified at all. No more than kisses between Mona Beth and Bo in their youth, and kisses and cuddles shown in their later marriage. Bo avoided starting a relationship of any kind with anyone else for a long time, despite opportunities. Includes a fairly glossed-over, vague incidence of date rape. Highly enjoyable and very entertaining, with perhaps an issue or two that tempered my pleasure. Have plenty of tissues ready when you begin reading this wonderful book.
It then reverts back to when he met Mona Beth. This book travels from when Bo and Mona Beth first fell in love and goes on to tell why Bo married someone else and how he and Mona Beth were finally able to marry each other. It was beautifully written and there were no editorial errors which enabled one to flow through the sentences easily. Since each book in this series can be read as a stand alone I do suggest you read them in order so that you become familiar with the characters and their relationship to one another.
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