The Pilgrim by Davis Bunn

Intriguing topic handled well


Even before I opened the book, I was curious about Davis Bunn’s The Pilgrim. When I previewed the back cover, I was surprised to learn I would be reading about a historical figure. This gripping story has a strong theme of forgiveness and serving God. It gave me something to think about even after I finished reading.

The story begins by laying groundwork for the major characters and their roles. It felt a little slow at first, but Bunn’s excellent writing kept me reading. Throughout the journey, description adds specific details that help set the mood and stage. I loved reading about the spiritual growth and development of the main characters. The ending was a little disappointing, in that it read more like a biography and less like the story I had just read. I still give the book 4 stars, though, because Bunn does a good job incorporating research to tell this story of a little known piece of history. For lovers of historical fiction, The Pilgrim delivers that fresh taste of something that hasn’t been overdone.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Franciscan Media in exchange for my honest review.

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