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My New Historical Novel, The Way of Glory

The Way of Glory

CAN KINDNESS SURVIVE HOLY WAR?

Cate, a teenaged girl from twelfth-century Bristol, 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 compassion for the conquered Moors soon leads to impossible choices as she faces the cost of betrayal and the loss of all she’s known.

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 Early Reviews:

"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

BOOK LAUNCH:
OCTOBER 13, 2018 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona

A reading, a lively discussion, and cake!