One of our MCCW board members recently read this book and really enjoyed it. While it is technically classified as a young adult novel (which makes it an easy read), it’s absolutely serious enough to recommend to any Catholic reader. There is even a sequel set in Scotland.
Written by Catholic former Army brat Ashlee Cowles, the story follows a teenage Army brat who walks the Camino de Santiago through Spain to honor her brother, a soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan. The main character comes from a very Catholic family (dad is a chaplain’s assistant), but this pilgrimage is about her journey to develop her own faith in the face of fear, death, adulthood, and love.
The book was a winner of the 2017 Colorado Book Award.
Recap from Amazon: After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made: If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain, making a pilgrimage in his name. The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother’s best friend–a boy she has despised all her life. Her brother is in a coma, and Gabi feels that she has no time to waste, but she is unsure. Will she hesitate too long, or risk her own happiness to keep a promise? An up-close look at the lives of the children of military families, Beneath Wandering Stars takes readers on a journey of love, danger, laughter, and friendship, against all odds.